August 23, 2020

Onyx Bold Nicaragua Robusto (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

 “The Onyx Bold is a much anticipated follow up to the award-winning Onyx Reserve, which boasted an impressive 94 cigar rating from Cigar Aficionado when it was first introduced,” said Rafael Nodal, Head of Product Capability for Tabacalera USA. Now back with three vitolas that includes a larger 60 x 6 Magnum, the expertly constructed Onyx Bold Nicaragua delivers a complex smoking experience that adult smokers expect from the Onyx Brand.

This distinctive cigar is handmade at the AJ Fernandez factory in Nicaragua and “brings a meticulously fermented dark, San Andres wrapper that envelopes a unique blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos aged for more than four years”, Nodal said.

To add to the excitement, the Onyx Bold Nicaragua will be offered three sizes: 54 x 6 Toro; 50 x 5 Robusto; and now in a bigger 60 x 6 Magnum vitola to round out the big and bold cigar experience.

The Onyx Bold Nicaragua is presented in a sleek matte black 20-count box with eye-catching touches of silver and white that is sure to make a bold statement in any humidor.


Robusto (50 x 5) - $8.90 REVIEWED TODAY

Toro (54 x 6) - $9.25

Magnum (60 x 6) - $9.80

The cigar is very dark and plays well against the bright metallic silver band.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, brown sugar, a little cinnamon, a thick and pasty nutmeg, a lot of dark chocolate and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. A dark start.

At the first third (33 minutes) the smaller ring of this cigar is giving a little better flavor. I had previously sampled the Magnum and the Toro. The nutmeg has become manageable and the other flavors are still in play. There is still quite a bit of dark chocolate and black coffee. The cigar is smooth. I would call the cigar medium to full bodied. The finish is dark chocolate and black coffee with a little nutmeg mixed in. There was decent lingering black pepper. The cigar is quite dark but has some sweetness. I rated the first third 92.

At the second third (56 minutes) the cigar continues to be very dark noted but the sweetness has dipped a bit. It is now full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I like the dark chocolate and black coffee notes but the cedar and brown sugar are struggling to keep up. I rated the second third 91.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 18 minutes. The final third was pretty much a carbon copy of the second third. The sweeter notes were still somewhat suppressed. The cigar is full bodied. The dark chocolate is very pronounced. The finish has a little more nutmeg now but otherwise the same notes. I'm a little on the line with this cigar but it has nice flavors. It just lacks significant sweetness. I held the score of 91 for the final third. 

Overall Score: 91.33

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