Archetype Axis Mundi, Archetype Sage Advice, Cornelius and Anthony Cornelius, Guaimaro Robusto, Powstanie Habano.

Cigar Committee Round 13

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), personal taste, pairings, and mood. 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 the reader determine if these new cigars are worth purchasing.

Archetype Axis Mundi Robusto Maduro 5×54

Most everyone agreed this stick started out more promising that it finished. Flavors included bitter cocoa, charcoal, leather, and baking spice.

Strength: 6 out of 10

Wrapper: Ecuadorian HabanoBinder: Nic.; Filler: Nic.; Blender: Drew Estate; Origin: Nic.; MSRP: $12.49

Archetype Sage Advice Robusto 5.25×54

With flavors described as “off” or grassy, this mild cigar didn’t offer much. However, one reviewer enjoyed it enough to bring the overall score up from the basement.

Strength: 3 out of 10

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Hybrid Habano; Binder: DR; Filler: Proprietary.; BlenderHenke Kelner; Origin: DR; MSRP: $12.03

Cornelius and Anthony Cornelius Corona Gorda 5.5×46

Four out of five reviewers enjoyed this cigar, while one gave it the lowest possible rating, bringing down the overall score. Flavors included oak, anise, cardamom, and black tea. A somewhat uneven burn required frequent corrections.

Strength: 5 out of 10

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano; BinderEcuadorFillerNic.BlenderSteven Bailey; Origin: Nic.; MSRP: $12.60

Guaimaro Robusto  5×52

With strong flavors of malt, toasted tobacco, and unsweetened chocolate, this cigar had a lot going for it. Tons of smoke with a long finish.

Strength: 7 out of 10

Wrapper: San Andres; Binder: Brazil; Filler: Nic./DR ; BlenderNica Sueno; Origin: Nic.; MSRP: $7.25

Powstanie Habano Robusto 5×50

Although well constructed, this cigar had an overpowering earthy flavor and lacked balance. It also tended to burn hot.

Strength: 8 out of 10

WrapperEcuadorian HabanoBinder: Indonesia; Filler: Nic.; BlenderNica SuenoOrigin: Nic.; MSRP: $9.00

Rating Legend:

100-95 = Outstanding

94-90 = Excellent

89-85 = Very Good

84-80 = Average

79-75 = Disappointing

74 (lowest possible score) = Un-smokeable

2 Responses to “Archetype Axis Mundi, Archetype Sage Advice, Cornelius and Anthony Cornelius, Guaimaro Robusto, Powstanie Habano.”

    • Robustojoe

      Hi Fred. Years ago my cigar buddies observed me putting down a disappointing cigar after only smoking an inch or so. This, I guess, was otherwise unheard of in my group, so they started calling the practice “Artie-ing” it. I can’t stand smoking a sour, bitter, or otherwise unpleasant stick, so rather than “blow out my palate”, I’d rather put the cigar down. Life is too short to smoke bad cigars.


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