I recently smoked the Espinosa Wasabi Robusto Box Press, a below-average cigar for an unreasonable price. This content uses referral links.
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During the quarantine, I have been moving through my humidor at a quick clip. One of the cigars I found that I’ve had for a while was the Espinosa Wasabi Robusto Box Press. I don’t know where I got it, but I smoked it recently.
It was not great.
Espinosa Wasabi Robusto Box Press
A Nicaraguan cigar, the Espinosa Wasabi Robusto Box Press had a strange green, Candela wrapper. It did not look very appealing, and its appearance matched my experience.
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.
Time of the Smoke
It took me about an hour to smoke this cigar.
Look of the Label
As the picture indicates, the label was fine. It was simple, but not distracting.
Espinosa Wasabi Robusto’s Condition
The Espinosa Wasabi Robusto Box Press was in decent condition, but it had thick veins and some very distinct seams.
Feel of the Cigar
I found the cigar to be a bit too spongy but otherwise ok.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled ok. The aroma was of cream and earth. It was, however, too light to enjoy it fully.
The cut was a bit difficult but fine. I was able to slice off the cap and leave the structure of the cigar intact.
Lighting the Espinosa Wasabi Robusto
The Espinosa Wasabi Robusto Box Press lit up fairly quickly and without much issue.
The draw on this cigar was way too loose. It was almost as if I was smoking nothing at all. There was absolutely no resistance.
On the retrohale, the Espinosa Wasabi Robusto Box Press had the flavor of spice with a bit of a bite. I also detected a bit of black pepper. As the smoke progressed, however, it mellowed out a bit.
Espinosa Wasabi Robusto’s Flavor
On the cold draw, I picked up herbs and a hint of spice. After lighting up, I picked up spice and perhaps earth. Overall, however, the flavor was bland and made it difficult to pull out distinct flavors with much confidence.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of hay and spice. It was ok but nothing to write home about.
The cigar burned evenly, but it went out constantly. I had to relight it several times.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.
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 Espinosa Wasabi Robusto Box Press left me with a nicotine high that was a bit unpleasant. I know some people like this feeling, but I do not.
Espinosa Wasabi Robusto’s Tobacco
The Espinosa Wasabi Robusto Box Press showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Espinosa Wasabi Robusto’s Final Grade
Overall, this was a below-average cigar. It was bland and difficult to keep lit. At $7.20 per stick, it’s also way overpriced for what it is.
Final Grade: 70 / C –
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