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Short Cuts: Musa Cigar Co. Musa Robusto

Musa Cigar Co. Musa Robusto

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Dominican Republic municipality of Tamboril, a boyhood dream was born. At the age of 15, Jose Musa began cultivating his knowledge of the tobacco industry. Surrounded by the likes of Guillermo Leon, Eladio Diaz and Chico Rivas, his exposure to the dynamic world of cigar manufacturing matured him quickly.

 

 

 

 

By age 19, he was ready to launch the cigar bearing his name. Due to his young age, he was unable to do business in the United States and had to place his dream on hiatus. With the doors of the La Aurora factory opened to him at age 22, the Musa cigar became reality.

Courtesy of: cigarnoise.com

 

AVAILABLE SIZES

  • Sumo Short: 4 x 58
  • Robusto: 5 x 50
  • Corona: 5 1/2 x 46
  • Churchill: 7 x 47 (Limited blend where we change only the Binder but same Filler and Wrapper)
  • All cigars come in 20 count boxes, except for the Churchill size that comes in a 10 count box

 

Jose Musa owner and president of Musa Cigars told CIGAR SMOKE “We are also releasing two new lines due to our first year in the Dominican Republic and Germany. The Musa La Fortuna and the Musa Solara, which is a very strong cigar”. Musa Cigars will be launching the new products in July at the 2017 IPCPR in Las Vegas NV.

 

 

APPEARANCE

The Cameroon wrapper is milk chocolate in color with visible seam, vein and tooth. On one example the wrapper had a few bumps and raised areas in the cap region but it had no effect on the integrity, construction was very good. Rolled in the standard perejo shape in a Robusto format the vitola has a wide open foot and rounded triple cap.

The cigar has a single band with a portrait of a female. In the color scheme of black and white the art work looks very Greek in nature. The female on the portrait looks to be wearing a crown of leaves, her hair has circular black swirls. Rounding the girl is Greek trim that also extends linear around the back.

Under the portrait reads “MUSA” in thin black font. I was a big Clash of the Titans fan and the whole motif has a Madusa type look about it. Pre light aroma had notes of caramel corn, sweet cedar and all spice with a hint of clove. The cold draw produced flavors of cedar, black tea leaves and coffee.

 

 

 

FIRST LIGHT

  • Pleasant Cedar aroma from the foot on toasting
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Leather
  • Red Hot’s (Candy) Cinnamon Spice lingering in the palate
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Black Table Pepper/Dusting
  • Medium White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of roasted nuts

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

  • Roasted Nuts
  • Sweet Cedar
  • Rich Leather
  • Toffee/Char
  • Raw Cinnamon Spice/Char
  • Coffee/Light
  • Brown Sugar Char
  • Orange Peel/Citrus
  • Table Black Table Pepper
  • Full White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Almonds/Roasted Nuts

FINAL THIRD

  • Leather
  • Roasted Nuts/Full
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Raw Cinnamon Spice
  • Charred Cedar
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Earth Notes
  • Cocoa Bean
  • All Spice
  • Black Pepper/Med-Full
  • White Pepper/Full evolving into flavors of Coffee/Roasted Nuts

CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

  • Good Construction/Light Feel
  • Solid Dark Grey/Black Ash/Held Past The Inch Point/Loose
  • Rustic Looking Wrapper/Seam/Vein/Tooth/Bumps
  • Wide Open Draw/V Cut/Volumes Of Smoke
  • Jagged Burn Line/Zero Re Lights
  • Strength/Upper Medium/Full

SUGGESTED PAIRING

CONCLUSION

The construction of the Musa robusto was good on all examples smoked for review. The vitola was not very dense to the touch and had a lighter dry feel to it. The burn line was slightly uneven at times but corrected itself, it did this a few times during the smoking duration. The ash held to about the inch point but was never solid or tight, I would have most certainly ashed before I did, but as always I push the limit when reviewing to pass on as much information as possible.

The draw was wide open on the V cut producing a multitude of easy draw smoke. The Musa robusto was a fine cigar that produced a balanced array of woody spicy notes with core flavors of roasted nuts and nuances of chocolate and coffee. This cigar is suitable for enjoyment morning, noon or night. It’s straight forward easy to taste flavors will pair perfectly with what ever you decide to pair it with.

 

 


CIGARS FOR REVIEW: PURCHASED

CIGARS SMOKE FOR REVIEW: 2

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 91

SIZE: 5 X 50 (ROBUSTO)

WRAPPER: CAMEROON (ECUADOR)

BINDER: SUMATRA INDONESIAN, GROWN IN ECUADOR

FILLER: VALLE DEL CIBAO (REPUBLICA DOMINICANA), NICARAGUA (2 CUTS)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

ROLLED AT: LA AURORA FACTORY, D.R

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Love of all things cigars, craft beer, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untapped @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
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