Cigar Review: R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto – Rated 95

Back in late September when I attended the Cigar Mike Atlanta Cigar Experience, I ran into Rob Robinson, the CEO of R & R Cigars based out of Miami, FL. Rob is a dapper man who loves his cigars as do us all. While we were chatting in the Davidoff lounge in Atlanta, he handed me one of his creations, a well constructed Barber Pole and said to give it a try. I promised I would check it out when I got home and today I would like to present my review of this cigar.

R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto

According to his company’s LinkedIn page:

At R&R Cigars we strive to manufacture the best quality cigars in the market. With two generations of experience and knowledge our cigars are made with precise detail to the art of a hand- made cigar. We use top quality Cuban seed tobacco with Nicaraguan, wrappers and binder, thus making this blend one of distinction. They are 100% Hand-Made by Cuban Master Rollers in the heart of Miami, FL.

Rob explained that the blend on the barber pole was 100% Nicaraguan:

  • Wrapper – Habano/Maduro
  • Binder – Nicaraguan
  • Filler – Nicaraguan

The tobaccos used in the construction of the cigar are aged 3 years and they come packaged in 20-count boxes with an MSRP of $11.00/cigar.

Pre-Light Examination

The R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto is a beautifully constructed barber pole that offers a perfect contrast of leaf color and even spacing of wrapper leaf. Both the habano and maduro wrapper leaf were smooth to the touch with minimal veins and a light oily sheen. The cigar was solid in hand with no soft spots detected and it was finshed with a well applied double cap.

R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto

A single black, white and gold band adorns the cigar. The company’s logo is proudly presented in the center. It is not fancy but it does the job.

R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto

Running the cigar across the nasals I noted the some muted pungent and spice notes along the barrel along with damp forest notes off the foot.

Once I sliced the cap with my double blade cutter, straight across the shoulder, I proceeded to give it some cold draw puffs that I found to be spot with restriction while offering a fine array of pre-light notes including spicy cinnamon and just a touch of earth.

With the pre-light exam behind me, I reached for my double flame torch to warm the foot to an even orange glow and drew in a strong pepper burst on the first puff that hit both my palate and the nasals. Follow along as I burn this one to ash.

Cigar Review Notes

R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto
R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto
R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto
R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto
R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto
  • Pepper shot right off the initial light front end awaking the palate and nose
  • Meaty notes join the mix as the pepper pulls back
  • Hint of sweetness and a touch of cinnamon adds a pleasurable dimension to the early profile
  • Solid light grey ash is forming on top of a medium thick slightly wavy char line
  • Dark chocolate notes evolve deep in the second third
  • Touch of spice as it twirls though the wrappers
  • The solid long ash fell finally, revealing a well formed and centered burn cone
  • Coffee notes blend in near the start of the final third
  • Lingering spice takes you down to the nub
  • Medium in Strength
  • Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 25 minutes

Final Analysis

I found the R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto to be a very pleasurable smoking experience. The journey started with rich peppery and meaty notes that gave way to a pleasurable natural sweetness and cinnamon spice that I thoroughly enjoyed as they lasted deep into the second third. Dark Chocolate teased the palate before giving way to spice notes and coffee nuances. This is a cigar any enthusiast would enjoy and is one I would enjoy any time of the day. The construction was excellent and the burn was great, including the long solid ash. This is a box worthy cigar and I rate it a 95.

Point Deductions: (-1) Mild Wave

Bonus Points: (+1) Extreme Ash; (+1) Buy A box

R&R Cigars Barber Pole Robusto

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