G. L. Pease Robusto

The chocolate brown wrapper leaf would make an overly bold statement if blended with a heavy hand, but if just the right amount is used, it provides an alluring spice, a suggestion of the richness of a great cigar, and a creamy texture to the smoke. A little Cyprian Latakia rounds out the flavors, and smooths the edges just enough. Ripe, red Virginia leaf provides a modest sweetness while giving a backbone to the body. A variety of Oriental tobaccos fill in the gaps. Robusto is complex, full flavored and spicy, yet very gentle on the tongue. It's perfect with the afternoon coffee, as a delicious finish to a wonderful meal, or as a stout companion throughout the day.
Notes: From GL Pease: For years, I've been intrigued by the idea of cigar leaf blends, but with one notable exception, nothing has really hit the mark for me, and the one that did, the celebrated Sobranie Virginia #10, has long been out of production. In mid-2000, I began flirting with different ideas, experimenting with different leaf, concocting prototypes, and quickly tiring of them, until, finally, I was shown samples of some exquisite maduro wrapper leaf that stimulated a new interest in finding my perfect cigar leaf blend. After months worth of experimental recipes, I zeroed in on the blend I'd been searching for, and Robusto was finally born. Robusto was introduced in November, 2002.


Brand G. L. Pease
Series Original Mixtures
Blended By Gregory Pease
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Cigar Leaf Based
Contents Cigar Leaf, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging 2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Medium to Full
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.12 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 26, 2003 Medium None Detected Medium Very Strong
Seeing a recent review of this GL Pease offering, I thought I would stick my oar in the water and muddy things up a bit. I have just tried a couple of bowls of this, so what I have to say here is not based on a full tin or more, as most of my reviews are. I must concur with RCUSElder that the room note was very strong.

If you are looking for a cigar taste, don't come here. That was what I was expecting, and I was disappointed. Which is kind of dumb in retrospect, as I have hundreds of well-aged cigars to chose from. And why should a pipe tobacco taste like a cigar, anyway? Pipe and tobacco smoking are really different experiences.

The one part of the experience that was cigar-like was the room note. Now personally, I just love the smell of fresh cigar smoke. I know I am kind of an anomaly there, it brings back fond memories of rodeos as a kid. However, most people, even ones tolerant of pipe smoke, HATE cigar smoke. In fact, one of the things that got me into pipe smoking in the first place was that it did not make me a pariah in semi-public places like a good fat maduro Mantequilla did.

My point? Robusto has all the social stigma of a cigar without that satisfying fermented buttery/bitter taste that is the cigar's unique reward.

My guess is that if I had tried Robusto w/o the expectations I brought to the experience, I would have found this a tasty, though not outstanding, quality tobacco from the esteemed GL Pease. I may try it again someday, now that I know what not to expect.
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