I reviewed the Caldwell Gibraltar Extra robusto this past November 2016 and then totally forgot about the smoke. Does this mean the cigar was not to my liking, or did not make an impression on me ? Actually none of the above. In reality , I don’t even have a reason.
I have now smoked several Caldwell cigars with a mixed track record. Read my previous reviews to see my thoughts on them.
Take a look at this review and make up your own thoughts. Where and how I obtained the cigar does not influence my take on the smoke.
Caldwell/ Gibraltar Extra
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Dominican Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Shaper: Gran Robustto
Price: $5.25 Each
When and where smoked: 11/6/16, Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, Los Angeles , Ca.
Purchased : CigarsCity.com
Medium brown wrapper, slightly oily touch to the wrapper.
Firm ( hard ? ) with veins fairly visible but not distracting. Good looking band which Caldwell Cigars seems to thrive in their marketing.
Initial third had a slight taste of black pepper with some hay and grassy notes. Nothing really grabbed me to think this might be an exceptional smoke but it’s early.
Easy burn, grey ash, slight deviation of construction as the cigar started to become uneven. Stayed lit throughout the smoke but burn issues became a problem. Burn became more disjointed as the construction failed.
This probably help create a bitter and more metallic overall flavor in the second third. Not a good thing.
The cigar had several problems including burn quality, metallic taste and not a pleasant experience. I wanted to give it a chance to get better so I smoked it to the end but would not do that again.
Final Thoughts :
Appearance/ Construction: 3 out 5
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma: 2 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 2 out 5
Conclusion/ Overall Impression: 2 out of 5
Caldwell Cigars need to develop a quality modest priced cigar. This certainly was not it. Total pass on the smoke and if you get one from a buddy, be warned.