When I first got the Ponce Robusto (yes, that’s the full name) for review, I was immediately impressed by the aroma of the wrapper leaf and the simple but beautiful label.
The Ponce Robusto was a good-looking cigar. It was short and dark and the veins on the wrapper leaf were well dehydrated and pressed.
Regarding the flavors, on the slightly-tight cold draw, I tasted cedar. Once lit, the aroma of the smoke was wonderful and rich. The first puffs on the Ponce Robusto offered lots of spice, sweetness, and full-bodied strength.
Is the short Ponce Robusto worth $12? Let’s find out.
Brand: Ponce Cigars
Size: 5 1/2 x 55
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: United States Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: United States, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Smoke Time: 63 minutes
The Ponce Robusto really brought the heat. In the first half, the sweetness of the Mexican San Andres wrapper was well-highlighted. In the final third, that sweetness was noticeably absent. Strength is the name of the game with this cigar, brought to you by the dual broadleafs used in this blend.
My cigar had a slightly tight draw, but it wasn’t bad. The burn was also even. And, for a boutique cigar, especially the first production blend, $12 isn’t a terrible price.
Overall, the Ponce Robusto earns a CigarScore 5.