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A. Turrent Triple Play Robusto

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Reviewed by: Matt Sackmann & Larry Watkins

Cigar: A. Turrent Triple Play Robusto

Wrapper: San Andres Morron

Binder: Connecticut broadleaf

Filler: Nicaragua, San Andreas, Honduran Maduros

Size: 4-1/2” X 54

Construction/Appearance (10 points):

Matt » The Triple Play is a stub of a cigar, but a handsome cigar none the less.   The wrapper has that deep brown color distinctive of San Andres Morron Mexican tobacco. Some minor veins were visible, but didn’t take away from its rich look.  The cap is well constructed. Overall, the Triple Play is solidly constructed.  The pre-light aroma is as rich as the color, expressing strong notes of dark chocolate. – Points 9 out of 10

Larry » The Triple Play has a toothy, rough veiny wrapper with a nice pre-light smell of well aged tobacco. – Points: 9 of 10

Draw, Ash Quality, Burn Quality (20 points):

Matt » Draw: The draw was right in my wheel house: medium and even, producing a good amount of smoke.  / Ash Quality:  The stack was solid.  The ash was almost white, which offered a nice contrast to the dark brown color of the cigar. / Burn Quality:  The burn was even with no runs at any time.  This said, it did burn hot during the first third of the cigar, but then corrected itself. – Points:  18 of 20

Larry » Draw: The draw is slightly resistant, but is smooth and produces lots of thick full flavored smoke.  / Ash Quality: The ash was light gray. It hung on for over an inch even though it did require a couple of minor touch ups. / Burn Quality:  The burn was slightly uneven requiring a couple of minor touch ups, but overall was very good. – Points: 17 of 20

Smoking Characteristics (30 points):

Matt » Start:  Upon first puff my pallet was hit with flavors of rich dark chocolate and some saltiness.  Shortly thereafter more complex flavors of rich dark chocolate, earth and a hint of spice took over.  The saltiness hung around a bit at the finish, but in a good way.  It’s not an unwanted bitterness, but a distinct salt-like flavor which melded well with the other flavors.  / Middle: Moving towards the middle portion of the cigar, the cigar started burning hot.  I noticed a dry cardboard flavor.  The spice and dark chocolate flavors mellowed and were replaced by a little bitterness.  I let it sit a bit, hoping it would cool off and come around, and it did.  / Finish: After correcting itself, all the dark chocolate and spice came back, along with the touch of salt on the finish.  This continued through the finish.  Only at the very end did some bitterness come through, but it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the cigar. – Points:  26 of 30

Larry » Right from the start this cigar was full bodied as you would expect from a puro maduro, and very spicy to the nose.  The full flavors and big aroma filled the room, but weren’t overpowering.  The flavor of the cigar seemed to build throughout the smoke. – Points: 28 of 30

Overall Impression (40 points):

Matt » If you have never smoked a cigar with Mexican tobacco, you really should to try one.  Mexican tobacco offers a distinct flavor that sets a cigar apart from most on the market.  The Triple Play exemplifies that distinct flavor.  Coming from the Turrent family which is the largest and one of the oldest growers of Mexican tobacco, you know you are getting some of the best Mexican tobacco.  The Triple Play is a great example of why Mexican tobacco is gaining in popularity.  The only flaw was the hot burn, which is reflected in the scores, but overall this a great medium to full bodied cigar.  I can see why it made the top 25 cigars of the year. – Points:  37 of 40

Larry » This short, fat, well made little robust was full bodied and full flavored, with a spicy flavor that stayed with me for a while after I was done.  I smoked this cigar down to the nub and wished there was more of it.  It is definitely worth your time to try.  – Points: 38 of 40

Matt’s Total Points:  90 out of 100

Larry’s Total Points: 92 out of 100

Average Score: 91 out of 100


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