Villa Zamorano Robusto cigar: The perfect herfing cigar
Some cigars demand your full attention all the time. They take you on a nuanced journey that focuses you on the quiet moments between draws whilst the world around you melts away, leaving you in a blissful state of calm mindfulness. On the other hand some cigars, such as the Villa Zamorano Robusto, are happy to take a back seat and just wave at you from time to time to let you know that they are still hanging around.
This isn’t the first Villa Zamorano cigar that I have smoked. Back at the beginning of November 2020 I smoked their Churchill vitola and prior to that I had enjoyed both the Expreso and El Gordo. All of them were very smokable but didn’t really leave a lasting impression on me. With this in mind, when it came around to the WiCC Wednesday virtual herf, I chose this Robusto to accompany my time with some amazing cigar-smoking women from around the world.
The smooth chocolatey wrapper didn’t feel particularly oily as I took it out of my humidor but there was a good even feel to it from foot to head. Creamy aromas were issued from the cigar as I cut it and took an easy cold draw. It lit very easily and burned perfectly right the way through the evening, never wavering or burning out as I waved the cigar around enjoying good conversation and giggling like a school girl from time to time.
Out of the gate, the creaminess I smelt and tasted prior to lighting the Villa Zamorano robusto cigar was present in the flavour. This was a very earthy cream with notes of chocolate undulating through it. Having made myself a Mexican Espresso Martini prior to choosing my cigar, I quickly finished it off before getting too far into the cigar as it wasn’t the right drink for this cigar. Instead I dug out a bottle of unpretentious brandy together with a brandy balloon and warming stand and settled in with the correct pairing.
As I reached the middle section of the cigar, there was a subtle change to the opening third in that the chocolatiness gave way to a richer buttery texture to the smoke and the earthiness became a more pronounced bay leaf flavour. By this time, I’d noticed that the ash was a little crumbly and more than once I had to sweep up some ash flakes from the table into my ashtray. If I was taking part in a long ash challenge, I probably wouldn’t choose to smoke this cigar.
Heading past the midpoint of the Villa Zamorano robusto, conversation turned how the look and texture of cigar smoke can both add or detract from the enjoyment of a cigar. I found that the most delightful aspect of this cigar was the thick smoke that sat like heavy cream on the tongue and escaped like long serpentine ribbons that curled entrancingly towards the ceiling. I poured myself a top up of brandy and took another draw thinking not only about the satisfying texture of the smoke, but also the flavours that it was imparting.
Entering the final third of the cigar I was greeted by the taste of a hearty bacon breakfast. There was a subtle drizzle of candied sweetness alongside some creamed scrambled eggs. This remained the flavour pallet for the remainder of my time with both the cigar and the virtual herf. Whilst each section had its own taste and there were good transitions between the thirds, each part of the cigar was rather monothematic and lacking in complexity.
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Villa Zamorano Robusto Cigar Details
Villa Zamorano Robusto Review Summary
Despite the shortcomings regarding the flavour, I will most likely get myself a bundle of these as it the perfect cigar for herfing.
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