Cigar Aficionado

Brick House Robusto
Robusto
92
points
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
54 54
Medium
Medium
Tasting Note
The J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has been in business since 1895. It still makes a few cigars in Tampa, Florida, using time-weathered machines, but most of its cigars are rolled in the Dominican Republic by the Fuente Family. In 2009, the company began working with the little-known Fabrica de Tabacos San Rafael S.A. in EstelĂ­, Nicaragua to make bargain-priced smokes, which the Newmans thought would be well-received in these difficult economic times. The cigars are fabulous, with none finer than the Brick House Robusto, which takes its name from an earlier brand that was named for the brick house in Hungary in which the company founder was raised. It's hard to beat the bang-for-the-buck factor of the cigar, a $5 Nicaraguan puro with copious amounts of flavor. It smacks of sweet wood and tea with a toasty aftertaste.
Body Medium
Size Robusto
Ring Gauge 54
Length 5"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2011
Price $4.95
Designation Top 25 of 2010 | Rank: 17
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 22, 2016 | Score: 88

A predominantly nutty, woody robusto, with some tanginess and acidity on the finish. Though the draw is firm, the burn remains consistently even.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2012 | Score: 89

This robusto has a peppery, cedary palate, leaving a tart, sour apple flavors aftertaste.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2010 | Score: 90

The draw of this cigar is nearly effortless. Tea and sweet wood notes come together very nicely here, leaving a toasty aftertaste.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale