Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vengeance Maduro Ligero (robusto) cigar review

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The Vengeance Maduro Ligero is made by Exclusive Cigars , the same makers of Kristoff cigars, which I really enjoy. This cigar debuted in September of last year. It uses a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, a Cuban seed Honduran binder and a filler of Cuban seed Dominican and Honduran tobaccos. The cigar is available in four sizes: a robusto, torpedo, super toro and a 6 x 60. I had the pleasure of smoking the robusto, courtesy of Silo Cigars.

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The robusto is 50 ring gauge by 5.5 inches long. The cigar comes wrapped in a cedar sleeve with an additional band at the foot. This rustic looking Maduro has a leathery aroma and actually feels like leather as well. The cigar feels evenly packed and has a nice oily sheen.

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The draw on the cigar was just perfect. It was free and clear with a slight resistance. The volume of smoke produced was thick and creamy. The initial flavors showed rich espresso with a balance of sweet cream. There was also a unique floral note (manufacturer describes it as "apricot"?) which comes through at the beginning of each draw. Black pepper shows up on the finish and leaves a slight tickle to the throat. Eventually a helping of walnuts are included with the last half of the cigar showing primarily floral, nutty, hard wood, spicy and sweet notes. I did notice a slight similarity of the floral note of this cigar to the Kristoff Criollo. Nevertheless, it definitely has it's own unique flavor that I've never tasted before. It's quite tasty.

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This cigar is available in boxes of 20 for around $121. You can call Silo Cigars at 1-865-675-7456 to find out more and to order. I would definitely smoke this cigar again. It burns evenly, the ash stays on despite some flowering. The cigar draws like a dream and the flavors are full but nicely balanced. I can see why Exclusive cigars has become a fast growing boutique company.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

How odd. I smoked one of these a couple of years ago as it turned up from Famous Smoke Online with a Rocky Patel sampler, so I assumed it was one of his.
Being in the UK we get only a smattering of decent non-cubans and the Vengence was indeed excellent. So much so I remember the bbq i was at at the time which this cigar complemented well, being a strong yet not overpowering smoke.

Thanks for the info,

ROY. R
CreekEnd, UK

doc8466 said...

I love this stick! Just had my first one a couple weeks ago, from a 5er, and it's also coming up in the Dog Watch cigar club this month too.
This is a superior sub $5 cigar. thanks for the review!