Blind Man's Bluff CALDWELL Robusto TEST. I'm currently in my CALDWELL phase. Before breakfast, after breakfast, before lunch, after lunch, before dinner, after dinner, in the middle of the night. Nonsense. Of course, that's an exaggeration 😉 But I'm currently enjoying two or three CALDWELLs almost every day.
Here's the piece on Caldwell's impressive career: The Swiss CALDWELL Story: Drugs, dropping out of school and the urge to master life. He's a bit crazy. I like that. My descriptions here in the test about the Robusto may also seem a bit weird. Am I itching? No.
A cigar test is subjective
Note: How the cigar tastes is influenced by personal taste preferences, taste memories, the shape of the day, what you have eaten or drunk before. Even the lighting mood in the room has an influence on the experienced taste. The notes described here therefore do not have to match your own impressions.
Fact Sheet Blind Man's Bluff CALDWELL Robusto
- Format: Robusto (length: 127 mm / ring size: 50)
- Wrapper: Ecuador
- Wrapper: Honduras
- Filler: Dom. Republic, Honduras
- Price: Status May 2021
- CHF 8.00 / box of 20 CHF 147.20
- EUR 8.80 / box of 20 EUR 176.00
- Buy cigar: Google Search >
Personal impressions of enjoying this Blind Man's Bluff
- Tongue, palate: Fantastic cocoa and nut flavors / really now: cocoa and nut - great COMBINATION!!! / slightly tart / sweetish
- RetronasalPepper, and not in short supply. KAWUMMMM! Now I'm awake!
- R+ ZiZo vacuum technology: Pepper, honey-like ...haha... what a word coinage: "honey-like".
- Umami: juicy / roasty / meaty. I'm now in the mood for grilled peppers with steak. En Gute.
- Strength 3/5
- The strength goes up to 4/5, with even more cocoa and even more nuts. Maybe a touch of soil from the forest. (just not from your own garden, it has to be from the forest).
What is "retronasal"?
Retronasal cigar enjoyment enhances the taste. What it is and, why it works and how to do it please read here. Especially look at the ZiZo vacuum technology. Incredible increase in the enjoyment of the cigar!
What is the "R+ ZiZo vacuum technology"?
This is the consummate pleasure of a cigar. Hard to describe. I'll try. Here's an example: a baby sucking on a pacifier. Try this technique with a cigar. Very little smoke enters the mouth. But this passes over the tongue and goes right through the nose. I tried it on about 10 cigars before I mastered it. Please be very careful with this technique when practicing: the smoke got to the back of my larynx several times when I did this. It was really bad. But now that I can do it, it's an accomplished technique for enjoying a cigar.
What is umami?
This means "savory", "spicy", "essence", "meaty". This blending of taste sensations is perceived in the middle of the tongue. You can find a good article about it on Wikipedia.
Non Cuba cigars and the important acclimatization
Recommendation acclimatization: With cellophane 3 days in the humidor.
The fact is: You don't know when the cigar was imported and how long its resting period was at the importer. You also do not know how long the resting phase was at the dealer. The cigars have a shock after their transport from the tropics to us in Europe. They have to acclimatize first. The industry is sales-oriented. The cigars have to get to the retail market quickly. Therefore, it can happen that they do not taste as they should.
If you buy single copies
Place the cigar with the cellophane in the humidor. If your cigar does not have cellophane: Put them in tubos and then in the humidor. Or you can put the single cigar in a Zippo bag and put a small Boveda in it. Then you put it closed in the humidor. Cigars that are stored open without cellophane or a box lose their flavor very quickly. This is proven in this article with experiments.
Conclusion of this Blind Man's Bluff Robusto
I really love the Caldwell cigars. They meet my taste preferences. Sometimes they taste stronger to me, sometimes weaker. This is due to my mood on the day and is completely normal. From about the second half of this Robusto, I can taste a floral sweetness. This remains omnipresent throughout the day until the end of the cigar.
The balance between lots of nut, cocoa and a little earth - and then mixed with this floral sweetness - is simply the top hit for me.
Go to your store and buy yourself a few of these cigars. You won't regret it. It is completely unproblematic. I simply corrected the skewed burn (if it should ever occur) with the flame.