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I recently smoked the Cuba Libre “The Brute,” a good cigar at an unbeatable price. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.

Cuba Libre “The Brute”

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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Cuba Libre “The Brute.” This is a good cigar at an unbeatable price.

Cuba Libre “The Brute” 

A Honduran cigar featuring a Cuban-seed Corojo wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and a mixture of Cuban-seed Honduran long-fillers, this was a nice cigar all around.

Cigar of the Month recommended pairing it with a pilsner or helles lager. The only beer I had on hand, however, was Dos Equis, which was close, and it went well with this smoke.

In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.

Look of the Label

As the picture indicates, the label was nice, simple, and eloquent.

3/3 points

Cuba Libre “The Brute”’s Condition 

The Cuba Libre “The Brute” looked a bit dry but was otherwise in excellent shape.

6/7 points

Feel of the Cigar 

The cigar felt perfect. It had just the right amount of give on the squeeze and was consistent throughout.

3/3 points

Aroma of the Wrapper 

The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific with hints of leather and earth.

3/3 points

The Cut 

The cut was ok. My cutter was a bit too small for this larger cigar, so there was some slight fraying. It wasn’t that bad, but I should have probably used a scissor cutter here.

1/1 point

Lighting the Cuba Libre “The Brute” 

The Cuba Libre “The Brute” lit up fine, but it was a bit stubborn to get going.

1/1 point

The Draw 

The draw was excellent from beginning to end. It was easy, with just the appropriate amount of resistance.

5/5 points


On the retrohale, the Cuba Libre “The Brute” had hints of pepper with a bit of an uncomfortable bite to it.

6/9 points

Cuba Libre “The Brute”’s Flavor 

On the cold draw, I picked up hints of chocolate and leather. After the light, the Cuba Libre “The Brute” had notes of earth and pepper. The taste was good but not exceptional.

15/21 points

Aroma of the Smoke 

After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of earth, leather, and pepper.

6/7 points

The Burn 

The burn resulted in some initial canoeing, but it evened out fairly quickly. After that, the cigar burned perfectly through the remainder of the cigar.

2/2 points

The Ash 

The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.

1/1 point

Effect of the Smoke 

I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you. 

This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.

The Cuba Libre “The Brute” left me feeling great and slightly relaxed.

30/30 points

Cuba Libre “The Brute”’s Tobacco 

The Cuba Libre “The Brute” showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.

7/7 points

Cuba Libre “The Brute” Bonus Points

I enjoyed this cigar, and I smoked it all the way down to the nub. I thought that merited an extra point. +1 point

Cuba Libre “The Brute” Final Grade 

Overall, this was a good cigar, and, at $3.00 per stick, it’s available at an unbeatable price.

Final Grade: 90 / A-

Cigar of the Month Club   

As always, I recommend Monthly Clubs’ Cigar of the Month Club. I’ve been a member for years, and I love it. If you join, you’ll get five premium cigars delivered right to your door every month for just $32.95, including shipping.  

(There’s also a slightly more expensive Rare Cigar Club available, for those who are interested.)  

The opportunity to try a variety of high-quality cigars and to learn more about cigars in general through the accompanying tasting notes has been an invaluable experience for me. I have enjoyed being a member, and I recommend giving it a try.  

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