La Flor de Cano Short Robusto - Cuban Cigar Review
One of the most anticipated Cuban Cigars of the year, the 2010 United Kingdom La Flor de Cano Short Robusto is worth the wait. A mellow yet full flavoured Cigar.
Today's Cigar is one that has been long in the making. Due for release in mid 2010, for a myriad of reasons, this has only been released at the end of May / start of June. Of course I'm talking about the 2010 United Kingdom Regional Edition, the La Flor de Cano Short Robusto.
The reasons for exactly why the La Flor de Cano was delayed for so long is unclear. Reasons suggested included the difficulty obtaining the green inks that was used on the Slide Lid Boxes, a lack of Tobacco available to produce the Cigars. The real reason we'll probably never know. However, they've finally arrived, so lets celebrate by actually smoking one!
Measuring in at 4 inches by 50 ring gauge, this is one small Cigar. The only other Cigar that shares this size that's in general production is the Hoyo de Monterrey Short Robusto.
I've been a little critical over the last year or so regarding the Regional Edition release as a whole. From the ten to twelve different Cigars from a range of different countries, I have found them to be as a whole boring. Flavourless, uninspiring blends, and the flavour profile don't match the brand that adorns the band. What in the Hell is going on?
So as you can probably make out, I'm going to be a little critical as a whole about this review. I'm not a fan of special releases for special releases sake. Hopefully the La Flor de Cano will surprise me!
First impressions, the band and the construction is pretty much perfect. I think I've seen slightly better looking wrappers, but this is just being nit picky. Hunters and Frankau have done a sterling job ensuring that the La Flor de Cano bands are as true to the original, and that they have been produced to the highest quality possible.
Cutting the Short Robusto was effortless as expected. The pre-light draw was perfect. Not too loose, not too tight - you know what I mean. Lighting the Cigar took a minute or two using the long matches that I had handy.
The first few puffs just blew me away. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to get. And funnily enough, I wasn't expecting this sweet flavour that just oozed out of the La Flor de Cano Short Robusto. This is one mellow Cigar, however, this doesn't mean it's lacking in flavour. There's a whole lot of flavours going on! You have this subtle woodsy, element, but you have this gorgeous sweet flavour that just delightfully coats the tongue.
One thing I hasten to add. The Short Robusto does not burn hot. For such a small Cigar, the smoke is very cool and keeps the mouth moist. This is one sign of a great Cigar. Throughout the forty or so minutes that I smoked the Cigar, I never needed to excessively drink my accompanying Hook Norton Ale to help keep my palate moist.
Towards the mid way point of the Cigar, the initial sweetness that came through is still with us. There's no kick to this Cigar, but I wasn't expecting that. The Short Robusto was made to be smoked in the daytime, possibly as an aperitif Cigar.
This is probably the best of the Cigars that have been released under the United Kingdom Regional Edition range. The biggest criticism I would have of the Regalias de Londres, El Rey del Mundo Choix de L Epoque is that their flavour profile is a tad boring. The La Flor de Cano is totally the opposite! I just love this mellow sweetness that this Cigar has. And this is coming from a guy who loves his fuller bodied Cigars, like the Bolivar and Partagas marca.
As of August 2011, this Cigar is priced around £12.50 online, with stocks dwindling fast. If you wish to grab hold of some of these, I would suggest you make an online purchase now!
I can only suggest to you one thing, and that is to go out and get yourself a few of these to smoke yourself and let me know what you think. I was totally blown away by this smoke. I've been cynical the last year or so regarding the Short Robusto, and for good reason, as every other United Kingdom Regional Edition just hasn't hit the standards I would expect from the a premium range smoke.
Rating the La Flor de Cano Short Robusto, I would give it a solid 93 out of 100. This is a magnificent aperitif Cigar. Picture yourself on a hot day out in the garden. Lunch is cooking, you have an hour to spare, and a bottle of Champagne ready to be uncorked. What better way to put the cherry on top is to grab a La Flor de Cano Short Robusto from your humidor and light the small guy up?Final Score:
Short Robusto - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Launched at the 2011 Hunters & Frankau Summer Party, the La Flor de Cano Short Robusto was one of the most eagerly awaited Regional Releases. Modelled on the legendary La Flor de Cano Short Robusto, this small Cigar did not disappoint when it was finally released.