Adrian Magnus Imperials Robusto
As the weather starts to warm I will be back on tracking bringing new reviews for 2024. Kicking things off I am taking a deep dive into the Adrian Magnus Imperials, a brand and cigar completely new to me. Let’s see how it shakes out.
The Good Stuff:
Adrian Magnus is a newer cigar brand that started in 2020 in Spain. The cigar are produced in the Dominican Republic and in my case, shipped direct from Hungry. Adrian Magnus is pretty secretive about their blends and they do not release a lot of information. What we do know is that the cigar contains tobacco that is aged for at least 10 years. That’s about it. The Imperials comes in two sizes: Robusto (5 x 52) and Churchill (6 x 52). Each come packed in boxes of 20 running $17.50 per stick, regardless of size. Big thanks to the Adrian Magnus team for sending a handful of these my way for review. You can find more information on the brand here.
- Size: 5 x 50
- Wrapper: Undisclosed
- Binder: Undisclosed
- Filler: Undisclosed
- Body: Medium/Full
- Strength: Medium
- Price: $17.50
The Adrian Magnus Imperials Robusto starts out with a beautifully smooth, milky brown wrapper. The texture is mostly smooth with some slight tooth around the cap area. The wrapper feels very thick and hard while the cigar is packed well and overall pretty tough. There are a few milder veins running through the cigar’s body as the wrapper is laid expertly over itself leading up to the cigar’s round, double-wrapped cap. The cigar is finished off with a simple Adrian Magnus – Geneva crest in gold, white and maroon with “Imperials” embossed across the front. There is also an added blue and gold band with the “10 Years Aged” age statement.
The wrapper on the Adrian Magnus Imperials gives off almost no scent outside of some light tobacco aromas while the foot of the cigar is lightly scented with notes of tobacco and cedar. The cap cut clean and easily using my Xikar XO double bladed cutter. The cold draw produces mostly a mixture of bready/oaky flavors with some soft spice.
The Adrian Magnus Imperials starts out with a slight splash of black pepper which faded after the first few puffs allowing the cigar to release some great notes of cedar, floral, and black herbal tea notes over some subtle saltiness, sweetness, and spice. It’s a very delicate mixture of flavors which reminds me of a cigar more catered to the European, Cuban-smoking market. Which is a good thing. The draw is perfect as each puff kicks out the requested amount of thick, gray smoke which takes no time to dissipate while the cigar releases only a small amount of smoke while it rest in my ashtray. The burn line is razor thin and dead even leaving behind a trail of very tightly compacted dark gray ash which held on for a little over a half an inch before falling into my ashtray.
The body really starts to ramp up into the second third of the Adrian Magnus Imperials while the flavor profile creams out just a bit. The cedar/woodsy flavor now leads the charge backed by a good amount of pecan. There are lighter notes of spice and herbal tea while the overall profile becomes more dry, as the sweetness has completely dropped out. The retrohale is extremely pleasant as it coats my nasal passage with a rush of cedar and some light spice. The cigar is still burning completely solid and I close out the second third with only a very minor nicotine kick.
The body ramped up quite a bit in the second third and continued on this trend well into the final third. The flavor profile has balanced out even more as well. Right now the woodsy pecan flavors pretty much dominate the profile with only the herbal tea flavor on the aftertaste. It took me an hour and forty minutes to take this cigar down to the nub. I never once had to reach for my torch to relight, or touchup the cigar and I close out with a pretty decent little nicotine kick after the strength really jumped up in that final stretch.
There is no denying this is a great cigar. As an introduction to the Adrian Magnus brand, it starts out with a bang. I am just a little hesitant as I don’t know the make-up of the Imperials. Does that matter? No, probably not. However cigar nerds like myself tend to want the specifics. That aside the cigar performed flawlessly from start to finish. No burn issues at all. The flavor profile was great. I really appreciated the delicate notes as well as the overall components. This cigar is very expensive though which is probably the only big negative here. I do know that rare and aged tobacco becomes very expensive and it’s not the first time we have seen this approach to cigar manufacturing. I’m extremely curious on how the other lines will perform.