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Argyle White Glove Robusto Staff Review

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Grant T.

I’m smoking an Argyle White Glove in the 5 x 50 Robusto format. This dark and delicious cigar is just one of many standouts in the esteemed, chart-topping Argyle portfolio of premium handmade cigars. While the name “White Glove” may conjure up visions of a hoity-toity aristocrat summoning the chauffeur for a bottle of Grey Poupon from the backseat of a Rolls Royce, Argyle White Glove isn’t simply an exclusive treat for the elite. White Glove gushes with grandiose taste the masses can enjoy, and its paltry $2.99 price tag is proof positive!

If you’re ordinarily frugal, but you feel an occasional urge to be fancy, fortify your humidor with Argyle White Glove. Allow me to elaborate. Per my usual ritual, I’ve procured a factory-fresh 20-count box of Robustos from our palatial humidified warehouse where cool, climate-controlled aisles offer a welcome reprieve from temps teetering near 100 degrees outside as we head into summer.

White Glove comes in an elegant but understated wooden slide-top box that imparts a pleasant aroma of cedar to each cellophane-wrapped cigar. Upon sliding the top open, the brand’s quality control is immediately evident. Decadent aroma emerges from an enticing row of carefully color-sorted cigars that exhibit a uniform milk-chocolate hue. I slide one out from the center as if selecting an hors d’oeuvre from a butler’s sterling tray.

The Ecuador Habano wrapper shimmers under the light. Its seamless texture and perfect elasticity prompt me to carefully consider which accoutrements I should deploy in cutting and lighting up such a lavish specimen. Ceremoniously, I polish my razor-sharp Savoy Steel Cutter and my battle-scarred Holt’s Jetline Prestige Double Torch Lighter with my red bandana before surgically removing the cigar’s cap. 

An effortless cold draw reveals sweet and zesty notes of cocoa and molasses with a fragrant aroma of fresh-cut cedar. Ignition is nearly spontaneous. White Glove leaves an appealing impression from jump street. I’m checking the boxes for hallmarks of quality normally reserved for the kinds of cigars high society smokes – in other words, brands that are way out of my price range. Lush clouds of white smoke emerge from a core of well-aged, well-made, and perfectly humidified tobacco to encapsulate my office with an enviable room note.

After fifteen minutes, I tap off a one-and-a-half-inch, mottled grey ash before it gracefully lands in my ashtray. The profile blossoms into a dark and decadent mélange of Devils’ Food Chocolate, baking spices, and sweet alfalfa hay. Rich, cool smoke blankets the palate with a touch of spice courtesy of a balanced interior of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers.

I’m halfway through the bountiful flavor and flawless performance of my Robusto after a half hour. Its immaculate combustion ensures a succession of perfect draws. Fleeting notes of pepper appear as the cigar’s sweetness shifts to an earthy, lingering finish. I yearn for more forty-five minutes into White Glove as its nub expires from service on the edge of my ashtray. Next time, I’m reaching for a Churchill or a Toro.

I highly recommend this cigar. Argyle White Glove fits like a glove for penny-pinchers with priceless taste. Thanks to Argyle, you don’t need a big bank account to flaunt fine cigars. I must admit, I’m tempted to hang a pocket watch in my Carhartt vest and spit-shine my Red Wings before bed. If you’re on the fence, give one of our bestselling Argyle samplers a shot – ‘Black Tie,’ ‘Canopy,’ and ‘Micro Batch’ – for a full tour of the brand’s finest.

Until next time,

Long ashes to you!

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