Cult cigars are a boutique brand brought to us by well-known humidor and cigar accessory distributor Quality Importers and TACASA of Esteli, Nicaragua, a cigar company whose primary focus is on quality rather than quantity. This new brand has been getting a good amount of exposure around the interwebs for about a year or so now, and it seemed overdue that I light one up for review. Today I finally cracked into a sample of the new Cult Profile Robusto (4 3/8 x 54.)
The cigar was solidly filled beneath a clean, smooth, and shiny Habano wrapper with an ample double cap up top. After hitting it with the bullet punch, pre-light draws revealed a taste of light and lemony citrus, and a bit of sweet and mellow tobacco flavor.
The Robusto started off buttery smooth with notes of coffee and nuts. I was getting plenty of silky smoke in each puff, and ensuing draws brought about a tinge of spice and a slight sweetness on the finish.
Going into the 2nd third the stick was rocking a straight burn and solid ash and showing great balance, with added dimensions of bread and a lingering and pervasive nutmeg/cinnamon baking spice note. By the time I was halfway through the cigar the sweetness of the finish had leaked into the main profile and flavors were fuller than they had been initially.
In the final stretch the profile stayed fairly consistent with flavors of earth and espresso, and a bit of rich cedar on the finish. Both burn and draw remained exemplary until the Profile had achieved official finger-burner status.
The Cult Profile Robusto held excellent balance and good, well-rounded flavor. It managed to be an engaging and enjoyable smoke without straying too far from the typical Nicaraguan flavor scheme. As far as performance is concerned it was spot-on, leaving nothing to be desired in either burn or draw. The attention to detail that went into the production of this cigar was apparent in every aspect, and I give it an esteemed B grade. These would make a super-solid go-to smoke and are well worth the price at around $6 a stick.