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Cigar Review: La Viuda Negra, Robusto Gordo

La Viuda Negra, Robusto Gordo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yika Renee Morales dedicates her life to fighting crime and keeping our streets safe as a NYPD Narcotics Officer.  Yika along with her business partner Christopher Weathersby, have also shown a talent as one of the creators of the newest boutique cigar to hit the industry the La Viuda Negra.

Morales isn’t the only police officer to venture into the cigar industry, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives (mutual friends of ours) are creators of Protocol cigars and have been enjoying success with some very recognizable and highly scored offerings of there own.

I spent some time talking with Yika and she told me “La Viuda Negra Cigar is hand crafted in the Dominican Republic.

It comes in a San Andres Maduro and a Habano Oscuro wrapper. The filler is comprised of 5 tobacco blends. Nicaraguan viso, Pennsylvania Red, Criollo 98, Cuban Piloto, Olor Diominicano”.

She also says “It took me 3 years to perfect this cigar and made sure I was involved in every aspect of the process so I could truly learn the business properly” 

 

LA VIUDA NEGRA (BLACK WIDOW} 5 COUNT SAMPLER

 

Yika is a woman who has been a passionate cigar smoker for many years.  Her first cigar was given to her by her mother at her graduation.  She found smoking with fellow cops helped relieved the high stress she would endure at work and was a great way to calm her nerves and end the day. 

She also said “The name and concept of the cigar derived from bad guys in the street who nicknamed me the Black Widow because of my impressive street tactics, so the cigar is very personal to me.

Like the Black Widow this cigar will lure you in and ensnare your taste palate, as it slowly unleashes the Venom while you smoke it”.

 

AVAILABLE SIZES

  • Robusto Gordo
  • Torpedo
  • Churchill
  • Toro
  • Panatela

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Mexican San Andres wrapper is dark and oily with sizable seam, tooth and vein. This particular review is on the Robusto Gordo format, it has a large open foot with a triple rounded cap.

Two bands are on the La Vuida Negra, I have to give credit where credit is due the packaging and bands are stellar good! A perfect 10 on looks. The main band is glossy black with a red hour glass right in the middle, pirates would use this on there black flags to indicate your time was running out.

When I see this on a a little black spider watch out! Around the glossy red hour glass is gold bands of rope completing the design. Along the sides reads “HAND MADE” and “DOM REP” in solid white font on a black background. The band on the footer is also glassy black and reads ” LA VIUDA NEGRA” in wicked red font, gold and red trim round out the label.

Pre light aroma had notes of barnyard, cedar and sweet dried fruit. The cold draw produced flavors of sweet tea, chocolate and leather.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT 

Warm cedar aroma off the toasted foot. Flavors of cocoa, coffee, leather and cedar with no char. Background flavors of raisins, peat scotch and smoky almonds.

The spicy element is a mild black table pepper dusting notable in between draws with a leather aftertaste. The retro is producing very minimal spice through the nose with no evolution of flavor.

  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Cedar/No Char
  • Raisins
  • Peat Scotch
  • Smokey Almonds
  • Black Pepper/MILD Table Pepper Dusting

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering into cruise control flavors of dark chocolate and leather with a sweetness of raisins. Background flavors of malt, salted cashews and smoked almonds.

Minimal spice with a hint of black table pepper that’s overpowered by an aftertaste of leather. The retro has increased slightly with warm black pepper evolving into nuances of toffee and caramel char.

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Leather
  • Sweet Raisins
  • Malt
  • Salted Cashews
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Minimal Hint of Black Pepper/Aftertaste of Leather

 

  • FINAL THIRD

Into the final third flavors of dark chocolate, leather and charred honey. Background flavors are predominately earthy, malt, smoked almonds and salted sun flower seeds.

All spice has dissipated, the leather on the aftertaste is producing a fullness with nuances of a holiday spice that’s been consistent from first light. The retro is producing a mild white pepper evolving into charred Toffee/Caramel

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Leather
  • Honey/Charred
  • Earth
  • Malt
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Sun Flower Seeds/Salt
  • Spice coming from Leather/Holiday Spice/Light
  • The retro is producing White Pepper/Mild evolving into flavors of charred Toffee/Caramel

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

CONSTRUCTION: Good, a few soft spots, no visual blemishes. The seam lifted slightly on the Robusto Gordo

BURN: Slightly crooked, thick carbon line separating the ash from the wrapper.

ASH: Light Grayish/Black, loose and flaky! My shorts payed the price so don’t let it get too long. Tapped off with ease

CUT: V cut the Robusto Gordo, had to straight cut the Toro due to slight tar build up, once straight cut had zero issues

DRAW: Minimal resistance on the draw, opened up in cruise control without further issues

RE LIGHTS: Zero

STRENGTH: Very mild to lower end MEDIUM, Tasty earthy and leathery flavors

 

  • CONCLUSION

The La Viuda Negra had some notable earthy leather flavors, chocolate and coffee was experienced in the blend. My personal preference is more on the Full side of the wheelhouse and the Black Widow was an offering more on the lighter side, in fact IMO it had very little to zero strength at all.

I’ve been talking with a few people who have smoked the cigar and everyone’s response was the same, very light. I’ve been smoking other sizes this morning and did find the Toro and Torpedo to be minimally stronger with an identical flavor profile.

 

TORO

 

Try it, although it didn’t suit my particular strength wheelhouse there are some tasty earthy flavors going on throughout the three major smoking stages.

On the lighter side of the spectrum this was made to be enjoyed on a fresh palate in the early A.M with a strong cup of coffee or tea to enhance all components of the La Viuda Negra.

 

 


Cigars for review: Purchased UnderGround Cigar Shop

Cigars smoked for review: 3 Robusto Gordo/Toro/Torpedo

Cigar Smoke rate: 85

Size: 5 x 58 (Robusto Gordo)

Wrapper: San Andres Maduro

Binder: Unknown

Filler: Nicaraguan viso, Pennsylvania Red, Criollo 98, Cuban Piloto, Olor Diominicano

 

 

 

 

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