Regius Robusto: Regal, rich and reliable
As part of the research for my budget cigar articles, it occurred to me that I still had a Regius Robusto sitting in my humidor that I bought from Turmeaus Liverpool way back in February 2019. Given that I had put this on my shortlist of good cigars costing £10 and under, I thought that it was probably high time I gave it a return visit to make sure that I wasn’t misremembering my thoughts on the Regius cigars.
The first thing I will say about this cigar is that it had been sitting in my humidor for over two years and its flavour profile has mellowed compared to the young examples of this cigar that I have smoked previously. Also, I did find that this Regius Robusto had a slightly tighter draw than I’ve experienced with other cigars from the same brand.
Out of my humidor this cigar was redolent with black cardamom and hay, and the Colorado coloured wrapper left a light oil on my fingers and lips. Having v-cut the head of the cigar, I was treated to earthy bay leaf and sweet, dark fruits that you might associate with a dark fruit cider. Paired with a Mexican Espresso Martini, I lit up and started to enjoy myself.
From the beginning the draw was a little tight, but I found that this allowed me to get a more flavour and delicious mouthfuls of creamy smoke. Sighing out the smoke, I watched the gossamer clouds float out into the world along with my cares from the week. The flavours were sumptuous to say the least. The dark fruits that I had tasted at the start roared into life with a gentle undercurrent of hops and bay leaf.
When I have smoked this cigar on previous occasions, I have been very aware of the transition from one third to the next. They haven’t been as marked as some cigars, but there has been a definite change in gear. This time however the flavour from the Regius Robusto remained smooth whilst morphing from dark fruits to creamy pistachios as I got to the middle of the cigar. Alongside this wonderful nuttiness was the aroma of fresh young leaves as they burst out in the opening weeks of spring.
At this point, having finished the last sips of my martini, I sought out my bottle of Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve to pair with the second half of the cigar. And I am so glad that I did. The sweet, fruitiness from the whisky was a beautiful match as the Regius Robusto went from being a medium strength cigar to a fuller bodied smoke with a deep and almost heavy richness to its flavour.
In the final third, the nuts started to recede and were replaced with summer fruit pudding with white bread that had been soaked in milk steeped with a bay leaf. This really was a beautiful cigar that I savoured right from foot to nub and smoking it again recently has reaffirmed my thoughts that this deserves to make it on my budget cigars shortlist. If you get a chance to buy this one, I would suggest getting a box so that you can leave some to sit and age for a year or so as I’ve found the Regius Robusto has aged well.
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Regius Robusto Cigar Details
Regius Robusto Review Summary
Once again this cigar reminded me why I keep space for a couple of Regius cigars in my humidor. Whilst it may have a tighter draw than some others, for me the flavours are worth it.
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