Liga Undercrown Sun Grown; Tatuaje Miami Regios; Estaban Carreras Chupacabra Maduro; L’Atelier Surrogates Bone Crusher; Mi Querida Ancho Corta

Cigar Committee Round 10

The Rules.

Each month, a group of experienced cigar smokers participate in tastings of five new cigars. All smoke one of the selected cigars each day, and it is the first cigar of the day. All cigars are paired only with water, and are purchased at the same time from the same vendor. The cigars are stored for at least two weeks in a humidor prior to smoking. Everyone follows strict scoring guidelines. Taste is weighted heavily (50%), followed by construction (10%), draw (10%), burn (10%), and taste evolution (20%). Additional points are awarded for uniqueness or that intangible “wow factor”.

Why a committee?

Cigar reviews are very subjective, and influenced by the smoker’s environment (see When Good Cigars Taste Bad, part 2). In a committee review, the results are averaged over all participants, providing a better yardstick to measure a cigar’s quality. In addition to a numerical ranking, each review will include tasting notes by each of the committee members. This should help in determining if these new cigars are worth purchasing.

Liga Undercrown Sun Grown Robusto 5×54

Although a handsome cigar, this stick left most reviewers underwhelmed. The score was buoyed by two who liked its favor evolution. Flavors detected were straw, black tea, cedar, and pencil lead.

WrapperEcuadorian SumatraBinder: Conn.; Filler: Nic.; Blender: Drew Estate; Origin: Nic.; MSRP: $8.48



Tatuaje Miami Regios 5.5×50

Only one reviewer gave this cigar a better than average rating. Everyone felt the first half was better than the second. Tartness, charred cocoa, and a dry finish was the prevailing opinion.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99; Binder: Nic.; Filler: Nic.; Blender: Pete Johnson; Origin: USA; MSRP: $11.00


85Estaban Carreras Chupacabra Maduro Corona 6×44

One committee member loved this cigar, while two others left it unfinished. Construction was inconsistant. Flavors of marzipan, chocolate, and earth.

Wrapper: Nic. Maduro; BinderNic.FillerNic.; Blender: Estaban Carreras; Origin: Nic.; MSRP: $7.40


L’Atelier Surrogates Bone Crusher Robusto 4.25×55

A spicy, earthy cigar, this stick appealed to some and not to others. An uneven burn was a problem for most reviewers. Flavors included Raisinettes, black pepper, and walnuts.

Wrapper: Conn. Broadleaf Maduro; Binder: Nic; Filler: Nic. ; Blender: Pete Johnson; Origin: Nic.; MSRP: $8.25


Mi Querida by Dunbarton Ancho Corta 5×52

This cigar rated all over the place with the Committee. But its strong flavors for most of the reviewers led to a favorable average score. Flavors of malt, cocoa, anise, and pumpernickel were detected.

Wrapper: Conn. Broadleaf; Binder: Nic.; Filler: Nic; Blender: Steve Saka;  Origin: Nic.; MSRP: $8.75

Rating Legend:

0-74 = Unsmokeable

75-79 = Disappointing

80-84 = Average

85-89 = Very Good

90-94 = Excellent

95-100 = Outstanding

3 Responses to “Liga Undercrown Sun Grown; Tatuaje Miami Regios; Estaban Carreras Chupacabra Maduro; L’Atelier Surrogates Bone Crusher; Mi Querida Ancho Corta”

  1. Michael Klett

    This was my first review to read here at Robusto Joe’s. How do you learn to taste the different tastes? When I smoke a cigar it’s pretty much a, “I like this one.”, or, “I don’t like this one.” But usually I can’t explain why I like it.
    I mean, I like an easy draw and lots of smoke and some taste good, others don’t. So how did you learn to taste all of the flavors that you identify?

    • Robustojoe

      That’s a great question! And the perfect subject for my next article. Thanks for the inspiration. Stay tuned.


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