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On the heels of their successful introduction of the Azan line of cigars in 2013 Roberto Duran Cigars is now introducing their premium line. This is the Roberto P. Duran. It pays homage to their Cuban roots and uses only premium tobaccos. Today's vitola is the La Punta, a 6 x 54 torpedo.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Crillo
Filler: Nicaraguan and other Latin America tobaccos (unknown)
Available in these sizes:
The Rio Toa (5 x 52)
La Punta (6 x 54) REVIEWED TODAY
Tainos (6 x 56)
Cocique Guama (6 x 60)
The cigar is beautiful and light in color. It's a little darker than a Connecticut wrapper and silky smooth looking. It has a nice density. It feels heavy in the hand.
I took the minimum cut from the cap and the test draw was great. The initial flavors were a sweet, tangy tangerine citrus with white chocolate and notes of dry nuts. The pepper is rated at an 8 and tastes like white pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point but I expect it to ramp up. The initial flavors are very impressive.
About 3/4 inch in the cigar is going along nicely but now there are brown sugar and nutmeg notes. The sweetness of brown sugar is very nice. The finish is very sweet. It is one of sweet cream with some brown sugar influence. There is a lot of lingering white pepper, which is very nice. The ash is salt and pepper in color and the cigar is burning evenly.
With about 3 inches remaining the citrus is the primary flavor. The roasted nuts are very noticeable. The nutmeg is subtle and the white chocolate is secondary. The brown sugar continues to give a lot of sweetness to the cigar. The cigar is approaching medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged but I love the lingering white pepper.
The cigar did not have any major changes to the end. The citrus notes dominate, followed by the roasted nuts and brown sugar. I lost the white chocolate and nutmeg but that's ok. The cigar is now full bodied. The cigar continued to ramp up throughout. The finish is unchanged but again, I love the lingering white pepper!
A few notes: in the last 10 days General Cigar bought Torano Cigars. Jack Torano was hired by Roberto Duran Cigars and now will be working with them.
This cigar is very good. If your palate is similar to mine you will love this cigar. Truly worthy of a premium cigar. Loved it! Look for these at your local shop.