June 24, 2012

Dona Flor Bahia Blend Robusto (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.

The Bahia Blend line of Dona Flor cigars come from the Reconcavo Basin in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Consisting of Mata Norte and Mata Fina tobacco, this is a dark brown cigar.

Wrapper: Mata Fina
Binder: Mata Fina
Filler: Mata Fina and Mata Norte

This cigar, like all the other Dona Flor cigars is well made and very dense.

The test draw was very good. After light up the initial flavors were leather, light cedar, vanilla, and a roasted nut flavor with a nice amount of pepper. As always, I let it rest a minute before proceeding.

About a half inch in the flavors settled down into light leather, cedar, vanilla, coffee, and a nice amount of pepper. There was also a salty flavor. The finish is a light vanilla with just a little lingering pepper.

About 1 1/2 inches in the leather notes have decreased and the coffee notes have caught up with the leather. The cedar notes have some sweetness now and the vanilla notes have pretty much disappeared. The pepper is still nice. The finish is now a creamy, light vanilla and some raw almond along with some lingering pepper. The salty notes have decreased greatly, which was good. The coffee and leather notes are about even at this point.

Close to the midpoint there is some nice, light richness in the cedar. The leather notes are a close second in flavor along with the coffee notes. The finish is the same as before. The ash in this cigar is tight but the burn is a touch off.

At the end of the cigar the cedar notes with some richness was very nice. The coffee and leather were pretty much even. The pepper remained nice. The finish continued to be one of vanilla and raw almond with some lingering pepper. This was a nice cigar but it did not have enough pop for me. I would prefer the cedar to have more richness. Not a bad cigar but just not what I look for.

Score: 86

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