Cigar Review: Tres Reynas Robusto
3 Reynas Robusto
Size: Robusto (5″ x 50)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broad Leaf
Price: $7.50 MSRP
The Tres Reynas, or Three Queens, was one of the most buzz heavy cigars released at IPCPR ’12. Rightly so as the Tres Reynas is a collaboration between My Father Cigars and Quesada. The Tres Reynas, or three queens. is named for Raquel and Pachy Quesada, and Janny Garcia, three leading women in the cigar industry, and was a joint project inspired by their friendship. The Tres Reynas is manufactured at the My Father Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua and is being distributed by SAG Imports, the distribution wing of Quesada Cigars.
The Tres Reynas is a limited release of 3,000 boxes (1,000 per Vitola) and features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper surrounding Nicaraguan filler and binder. On a side note, I really think the Quesada’s do a great job with their limited runs. The Oktoberfest, and Domus Magnus, were wildly successful releases last year and the Quesada España, which was a Spanish release that saw very limited US availability, are all great smokes.
I was fortunate enough to smoke the Belicoso at IPCPR and it was a memorable smoke. I was curious to try the smoke in a different Vitola and was able to get a Robusto for this review from one of the first shiments.
But enough about that, let’s toast the foot!
Pre-Light: (1.9) The Tres Reynas sports a very dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper with a little toothiness, some minor veins, and a bit of sheen to it. As with most everything from the My Father Factory, the seams are perfect and there is an expertly applied triple cap. The Band is simple and classy, a white band with gold trim, featuring the silhouettes of three feminine faces and the words “3 Reynas” in script, as well as”Hecho en Mano” and “Esteli” “Nicaragua” on the band. Classy and fitting.
The scent off the foot is of wet rich hay, barnyard. The pre-light draw offers up an earthy sweet tobacco and a hint of dark chocolate.
Burn: (1.8) The thick broadleaf wrapper burns a tad bit wavy at first but straightens out as the smoke progresses, a hallmark of My Father Cigars quality. The draw offered up just a slight resistance which let the Robusto last longer than the typical 5 x 50 experience.
Flavor: (2.6) The Tres Reynas opens up with a rich earthy and spicy bouquet. There is a peppery spice on the finish in the beginning. It is not typical Pepin spice, but a few degrees gentler. As I get past the first few puffs, about a half inch in there a rich earthiness and sweet tobacco that takes the forefront along with some notes of dark roast coffee and a very mild dark chocolate note. The spice has gotten gentles but remains on the finish.
Progressing into the second third and the dark roast coffee and hints of dark chocolate continue to be interwoven through the rich, earthy, sweet tobacco which is the most dominant flavor in the profile. At about the mid point the dark chocolate begins a bit more pronounced, but doesn’t take the lead in the flavor profile. There is a nice complexity to the smoke which has moved from a mild strength to the lower range of medium.
Smoking into the last third and the Tres Reynas continues to fature a somewhat complex bouquet of sweet and earthy tobacco with flickering elements of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. The cigar burns cool and slow and despite the occasionally over ambitious draw it doesn’t get heavy in strength. The Tres Reynas concludes with a strength on the lighter side of medium.
Overall: (2.7) I was admittedly excited when I first heard of this project. I’d guess that between My Father Cigars and Quesada about half of my regular rotation is represented. I typically enjoy a number of My Father manufactured cigars as regulars in my rotation and the Quesada brand is the first I turn to when I want a change up so this smoke should have been right up my alley. It was. I really enjoyed the combination of Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and the somewhat richer and gentler Nicaraguan filler and binder. As I mentioned earlier in the review, I had smoked the Belicoso at IPCPR as a gift from the Quesada family, and while the Robusto was very good, I probably liked the Belicoso even a little more. A great job in recognizing these three leading ladies of the cigar industry, the cigar that recognizes their relationship is rich and balanced in flavor, complex in character, and medium (at best) in strength.