It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cuban Crown Private Reserve in the Robusto size. This 5×50 box-pressed cigar is made by Master Blends Cigar Co. and features a Mexican San Andres wrapper concealing undisclosed fillers. It retails for eight dollars and some change.
The wrapper puts off a leathery oak aroma while I smell earth out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up no flavor. Once lit, there is light cocoa powder. Through the nose, more cocoa powder comes through with some toast and graham cracker. The finish gives me black pepper spice and earth.
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up cocoa powder with leather. Through the nose, red pepper mixes with cedar. The finish offers me dried cherry, more cocoa, and some earth. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. I find oaky bourbon-like flavors on the draw with more leather. On the retro-hale, the red pepper gets spicier with the addition of toast. Metallic earth comes through the finish on top of nutty cocoa. There is no change to strength and body.
The final third clocks out at an hour and fifteen minutes. I pick up the same flavors on the draw with a salty note. Through the nose, cinnamon and toast blend well together. Cherry returns to the finish with earth and light coffee notes. Both strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.
The Cuban Crown Private Reserve is an excellent cigar. It offers a great amount of complexity with flavors that blend well together. Construction is perfect, smoke output is phenomenal, and the price is just right. I highly recommend this cigar and look forward to smoking more.