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Cu Avana Intenso Robusto Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, July 25, 2012
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Cu Avana Intenso Robusto Cigar Review

This 5×50 stick features a very dark brown dry toothy wrapper with a firm even pck, small veins, tight seams, double cap and rich sweet chocolate and tobacco aroma. First light reveals a snug draw with good smoke output giving medium bodied flavors of a very sugary sweet tobacco on the draw with a creamy oiliness that lingers on the finish joined by a big spicy pepper zing. The first third completely washes out to a plain tobacco flavor with a short finish keeping just a tad of the pepper zing. The burn is pretty bad, needing a big touchup to correct an inch difference on one side. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point the flavors remain very plain and one dimensional, while the draw is still snug and the burn needed another touchup. I end this at the hour mark about where the normal band point would be. The last third got very plugged giving a hard draw an almost a chemical taste, like a residue lingering. Thank you to viewer Dexter Kicks for generously sending this in for review!

  • James

    Have been looking at these, i think i’ll pass unless i get one for free lol. I would like to know if you bryan or anyone has tried the punisher series? One of my all time favorites! Hold on to your hat though because they are an experience! Have to love powerful smokes!

    • I think I have one but from that description it sounds like a big STAY AWAY sign for me lol

      • Griff

        The Punisher is like smoking a jalapeno. Yummy!

        • James

          It is the only cigar i’ve smoked that i wondered if i could finish it at about the halfway point and it is spicy! Then it mellows out at just the right time to enjoy the rest. I love the jalapeno flavor!

  • Bill O

    Wow you have not really had a dog like that in a while. Thanks for giving it a go!

  • JJO

    Seems like you got a big ol’ dud. I was gifted a toro and liked it quite a bit. No problems with construction or burn, and no off flavors. I would get more, especially for what they can be had for at the auction site.

    The Punisher, on the other hand, just sounds like a gimmick, with pepper flavoring or extract applied to the wrapper to give it a hot burning sensation. A reviewer friend who leans toward the strong smokes said that he would have liked it were it not for the incessant burning heat. To each his own – and I understand why fans of the Punisher like it; it’s like being in a chile eating contest – but for myself, I like spicy heat as a complement to something, not as the primary component.

    • James

      You should try one jjo it is a nice compliment as the heat is a nice kick for the first third to half then it fades away. The cigar has a great flavor all the way through and in my opinion, as i too like spicy heat as a complimentery flavor, whether they tried this as a gimmick or not they nailed it for us heat lovers.

  • Anthony Bedus

    Hey Bryan, don’t know if they changed the blend on the Cu-Avana.It seems they changed the name to Intensus for some reason.I’ve had a couple under that name and they have smoked pretty good,nothing complex but ok.

    • Same blend. A lawsuit between CI and CCC forced the change in name only.

  • Justin

    I’ve had a couple. They weren’t terrific, but definitely better than you experienced, I quite liked them. I loosely compare them to a 5 Vegas Triple A for the profile, but much less refined. The burns I had on these were perfect. I have one Punisher in my humidor, do I need to have the TUMS handy when I smoke it?

    • James

      Lol no tums needed unless you plan on eating it! 😉 A glass of ice water would be a good idea though! I love em, might be my one of my top five.

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