JC Newman

May 20, 2024

Sancho Panza Extra Chido Robusto (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description provided by General Cigar)

Matt Booth and Justin Andrews are at it again. The dynamic duo have developed their second collaboration for Sancho Panza. Called Sancho Panza Extra Chido, the new, three-cigar, full-time collection marks the first time a Sancho Panza blend has been made in the Dominican Republic.

“I'm stoked to be collaborating with Justin again on this extension to the Sancho Panza product saga. It is an honor to contribute my part to such a classic brand. More to come…,” said Matt Booth. 

Three-country, six-leaf blend delivers a rich, medium-plus smoking experience peppered with subtle spice and transitions smoothly throughout. This is realized through an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and a foundation of multi-priming tobaccos including Nicaraguan ASP and tercio-aged Dominican Piloto.

Sancho Panza Extra Chido is handmade in Santiago, DR at General Cigar Dominicana and debuts with three sizes that each come in 20-count boxes.

Sancho Panza Extra Chido Robusto (5” x 50); SRP per cigar $8.79 REVIEWED TODAY

Sancho Panza Extra Chido Toro (6” x 52); SRP per cigar $9.49

Sancho Panza Extra Chido Gigante (6” x 60); SRP per cigar $9.99

The cigar is medium brown and has an average to light feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were lemon, cherry, brown sugar, cinnamon, and leathery black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 8 to 8 1/2. A fantastic start.

At the first third (20 minutes) the flavors have gotten more intense. The same notes are in play and the cigar is very sweet. The leathery black coffee makes a very good base. It's there and it serves it's purpose but it's not in the way. The cigar is very peppery. The cigar has richness too. There seems to be an element of toffee in the brown sugar. Again, the cigar is very sweet. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish has light hints of lemon and toffee with very good lingering black pepper. I rated the first third 95.

Moving through the second third (45 minutes) the leathery black coffee has risen. Not to an extreme amount but it was noticeable. It did not hurt the cigar much because it's still quite sweet. The same notes are in play but there's more leathery coffee. The cigar is still medium bodied but it is moving up. The finish is unchanged. I rated the second third 94.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 4 minutes. The cigar not only bounced back but it actually got the best it's been so far. The sweet notes are exploding. The cigar is medium to full bodied and it's pushing full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This is a fantastic cigar. Justin Andrews and Matt Booth did a great job with this cigar. The price point is fantastic too. Put this one one your must-try list. I rated the final third 96.

Overall Score: 95

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