January 08, 2017

Villiger 1888 Robusto (4 7/8 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Villiger 1888 cigar is getting a new look. While the blend is remaining the same, the cigar is getting repackaged with newly designed boxes and bands.

Back in February 2009, the VilligerNorth America introduced the Villiger 1888 cigar into the U.S. market. 1888 represents the year that Villiger Cigars was founded and the cigar had been created to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the company.

The new repackaging symbolizes the company colors of Villiger – red, black, and white.  The new boxes emphasize bright red color. Red is also a prominent color with the new banding.

The Villiger 1888 uses the same blend that was originally created by Villiger Chairman, Heinrich Villiger. The blend consists of a Ecuadorian wrapper, Mexican binder, and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers.  The cigars are available in five sizes: Corona, Robusto, Toro, Torpedo, and Toro Gordo. Production will also remain in the Dominican Republic.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Mexican
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (ABAM Cigars S.R.L.)

The Villiger 1888 is available in five sizes – each in 20 count boxes.

Corona: 6 x 43
Robusto: 4 7/8 x 50 REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 6 x 50
Torpedo: 6 x 52
Toro Gordo: 6 x 60

The cigar has an average feel in the hand for a robusto.

The test draw after cutting the cap was almost effortless. The initial flavors were light dry cedar notes with ample white chocolate and sweet cream. There was black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. The cigar starts off rather mild. The finish, at this early stage, is a white chocolate with hints of dry oak with an above average amount of lingering black pepper.

A little over an inch in (20 minutes) the flavors are just like I previously described only sweeter. There is also a touch of buttery notes. The sweetness in this cigar is very thick.

At the midpoint (38 minutes) the ash is still intact. That's always impressive. I had to remove the band at this point and the wrapper came apart but I repaired it with cigar mender so all is well. The flavors are unchanged and the black pepper is now up to an 8. The finish is moving to a sweet cream but it seems to go back and forth from white chocolate to sweet cream.

The cigar lasted about 1 hour and 5 minutes. The flavors stayed consistent to the end; dry cedar, white chocolate, and buttery, sweet cream with ample black pepper. This would make an excellent morning cigar with a cup of coffee. The cigar remained rather mild ending up at mild to medium at best. The flavors were quite good. Just keep in mind this is a rather mild cigar.

Score: 91

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