Cigar Review: Paul Stulac White Blinding Light Robusto
A while back Paul Stulac was kind enough to send us some samples of his sticks, which at the time were fairly new to the scene and hadn’t caught much buzz yet. We were immediately impressed with their overall quality, and now that Stulac’s stogies have made their big debut at this year’s IPCPR trade show, the web has been pretty much flooded with praise for this new boutique brand. This week we received our first official batch of Paul Stulac cigars, so I figured I’d pull one out for review. I decided to go with one of his newer blends, the White Blinding Light Robusto.
The stick looked to be well-rolled and was wrapped in a smooth, dark-brown leaf with just a couple of pronounced veins. The huge white band on the cigar featured the usual Stulac “Sons of Anarchy-esque”skulls, angel’s wings, weapons, etc. Pre-light draws gave off a distinct boozy licorice taste that reminded me of Jagermeister. Interesting, to say the least.
After an easy light, the WBL kicked off with heavy notes of wood and cocoa, and a decent amount of crisp pepper on the finish. The draw was ample, and despite the bold flavors present, the cigar came across as smooth and balanced. Some hay/barnyard flavor eventually popped up during this portion, and about 1 ½ inches in I suddenly became very aware of the strength of the cigar, and decided to slow down a bit.
By the time I burned into the second 3rd I was sporting a fat grey ash and the stogie continued to pump out strong flavor through a smooth draw. The burn was staying nice and straight, and then about halfway through this portion the profile shifted a bit and became very relaxed and smooth. Hints of anise, smoky cedar, and a slightly sweet spice swirled around during this third, and by this point I was really feeling the nicotine buzz, much more than I had expected.
I was kind of expecting an encore of the intro when I got to the final third, but instead this stogie kept on smoking smooth and well-balanced with the intensity of the flavor returning only slightly. A nice bit of malty sweetness crept up during this portion, and the WBL stayed creamy and consistent until I finally laid it to rest with about 1 ½ inches remaining.
First off, the Paul Stulac White Blinding Light is probably one of the strongest cigars I have smoked. To call this stick “deceptively full-bodied” would be a vast understatement- this thing laid a major nicotine smackdown on me while smoking almost as easily as a Macanudo Café. The flavors were full, clean, and easily read for the most part, and had nice subtleties. Only one minor touch-up was needed to even out the burn during the first third, from that point on it burned crisp and clean. All in all, I would say this is certainly a cigar I would recommend for those who like a little extra power in their smokes, and today I award the Paul Stulac White Blinding Light a grade of B. I have a feeling that we have much more to look forward to from this industry newcomer, and I can’t wait to try out the rest of his line-up.