Robert Graham 145th Anniversary Robusto. This cigar celebrates the 145th anniversary of the Scottish liquor shop and tobacconist. They are famous for their own bottling as well. But when whiskey lover and cigar aficionado Stephen Johnstone acquired Robert Graham 1874 in 2014, he started working on private label cigars as well. The Tobacco Lords cigars saw the light. We reviewed the Tobacco Lords Maduro Spiers and the Tobacco Lords Natural Cunninghame before.
The limited-edition Robert Graham 1874 145th Anniversary Robusto, Johnstone looked to Didier Houvenaghel from DH Boutique Cigars. With Houvenaghel, he created a Nicaraguan puro with some vintage tobaccos. All the tobaccos used are from 2012, 2013, and 2014. With a Criollo wrapper, Pelo D’Oro binder and Pilato Cubano and Criollo 98 fillers. The cigars are only available in a 5×50 Robusto. Only 145 numbered boxes of 10 were made. Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez manufactured the cigars.
Name: Robert Graham 145th Anniversary Robusto
Factory: Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez
Wrapper: Nicaragua, criollo 2012 vintage
Binder: Nicaragua, Pelo d’oro 2014 vintage
Filler: Nicaragua, Pilato Cubano Condega 2013 vintage, Criollo 98 Quilali 2014 vintage
Price: € 23.10 (converted from GBP)
Cutter: Xikar X2
Lighter: single flame
Smoke conditions: indoors with ventilator
Smoke time: one hour forty-five minutes.
Sponsored by Robert Graham 1874
The cigar looks great. A nice, smooth yet oily Colorado colored wrapper that shows a few thin veins. A very small glossy black foot ring with golden lettering. The regular ring is glossy black to with very detailed golden printing on top. The cigar feels good, with the right amount of bounce when squeezed gently. The shape of the head is immaculate. The aroma is medium strong hay smell.
The cold draw is fine, yet the flavor is musty and dry. Like moldy straw with some spices. That musty flavor remains, although lesser in strength after lighting. It’s accompanied by pepper, coffee, and a lot of leather. After a few puffs, the musty flavor disappears. The cigar now has hints of sweetness, spices, wood, leather, and pepper. It then turns to sweetness, wood, leather, soil, and pepper. The sweetness grows, but with an unusual mixture of spices. The leather, wood, and earthiness are still there as well. At the end of the first third, a nutty flavor shows up too. The cigar is easy to retrohale. The cigar becomes smoother. With balanced, smooth spices, pepper, cedar, grass, and toast.
The draw is very good. The light-colored ash is quite coarse. The smoke is thick, full and white. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is well balanced. It’s a medium to medium-full bodied cigar, yet full-flavored. The smoke time is an hour and forty-five minutes.
Strength: Medium to medium-full