Monday’s Review: Tres Reynas Robusto (IPCPR Sample)
August 20, 2012
Tres Reynas Robusto (IPCPR Sample)
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf, USA
Size: 5 Inches
Ring Gauge: 50
Release Date: August 2012
MSRP: $7.50/ single or 150.00/ box of 20
Tres Reynas or Three Queens, is a collaboration between Janny Garcia (My Father Cigars) , Patricia, and Raquel Quesada (Quesada Cigars & SAG Imports) I had the pleasure of briefly discussing this project with SAG Imports own Terence Reilly.
“The project came about from the friendship between the girls. They have been friends for a while now and decided to do a cigar together. Janny worked with her brother Jaime on some blends, then Patricia and Raquel got together with them to give their thoughts and finalize the blend.”. Terrence also states, “The blend we picked is unique in that it doesn’t taste like anything currently produced by either family. We are all very proud of the result”.
Tres Reynas is produced at the My Father Cigar factory and is being distributed by SAG Imports in the following vitolas:
Today we are reviewing the robusto. I typically prefer the robusto format for my reviews, as I feel this vitola consistently and accurately depicts the flavor profile that the blender/s were trying to achieve.
The Tres Reynas sports a dark chocolaty wrapper that is rich in oils and has tiny flecks of minerals that glisten off the wrapper. The roll on this cigar is practically seamless with very little veins present and is finished with a triple cap. The inspection of the foot shows a tightly packed cigar that is firm to the touch and very comfortable in the hand. The nose offers up tons of black pepper and sweet tobacco notes that follow through on the spicy cold draw.
Upon combustion the Tres Reynas greets you with a rich earthiness and strong tobacco flavors that attack the sides of the palate and is making my mouth water. As the cigar warms up roasted coffee and caramel come into the mix with a blast of pepper through the retrohale. It is safe to say that this is full bodied. A fairly large amount of blue tinted smoke is being thrown off indicating there is a healthy amount of ligero being used in the blend. The burn is a little wavy but has not required any touch ups at this point. The draw is firm and the dark grey almost silver ash is tight and holds on for about 1 ½ inches.
During the second third, the strength and spice has subsided and not as powerful bordering on medium full-full in strength. Sweet tobacco and nuttiness take the stage as the pepper is subtle and stays in the background. The flavors are much drier than before. Roasted coffee is really starting to come through on the palate with some grittiness from the broadleaf. Hints of cedar and vanilla round out the flavor profile and make it creamy. At this point the burn has required some touch ups. This was a show sample, so the storage and handling conditions may not be optimal.
Now into the final third the Tres Reynas is smooth and mellow with cocoa powder really coming through, especially on the retro (think Nestle Chocolate Quick powdered mix). As we near the end, the sweetness from the chocolate turns to raisin and more sweet tobacco with with hints of cola fading in and out, leaving a pleasant after taste.
Final thoughts: I have to admit, when I took my first initial puffs of this cigar, the strength caught me off guard. I was expecting something more medium, being that this was blended by Janny, Patricia, and Raquel. I had to remind myself their fathers are basically cigar Royalty. The pedigree of The” 3 Queens” can not be denied.
The cigar was fairly complex , burned nice and slow and never went out. It did require a fair amount of touch ups, but again this was a show sample. The strength steadily decreased as the cigar went on . I would have to classify this overall as medium-full cigar, although the first third may scare some . There was never any bitterness or harshness to the cigar even at its strongest. A solid cigar at the right price point! I can see the Tres Reynas making its way into my rotation.
Final Smoking Time: 1hour 35 minutes
Reviewed by Ian Goldbaum, follow him on twitter @MrFrancophileNY …Rate this review.