Robaina and Fox Cigar – The Eagle + Giveaway
Hello rain, hello readers! This week I bring to you the Robaina and Fox collaboration “The Eagle” paired with a bottle of Goose Islands 2015 Bourbon County Brand Stout. Keep in mind there’s also a giveaway at the bottom of this review, enter, and good luck!
The Good Stuff:
Earlier this year Fox Cigar Bar announced a surprise collaboration with Robaina, one of the most respected names in the cigar industry. The two have collaborated on the release of two different blends, the Eagle and the Alejo. Today we are focusing on the Eagle. You can read more about the cigar on Fox Cigar’s website:
Allow us to introduce you to one of the FOX x ROBAINA cigars: The Eagle. It’s created with an Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper and utilizes the same binder and fillers as Hirochi’s signature HR cigar. However the blend has received a small tweak when preparing to release this unique size, in collaboration with Fox. This exclusive cigar is limited in quantities due to the type of tobacco used. Add these to your humidor before they are all gone!
As stated above the Robaina Eagle uses a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper along with an undisclosed binder and filler. The cigar comes in a single 5 5/8 x 52 perfecto format. The cigars come packaged in incredible display boxes of 10 and run $11.99 a stick. These are only available at Fox Cigar, and they do still have some in stock now with free shipping, no minimum.
- Size: 5 5/8 x 58
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000
- Binder: Undisclosed
- Filler: Undisclosed
- Body: Medium/Full
- Strength: Medium
- Price: $11.99
- Pairing: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2015 (Imperial Stout 14.3% ABV)
The Robaina Eagle stars out with a beautiful consistent, dark chocolatey brown wrapper. The wrapper itself feels very dense and hard while the texture sports some soft tooth and a ton of oils coating the cigar. The wrapper also features some heavy tobacco webbing as well as some minor veins running their course through the cigar’s tapered body. The foot tapers almost to a point before opening while the cap carries a sharpers texture which is double-wrapped and knobbed off at the end. The Eagle is polished off with The standard gold and maroon Robaina family crest along with an awesome matching secondary band sporting Fox Cigar Bar’s iconic Fox logo in yellow.
The wrapper on the Eagle gives off lots of sweet molasses and tobacco aromas while the foot of the cigar carries lots of cedar, spice, and oat. The cap cut clean and easily using my Xikar XO double bladed cutter. The cold draw features lots of hickory, musk, and natural tobacco flavors.
The Robaina Eagle starts out with a nice little black pepper punch which quickly fades allowing the cigar to release heavy notes of sweet hickory, musk and molasses over subtle notes of pine, floral, and natural tobacco. The draw is perfect as each little puff kicks out a huge amount of thick white smoke which hangs around for a while before dissipating while the cigar itself releases only a small amount of stationary smoke while it rests in my ashtray. The burn line is razor thin and dead even leaving behind a very tightly compacted trail of medium to light gray ash which held on over an inch before falling into my lap.
Into the second third of the Robaina Eagle and the flavors just keep on coming. The sweet molasses leads the charge backed by bold hickory, musk, brown sugar and creamed coffee over light floral and natural tobacco flavors. The cold draw really helps lure out the spice adding yet another complexity to the flavor profile. The burn line is still dead even and razor thin while I close out the second third with only a minor nicotine kick.
P.S. I ashed in my lap again.
Into the second third of the Robaina Eagle and not much has changed since the second, and thats a good thing. The cigar still leads with loads of molasses, hickory and musk backed by creamed coffee, caramel, and natural tobacco. It took me two hours to smoke this cigar down to the nub and I loved every second of it. I experienced absolutely no harshness, nor extended heat while I closed out the cigar with only a very minor nicotine kick.
The Robaina HR has always been a cigar that I have handy for those special occasions. Its rare to Robaina partner with anyone so you can imagine my excitement went I found out it was out good friends over at Fox Cigar Bar. This cigar is incredible. The flavor profile was very similar to that of the HR with a bit more body and sweetness. I appreciated both the flavor profile as well as the complexity. And let’s not forget just how badass these boxes are. This is something I think that every cigar smoker would enjoy. The profile will keep the seasoned smokers entertained while the lower strength model won’t knock a novice on their ass. Get them while you still can.
Because of the heavy sweetness and wood flavors in the Eagle I decided to pair this cigar with an old-faithful Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout from 2015. Coming in at 14.3% ABV this imperial stout leads with sticky caramel and vanilla with notes of malt, brown sugar, chocolate, and bites of bourbon with a very heavy mouthfeel before finishing with more chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. The sweetness and sweet flavors made a wonderful mashup with the Eagle while the cigar’s full body didn’t let the beer overpower it.
It’s been a while since we have done a giveaway and as we near the end of the year expect quite a few more popping up. Thanks to Fox Cigar Bar we are pleased to giveaway a five pack of these Robaina Eagles! And we’ll even make it simple. Simple sign-up for our newsletter on the right column or below and you’re automatically entered! Just make sure you are over 21. One random subscriber will be selected and contacted Monday, December 2nd. That means if you are already subscribed, you are already entered!