The Bowery Robusto by Velvet Cigars

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The Bowery Robusto by Velvet Cigars by Jacob Krell

Size: 5.25 X 50 Box-pressed
Wrapper: Habano Ecuadorian
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Price: $195 for a box of 20

Behind The Stick:

Velvet Cigars Lounge of New York City is a family owned cigar lounge that has seen three generations at work. Affluence.org has named Velvet Cigars Lounge one of the top 5 cigar hang outs in the world. The good press and accolades do not stop there. They have created their own cigar lines that are named for locations in New York City’s East Village neighborhood. I am not one to run out and smoke what I would consider house blends so this is a new experience for me. Before you decide you agree with that statement and have no interest in reading on I ask that you do not make such a mistake. I was introduced to and became familiar with Velvet Cigars through Twitter.

Velvet Cigars Lounge of New York City provided samples of this cigar for review. Thank you!

Construction:

The Velvet Bowery cigars just look fantastic. I don’t know if the Velvet name was playing with my mind but I swear the wrapper has this very soft “velvety” feel to it. The wrapper is a rich dark brown with just a hint of oils and very small veins. The cigar features a triple cap that was perfect on my first sample and a little loose on my second. This however did not have any effect on smoking. When I squeezed the cigar it has a nice slight give. A closer inspection reveals no soft spots and the tobacco appears to be evenly rolled. The red, gold, and cream band is simple yet elegant. “Velvet” stands out on the front and “Bowery” is off set on the back.

Flavor:

Pre-light: The wrapper has a great rich chocolate aroma. The foot has a very crisp and unique chocolate and vanilla aroma. Based off the initial aromas I was really excited to light the cigar. I experienced a spicy tingle on my tongue and lips from the wrapper. The pre-light draw was of sweet chocolate.

1/3rd: The cigar was easy to light and had a very nice draw. The cigar starts off with a distinct and very nice vanilla and chocolate flavor with a slight spiciness. The cigar quickly transitioned into a nutty almond flavor.

2/3rd: The flavors of chocolate and coffee really come through and dominate through this portion of the cigar. The spiciness remains and I start to pick up a buttery flavor and a cinnamon finish.

Final 3rd: The sweet chocolate flavors continue and the coffee flavor develops a roasted flavor. There is some peppery finish also. The ash held well and was bright white and gray striped. The burn was razor sharp and impressive.

Overall:

I was a skeptic right from the start. I consider something like this to be a house blend and when I saw the price I thought a very expensive house blend. Put that aside and what you have is a very good cigar that was a solid medium to me. The flavors were wonderful and complex. I really enjoyed the vast array of flavors I experienced. Sometimes the flavor was distinct and other times vanilla, almond, chocolate, and coffee flavors seemed intertwined and teasing to the palate. I was caught off guard and really impressed by this cigar. Do not skip this because you might feel the same way I initially did. The Bowery is destined to be on my top cigar list for 2010. Velvet Cigars can be purchased online only at velvetcigars.com. Do yourself a favor and at least try one of their sampler packs. I personally plan on ordering some in the near future and have to thank Velvet for giving me the opportunity to smoke a cigar that I might have otherwise and regretfully missed out on.

More Info: www.velvetcigars.com / Facebook: Velvet Cigar Lounge / Twitter: @VelvetCigars

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