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Casa Royale Robusto Staff Review

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Grant T.

I’m smoking a 5 x 50 Casa Royale Robusto. Longer days are here, and I can finally retire my fingerless gloves and the portable heater for another season. There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than to commence with my relentless pursuit of premium flavor, irresistible aroma, and perfect construction without breaching my incredibly low budgetary threshold for fine cigars.

It’s not that I only smoke yard ‘gars, friends. It’s that I prefer to pay yard ‘gar prices for what I smoke. But, I won’t sacrifice quality or great taste – not one iota. Frugality forces one to uncover the highest-quality cigars at the lowest-possible prices, and, boy, have I got a beauty for you today!

Friends, Romans, countrymen, allow me to introduce Casa Royale. I’ve procured a factory-fresh box of 20 Robustos from our spacious, humidified warehouse where I saunter down our sprawling aisles of new arrivals and closeouts, as if they were picturesque Parisian streets, in search of the perfect specimens to smoke and recommend to my adoring audience of price-conscious connoisseurs. Casa Royale is presented in an understated wooden box with its elegant logo prominently stamped on all sides.

Upon breaking the seal of the slide-top box, rich notes of cedar, leather and well-aged tobaccos tingle my overly perceptive sense of smell. Mouthwatering indeed! This decadent long-filler Dominican cigar is certainly promising from a visual inspection. The entire box of cigars is perfectly color-sorted with a uniform butterscotch hue. Silky, smooth, and nearly vein-free Connecticut Shade wrappers glow from the top row.

As I remove the cellophane from the cigar, I’m greeted with an earthy mélange of cocoa, leather, and baking spices. The pre-light aroma translates identically to the cold draw which, with its perfect resistance, is a strong indicator of a superb, razor-sharp burn.

Ignition is promptly accomplished courtesy of my Jetline Prestige Double Torch Lighter. The wrapper, binder, and filler ceremoniously unite in a palate-pleasing performance. Creamy notes of caramel and toasted almonds reveal cameos of ripened Turkish figs with a touch of sweetness.

Twenty minutes have elapsed by the halfway mark and Casa Royale is a touch mild for my taste, but that’s not a strike against it, as I’m accustomed to fairly robust cigars. Its mottled grey ash is firm. I deliberately tap if off in the ashtray after more than two-inches have held on. Woody, leathery aromas perfume the air the entire time I smoke.

Twenty-five more minutes pass before I am at the end. I am pleasantly surprised with the consistency of Casa Royale, especially for the $3.49 price tag. This mild-mannered Dominican dandy easily outperforms cigars that cost three times as much. Casa Royale earns a well-deserved 92-point score from yours truly and priority placement in my personal coolerdor. Add a box to your smoking rotation without delay!

Until next time, long ashes to you!


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