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From CigarPad.com   (March  6, 2006)

 
 
 
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 06 March 2006
 
     
  Tabacos de la CordilleraTM   ColinasTM Robusto   rating:  88



When it comes to cigars, especially in the United States, the words “Cuban” or “Havana” have a certain mystique to them. Many of the top selling brands - while not having an ounce of Cuban tobacco in them – often sport names that generically associate the cigar with the hard to come by and frequently talked about Cuban cigars. Unfortunately, even some true Cuban cigars aren’t as “Cuban” as they used to be. Tabacos de la Cordillera, however, has found a way to embrace some of the essence of Cuban cigars, while remaining legal and affordable in the U.S.

 
     
  Tabacos de la Cordillera is a smaller cigar company that has taken 100% genetically pure, pre-embargo Cuban tobacco seeds in more than 40 different varieties, to grow a tobacco crop used for their premium hand-rolled cigars. From this crop they have produced several cigar lines, including the popular Cumbres de Puriscal line, the Pursico, and Picos lines, as well as the Colinas line. We recently had the opportunity to taste several of the Robusto shaped Colinas cigars.  
     
  The Colinas Robusto is a 5 inch, 50 ring-gauge smoke made from the same pre-embargo tobacco as the other Tabacos de la Cordillera cigars. Available only through their website (www.tabacordillera.com), the Colinas cigars are a bargain at $12.50 for a bundle of 5, or $62.50 for 25. At only $2.50 per stick, its hard to imagine that such an inexpensive smoke can deliver such a pleasurable experience.  
     
  The dark wrapper of the Colinas was slightly oily, with an almost sandy texture to the leaves. A few distinct veins protrude from the firmly rolled cigar. The overall look of the cigar is beautiful, although the presentation doesn’t quite do the smoke justice. As a bundled cigar, there isn’t a “wow” factor when opening up a bundle, and the band doesn’t have a very regal look to it. In fact, without tasting or smelling the Colinas, you might think you were getting just another bundle cigar.  
 
     
     
  Tabacos de la Cordillera’s Colinas really shines once it has been lit. Lighting the Colinas is a breeze, with a pleasant initial smoke aroma, and a quick but controlled draw. Actually, the draw from the Colinas is one of the most pleasurable draws a smoker could expect from a cigar – not too tight and not too loose. It responds perfectly to the effort exerted to draw in smoke from the cigar. Despite the easy draw the Colinas still burns at a slow pace, which allows smokers to fully enjoy the slightly shorter robusto. As the cigar smokes down the burn stays even, requiring little to no attention. The ash also stays sharp and defined, though the slightly soft ash falls off a little bit earlier than expected.  
     
  Flavors from the Colinas include a hint of spice surrounded by grassy and woody overtones, with a touch of cinnamon. The spice and cinnamon comes without a detection of sweetness, however. In fact, a small amount of bitterness was experienced in the immediate aftertaste, though this sensation faded quickly. The overall taste was noticeable and distinct, but it didn’t quite have the robust body and complexity of an after-dinner high-flavor cigar. On the plus side, the aftertaste of the Colinas is pleasant, lasting on the palette just long enough. The smoky flavor of the aftertaste is reminiscent of the actual tobacco flavor, without leaving the harsh ashtray taste in your mouth. The smoke itself is smooth and cool. There is no heat or bite to the tongue or throat.  
     
  As a whole, the Colinas is an extremely good bargain. It is not going to be one of those cigars that you age in your humidor for a year or two, waiting for the perfect special occasion to enjoy. Instead, it is certainly worth the money to throw ten or twenty in the humidor to save for that Friday afternoon after a long week of work, when you just want to kick back with a glass of scotch and a really enjoyable cigar, to let the week slowly burn away in an aromatic cloud of smoke. These are the cigars you don’t have to think about to enjoy. You don’t have to worry about the burn. You don’t have to try to detect the subtle flavor nuances. You light it, you smoke it, and you enjoy the hell out of it.  
     
  Our final score for the Colinas Robusto cigar is: 88  
     
     
     
 
       
       

 


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