262 Cigars is one of the boutique brands that has grabbed the headlines in the last year. I’m a pretty big fan of their Ideology and Paradigm lines, and I loved their limited edition Manifesto. When I heard they would have a new line displayed at the 2012 IPCPR I was quite excited. I meant with Clint Aaron, the owner of 262 Cigars, and was able to obtain a sample of the new 262 Revere in the robusto vitola for review.
The Revere is a Nicaraguan puro made by Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua. The official release will be in October or November and Clint has chosen Riverside Cigars in Jeffersonville, Indiana for the launch event.
Check out the photos from the 262 Cigars 2012 IPCPR booth:
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Jalapa Valley
Binder: Jalapa and Esteli
Filler: Condega, Jalapa, and Esteli
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The 262 Revere Robusto has a dark brown wrapper that has a slight reddish hue. The texture is very veiny, but smooth. It has an attractive oil sheen and a generous cap. The band says 262 Revere, with the motto of the company below it, Smoke the Revolution.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the 262 Revere Robusto has a note of sweet rich molasses and raisin. The foot has a scent which is a blend of sweet molasses, spice, raisin, and deep earth. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the 262 Revere Robusto, and on the cold draw there is a mix of spice, sweet molasses, and rich deep earth.
Smoking Characteristics: The 262 Revere Robusto opens up with some rich flavors of spices, a bit of pepper, and some nice deep molasses. The spice and molasses linger on the palate, with a little bit of earth between draws. There is also a nice sharp mineral flavor that joins the blend after an inch or so into the smoke. There is a great blend of spices on the retrohale with a medium to full strength.
Into the second third of the 262 Revere Robusto, the rich spices and deep molasses remain but the pepper has faded out of the smoking profile. The sharp mineral flavor and spice still linger on the palate between draws. The draw is excellent easily providing a full body of rich, cool, smooth, thick smoke. The ash holds firmly, easily to the inch point, and the burn line remains very tight.
During the final third of the 262 Revere Robusto, the flavor becomes much sweeter, although the spices and mineral note still remain in the profile. The construction is wonderful, with a sharp burn line, impeccible draw, and solid ash. The 262 Revere Robusto smokes cool to the nub with some great flavors.
Conclusion: The 262 Revere Robusto had some great flavors and was very enjoyable. The construction was excellent, with a nice draw and the burn requiring no corrections. I loved the flavors, strength, aroma, consistency, and pretty much everything about it. Would I buy the 262 Revere again? Certainly, it is a must try.