JC Newman

April 26, 2022

Casdagli Daughters of the Wind Robusto (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

When a cigar company adds a new size to one of its lines, it’s a pretty formulaic announcement and process. The company generally either had a request for a certain size or needed to adjust to changing market preferences, and as such developed the blend to work in that size, either by adjusting ratios to maintain a certain flavor profile or letting the vitola have some impact on the flavor by way of the changing ratios of filler to binder and wrapper.

However, for Casdagli’s Daughters of the Wind Robusto, the company gave the cigar a blend that is different from the other four sizes, using an Ecuadorian HVA wrapper, an Ecuadorian criollo 98 binder and a mix of filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

While the wrapper is the same, It’s a departure from the Costa Rican binder and filler blend of Dominican and Peruvian tobacco that the original four sizes used, three of which are salomones and belicosos, making the robusto the second parejo in the series.

“We have been collaborating on special projects with Don Olman for over six years now and are confident the Robusto is in safe hands,” said Jeremy Casdagli, the company’s founder, in a press release at the time of the cigar’s announcement. “The boxes will be the first to exhibit the new ‘Casdagli’ brand name but will continue to show the Colossus of Rhodes within the gold diamond – as diamonds truly are forever.”

The cigar gets its name from a 6th-century Arabian poem and is produced at Tabacos de Costa Rica, the same factory that is home to Atabey, Byron, Cuba Rica and MBombay, among others.

Blend and Origin:

Country of Origin: Costa Rica

Factory: Tabacos de Costa Rica

Wrapper: Ecuador (HVA)

Binder: Ecuador (Criollo 98)

Filler: Dominican Republic, Ecuador & Nicaragua

The cigar is very nice looking and well made. It has an average or above feel in the hand and features a closed foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a tangy, tart orange citrus, citrus peel, and a lot of an old, worn leather. There was black pepper rated at 7 to 7 1/2. A nice start. The intense, sweet and tangy orange citrus and citrus peel hold their own well against the leather.

At the first third (18 minutes) the cigar has some additional notes. I still had the orange citrus, citrus peel, and leather but I also had caramel and cinnamon notes. The finish is light caramel and leather with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The cigar is quite tasty and sweet. I rated the first third 94.

Moving through the second third (38 minutes) absolutely nothing changed. The same flavor notes are still in play and they are fantastic. Same strength. Same finish. I held the score of 94.

The cigar lasted 1 hour. This is one of those cigars that come around once in awhile that starts good and doesn't change. I like that. Here in the final third the same tasty, tangy, sweet notes are in play along with the worn leather. The cigar is still medium to full bodied and the finish is unchanged. I enjoyed this cigar very much. I held the score of 94.

Overall Score: 94

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