LEAF by Oscar Connecticut Robusto cigars are scrumptious treats that used to be near-impossible to obtain. Dreamed up by ‘Island Jim’ for his Pennsylvania cigar shop and brought to fruition by Oscar Valladares, these small-batch smokes quickly became a hit that demanded a wider audience. So Valladares ramped up production at his small Honduran factory and now just about everyone can find out for themselves what the hype is all about. Of the four LEAF blends available, the Connecticut version might be the most unique by virtue of it being a Honduran Puro, a rarity for shade leaf covered smokes.
Removing the outer label and tobacco leaf from the 5 inch by 50 ring LEAF vitola is a near-religious experience, so take your time to savor the crisp aroma and flawless construction as you bring the stick into the light. A cold test through a LEAF by Oscar Connecticut Robusto delivers mild earth and fresh hay notes through a perfect draw, and it takes very little effort to get the cigar burning easily and straight. Cream and cedar do most of the work in creating a flavor profile, but a layer of black pepper is evident and some bright flashes of citrus can be discovered through patient smoking.
Most aficionados will be pleased to find the LEAF by Oscar Connecticut Robusto cigar carries a bit more strength than many other Connecticut smokes, but even you rookies will find it approachable and worth every second spent puffing. Arguably best as a morning companion to a cup of good coffee before hitting the busy streets, it still has its place beside a gin and tonic out on the deck purposefully wasting away the last few moments of the day. These will go fast so if they’re in stock don’t wait to grab a bundle or regret it forever. At least until we get some more.