Royal Agio Cigars USA announced a new line in June of last year, San Pedro de Macorís. It was meant to be a more affordable option to their Balmoral line and when it first came out was offered in two different blends: Ecuador, and Brazil. The Ecuador has an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper and the Brazil has a sun-grown Brazilian Arapiraca. In February of this year, Royal Agio announced the addition of two new extensions to the San Pedro de Macorís line, Nicaragua and Sun Grown. The Nicaragua uses a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper while the Sun Grown uses a sun-grown Ecuador Habano wrapper. Today we will be reviewing the San Pedro De Macoris | Brazil Robusto.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
The name comes from the town of San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, which is the location of Royal Agio’s cigar factory. All the blends use original Cuban seed Piloto Ligero tobacco filler. All blends come in boxes of 20 and in three sizes: Perla 4 1/8 x 40 (MSRP $4.75), Corona 5 7/8 x 42 (MSRP $5.00) and Robusto 5 1/8 x 52 (MSRP $5.50).
Length: 5 1/8″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Brazil, Dominican Republic
Factory: Royal Agio Cigar Factory
Blender: Francisco Batista
Number of reviewers: 5 – Kevin J. (maninblack77) Diana (ArmyRN) Jason H. (Jokey Smurf) Daniel S. (Daniel S.) Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: August 2018
Contributed by: Royal Agio Cigars
“Nice mahogany tone. Small, but obvious veins, while the seams are just barely noticeable. Just a bit of tooth and a nice cap.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
“The aroma is really interesting with a heavy and exotic spice. At the foot there is a sweet compost note that is really complimentary to the wrapper aroma.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“Wow!! Right from the get go I’m met with milk chocolate flavors with some espresso and earth undertones. Very good start to this. These flavors are right in my wheelhouse. ” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“There was an immediate coffee flavor that progressed quickly with the addition of sweet cream. The flavor notes transitioned into a nice lightly baked cinnamon roll with a hint of white pepper interspersed.” –Diana (ArmyRN)
“More of the same but perhaps less of the earthiness and more of the milk chocolate flavors. This baby is performing beautifully. Burn line continues to be straight and ash holds on for a little over an inch. Not overly complex but so far it works for me. ” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“Much of the same into the second portion of this cigar with one really nice addition of toasted almond that complimented the leather and spice nicely. Really nice at this point.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“I’ve experienced great tasting cigars before that tend to go down the “bitter” lane as the smoke progresses into the last third. Not the case
with this cigar. The flavors remain intact and present as a rich, full-bodied kitchen, coffee, cream mix.” –Diana (ArmyRN)
“Some white pepper appears in the final third but the milk chocolate continues to make itself known.
Creamy and absolutely delicious. Had to nub this bad boy. ” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“The draw is good and has the perfect amount of resistance.” –Daniel S. (Daniel S.)
“For the most part the burn was just the way I like it but in the second half the cigar went out a couple of times and required relighting.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“I couldn’t find much of anything wrong with the construction. ” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 92
“Would I buy a box of these? Absolutely. Flavors were right in my wheelhouse. Very enjoyable. Will be on the lookout for more. ” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“This was a fantastic cigar for me. Hitting all the right flavor notes and giving me enough power but not overpowering me. The burn was one of the best I’ve seen on a cigar so that added a lot of weight to my overall pleasure with this smoke. Definitely a box-worthy for me!” –Diana (ArmyRN)
“This cigar started off wonderfully but ended on a sour note with bitter harshness. That said, is gladly smoke another to give it a shot… The beginning is enough to make me want to buy some!” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“The cigar did not wow me but it is a good cigar. It had good flavors, a nice draw, and good strength. I have a feeling with some age I think this cigar would be good.” –Daniel S. (Daniel S.)
“This cigar was quite interesting and it’s various flavors were made of stuff that I wouldn’t normally put together. It was quite nice, burned very well, and made me very happy that I already had a steak dinner planned for tonight.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 83
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