Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ambos Mundos Robusto Cigar Review

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Ambos Mundos by Tatuaje and Jose Pepin Garcia is the latest brand to aim for the cost-conscious consumer. Made in only two sizes, a 5x50 robusto and a 6x50 toro, these cigars use a lower grade tobacco than what they put in their premium labels. Currently, there are two wrapper types to choose from, a Nicaraguan Habano or an Ecuadorian Sumatra. Both cigars come packaged 25 to a box for $112.50 at Silo Cigars.

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Thanks to Silo Cigars, I was able to smoke both versions of the Ambos Mundos. Both cigars were well constructed and had a neat appearance. Both cigars were also somewhat veiny but I wouldn't call it "rustic". The Habano wrapped cigar was "toothy" and had a fine sandpaper coarse feel to it, while the Sumatra wrapped cigar was more smooth in texture. The Habano was also lighter in color and had a sweeter compost aroma versus the much more earthier aroma of the darker Sumatra. Both cigars were evenly packed and drew perfectly producing heavy plumes of smoke.

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Taste-wise, I felt the Habano showed more complexity in flavor. It started off with nice chocolatey notes with a touch of lemon tartness which was balanced off with some creaminess. The cigar then progressed to a nutty and cedary body while maintaining it's mouth-watering tartness and slight sweetness. The final third of the cigar showed some bitterness but the overall experience was smooth and not harsh. The strength of this cigar was medium in my opinion.

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The Sumatra cigar, on the otherhand, was richer in flavor. Mocha with a touch of spicy heat which could be felt on the lips and tongue. Eventually a strong cedary flavor takes over most of the smoke, leaving little in the way of complexity. This cigar was also smooth with no bitter notes or harshness. I would categorize this cigar as medium to full.

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As far as burn characteristics go, the Habano burned more evenly than the Sumatra. Both cigars were easy to light and each produced a nice light colored ash. None required re-lights or corrections.

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Overall, these were both very smokable cigars for $4.50 a stick. While neither one is a "wow!" cigar, they both smoked smooth and were enjoyable enough for an everyday smoke. I would say the Habano Ambos Mundos is more of a mid-day smoke, while the Sumatra Ambos Mundos could be smoked as an after dinner cigar. With the price increases soon to be implemented, I would recommend getting a box of one of these cigars to maximize your savings. For outstanding service and the best prices, try Silo Cigars on-line.

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Smoke down of the Ambos Mundos Habano:


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and the Ambos Mundos Sumatra:



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3 comments:

dmj said...

I got one robusto of each wrapper variety about a week ago. I smoked the Habano a few days ago, and pretty much agree with your assessment--good cigar, but not a great one. If you come into this one expecting a bargain Tatuaje, you are bound to be disappointed. I'm looking forward to lighting up the Sumatra sometime this weekend.

Scott said...

Very nice review.. I love both of the Ambos Mundos... The Habano wrapper is my favorite of the two. I've added your link to my blog roll on www.cigarchoice.net Hope you don't mind! Us cigar bloggers gotta stick together!
Scott

Lisa B. said...

Scott, thanks a lot. I'll have to check out your site as well. I have been so busy as work lately, it's hard me to post reviews as often as I would like.