Monday, April 2, 2012

Mad Dog Cigars Robusto Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Rosado
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $6.00

I understand that most of you probably have never heard of this cigar, that is the main reason why I decided to reach out to these guys. I personally have never had a cigar from the Panama Caribbean Tobacco Company. Now I know that these probably aren't in your local shops, but these can be found online. I let this cigar rest about a week after I received it to let it adjust from transit.

The thing that really drew me into this cigar is the wrapper leaf. As you can see in the pictures, it is actually a deep red. Some of the cigars I have reviewed has slight red hints to the wrapper, but this one was literally red. The wrapper is also very smooth and has a nice oily shine to it.

There are absolutely no veins running through the leaf. The cap is a little off center, but it is flush. The only flaw in the cigar I noticed was a small chip out on the wrapper on the underside of the stick. I also noticed that the cigar itself was fairly light and gave off a very interesting scent of fruits and flowers.

I was a excited to light this cigar up just so see what flavors I was going to find in the Panama tobacco. Right away I noticed how smooth the smoke was. The flavor started out pretty earthy and grassy. These tones stuck around for the first few puffs until a light toast flavor formed. Shortly after I picked up on the toast notes, some light wood notes came out.

Once I got about an inch into this cigar some spicy flavors surfaced. There were distinct notes of pepper as well as cinnamon. The cinnamon notes added a very light sweetness to the earthy smoke. The flavors that were there were pretty good and formed a medium body.

Around the start of the second third some of the floral notes came out that I smelled before I lit the cigar. There was still a good bit of a spice, but it was moved to more of an undertone. The sweetness was still there but that dulled out a bit as well.

Right around the halfway mark a strong leather flavor came out. Right after I picked up on the leather the pepper flavor picked up a little bit. The leather flavor started to take over a little bit and it also combined  with the spice to take over as the main flavor. The floral and wood notes were more secondary now.

The last couple inches were a great combination of all of the flavors. The toast flavor became much stronger, but not on the same level as the leather. The spice notes as well as the floral notes mellowed out on the finish. The finish was very flavorful still. The cigar remained medium body throughout but I could tell it was leaning towards the full body line.

The ash was a darker gray and held on passed the half way point. The burn was pretty even all the way through. The draw was a little tight, but it wasn't bad at all. The draw still produced a thick white smoke. The smoke gave off a very earthy aroma.

I have to say, for my first impression of this cigar was very good. If the interesting color of the wrapper doesn't draw you in, the band might. I would definitely smoke this cigar again. If you guys want to try this cigar out, they are available online. I give this cigar a 7.25 out of 10.

Thanks for reading,

Zack the Stogie Man


  1. Nice review Zach. Anyone interested in Mad Dog can contact me here on FB. Todd C. Maietta

  2. Zack, that was excellent review. Thanks for the heads up. Have you done reviews on Jose Seijas Cigars. One in particular, the Monte Cristo NY Edition?

    Juan Rodriguez

    1. Thanks for commenting. No I have never had them. I would love to try them out and review them. But I am not in NY so the Monte Cristo NY isnt easy to get.