Some of the world’s greatest cigars that we enjoy are produced by families that have a long history in tobacco, tracing their lineage to Cuba. Aficionados who are well-versed in the history of Cuban cigars know the Robaina family name. A legacy that started in 1845, the Robaina family has produced some of the world’s finest tobaccos that have been used in some the most renowned cigars ever made. The Robaina family was one of only a handful of families that were able to maintain family ownership of their farms after Cuba became a communist country. The Robaina family can easily be considered a prominent cornerstone in Cuban tobacco history and their influence in the Cuban cigar industry is legendary.
The HR is a collaborative effort between Hirochi Robaina (whose initials are on the cigar) and Omar Gonzalez Aleman, the founder of Cubanacan cigars. Both men are long time family friends and decided to work together on this project to pay homage to the Robaina family legacy. With that said, the HR contains no Cuban tobacco and the blend is produced and comprised of mostly Nicaraguan tobacco.
Hirochi Robaina Breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuador (Maduro) from Habano 2000 seed.
- Binder: Nicaraguan – Jalapa Valley region
- Filler: Nicaraguan – Jalapa & Estelí regions.
- Factory: Cubanacan Cigars Factory S.A. (Estelí, Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular Production Release
- Vitola: Hermoso (5 1/8″ x 48)
- Price: $19
The wrapper smells of sweet herbal notes and hints of chocolate. The foot is closed, so there was very little differentiation here from the body of the cigar. You will notice a slight oily sheen over a medium brown wrapper and the color is even, with no dark spots. The cigar feels firm and great in the hand. Veins are plentiful but smooth.
Cold draw: Earth and mild chocolate
As things get rolling, this masterpiece starts with sweet, natural tobacco. The next few puffs have introduced mild herbal/floral spice, and are complimented with earth and mineral notes. As we progress, a slight bite of woody notes develops on the back of my throat and tongue. The mouth-feel has some weight to it and it leaves a medium-to-long finish. When the cigar starts to settle in, the flavor profile has transitioned a bit to include creamy citrus notes. Later on, I began to pick up nuances of sweet coffee, which really brought together all the other flavors and made the profile very unique and inviting. The HR screams Cuban tradition! This third showcases medium strength, with medium-full body in flavor.
Retro notes: Mostly mineral notes highlighted with oak and smooth peppery notes.
All the delicious notes from the first third have walked themselves into this third, with more emphasis on sweeter, natural tobacco flavors. You will find that in this third, wood has intensified into oak and becomes the spicier element in the profile. The creamy notes step forward a bit more. However, you will still pick up mild citrus on the finish as the smoke leaves the mouth. The mineral notes become chalkier, which lends to a longer finish on the palate. The strength now enters the medium-plus – full body range, and maintains its full flavors.
Retro notes: Still mineral but more lead. Smoky oak with creamy vegetal finish.
The last third brings about the biggest transitions. The earth notes come back bigger and bolder. The mild coffee notes have reemerged with a hint of bitterness. Oak has backed down significantly and the flavor focus brings about hints of leather and cardamom. Mineral and sweet tobacco notes still linger around in the background.
Retro notes: White spice and citrus.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
I would definitely smoke the HR again and again (as long as my budget allows).
- Excellent construction. Ash fell in mostly thirds
- Traditional flavors, with a New Age twist
- Well-aged tobaccos
- Price is a little high (though many smokers are reporting prices coming down recently)