PSyKo Seven Connecticut Robusto: A crazy good cigar for everyone
When Billy from Sin Cigars invited me to a live tasting on Instagram with my fabulous fellow sister of the leaf Karen I jumped at the opportunity. The difficult part was choosing which cigar from the selection available we were all going to smoke. When a quip was made about Karen and me being the slightly mad “Sisters of Sin”, the obvious choice seemed to be the PSyKo Seven Connecticut Robusto.
I would be the first to say that on paper this cigar didn’t match up to my usual choice of flavour profile. The first clue was the Connecticut wrapper. In the past I have found this leaf rather bland, bitter and generally uninteresting. That being said, I’m always up for trying different cigars because you never know when you will discover a new favourite.
The wrapper was a pale yellowy-brown claro, which was half covered by the oversized main band. It felt nicely firm from head to foot and gave off aromas of milky tea and ginger. When the cold draw gave me notes of malted milk, I was expecting a mild smoke with maybe a handful of different flavours. One thing I did know is that the company was going to be good and the conversation interesting, especially as there was a distinct possibility that Rick Charles, Director of International Markets for Ventura Cigars, might be joining us on the livestream.
Lighting up, the first flavour that hit my tongue was creamy malted milk. This was a good start and I got settled into the conversation. It wasn’t long before another flavour started to tickle my taste buds. It was only subtle, but there was a definite hint of walnuts swirling around. A few more draws later, the ginger that I picked up when I initial smelled the PSyKo Seven came back.
Conversation continued and we talked about how cigar culture is different between the UK and USA, especially when it comes to women and cigars. During this time, and despite being outside in my slightly breezy garden, a beautiful stack of light grey ash had started forming with an exquisite mascara line marking the almost perfectly even burn. By the time I’d reached an inch and a half, I started wondering just how long I could maintain the ash.
As I got to the middle third of the cigar, dusty hay started to join the flavours. Now this may sound as though the cigar became dry and brittle in flavour, but the exact opposite was true. The flavour was still creamy and oleaginous, exactly the opposite of what I had expected. The smoke was voluminous and had hints of creamy toasted marshmallows. There was no tannic quality to it and I was able to roll it around my mouth without feeling as though it was leaving a coating on my teeth.
When the middle third finally hit – I am after all a slow smoker – I tasted a lovely hit of oak with Brazil nuts and venison in supporting roles. This was absolutely nothing like what I had expected from the cigar. It was at this point that I noticed that my ash had reached a whopping three inches long, which was one of the longest ashes that I have achieved in a fair while. The PSyKo Seven Connecticut Robusto had held its shape perfectly, and the one vein that had been visible on the wrapper was perfectly etched into the ash.
Alas, as I was celebrating my ash building skills and becoming the “Comandante”, I dropped the ash onto my leg causing giggles all round. On the upside, this allowed me to properly focus on the flavours of the final third rather than worrying when the ash would fall. By this time the cigar was no longer a mild flavoured one, but had developed to a delicious medium cigar.
While Karen and Billy had finished their cigars and Rick was halfway through his, I still had a good inch and a half of mine to go, and what a flavour-packed nub the PSyKo Seven turned out to be. The first flavours out of the gate were a mouthwatering combination of leather, cedar and juniper. Having chosen to pair the PSyKo Seven with a large glass of Maté tea infused gin and tonic I was asked if I was picking up the juniper notes from the gin rather than the tonic. In reality, the gin didn’t have a strong juniper flavour, and by this time it was more iced water than gin so I was definitely getting the juniper from the cigar.
Whilst expounding the virtues of both the blend and construction of the cigar, I picked up a delicious warmth of creamy pink peppercorn sauce with a gentle note of summer flowers at the end of the palate. There was no peppery burn anywhere within the flavour and it wasn’t until literally the final half centimetre that I felt any heat on my lips.
This truly was an amazing cigar. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the two hours that I spent with the PSyKo Seven Connecticut Robusto. Some cigars are made great by the conversation. Some conversations are made better by the cigar. This cigar was the perfect fusion. It stood on its own and could be enjoyed by anyone from the novice through to the veteran smoker, regardless of their preferences for a mild or full-bodied stick. It can be smoked with company or as a private meditation. This is without a doubt a top pick and I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t make it to my top 10 of the year. Suffice to say, I will checking out more of the PSyKo cigars at the first opportunity.
A final big thank to Billy from Sin Cigars for sending me the PSyKo Seven Connecticut Robusto for this review, to my cigar sister Karen for introducing me to Sin Cigars and being generally amazing, and last but not least to Rick Charles of Ventura Cigars for joining us on the livestream.
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PSyKo Seven Connecticut Robusto Cigar Details
PSyKo Seven Robusto Review Summary
I have found many Connecticut wrapper cigars a bit on the bland side. The PSyKo Seven Robusto however was full of flavour and moreish. This was a cigar that surprised me in the best possible way.
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