The Tres Reynas Robusto Review
One of perhaps the most eagerly anticipated releases from the IPCPR this year was the collaboration between My Father’s Janny Garcia and Raquel and Patricia Quesada. The collaboration yielded a cigar entitled, Tres Reynas or “Three Queens,” and was produced by the My Father factory with distribution of the cigar being handled by Quesada’s SAG Imports. With La Duena hitting the market at roughly the same time as Tres Reynas, it seems like a natural question to ask is, how similar are the two cigars? La Duena, having been blended by Pete Johnson for Janny, created a cigar that was medium to medium + in strength and had a small hint of spice coupled with a strong sweet wood profile. The Tres Reynas on the other hand, is quite the opposite story.
The Tres Reynas robustos I smoked featured a toothy and oily dark brown Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Upon further inspection, the bodies revealed firm construction, and a clip of the cap revealed a firm draw with just a tad too much resistance. The pre-light aroma of the cigar is sweet hay and barnyard with a hint of raisins or figs. Lighting the cigar immediately revealed a full pepper burst and a strong start to the cigar. There is nothing coy or demure about this blend; it’s ballsy and bold!
As I got further into the first quarter of the cigar, the strength and spice remained present. It has been a while since I have smoked something this strong right off the bat. The pepper pervaded the senses and evenly dispersed itself on the front and back of the palate. Towards the back end of the first quarter however, a sweet note begins to break through. It further pushes itself forward and then begins to reveal a rich sweet note of chocolate and perhaps figs in the midpoint. Personally, the Tres Reynas has the same richness and depth of a Russian Imperial Stout or barrel aged ale. The sweetness isn’t cloying, but rather rich in its natural tobacco sweetness. Once the sweetness becomes dominant though, it’s there to stay. The rest of the Tres Reynas has moments of elevated chocolate and fig notes with a mild pepper flavor continuing on in the background. Towards the end of the last third, the sweetness starts to dissipate slightly leaving only spice and leather notes remaining.
The Tres Reynas is a great cigar on all accounts. Perhaps the biggest knock I could give it, is that it needs a little more complexity. However, given the overall pulse of the releases so far this year, one dimensional flavor bombs seem to be a favorite of manufacturers. Another interesting bit about this cigar is its strength. One might assume, albeit incorrectly, that three women blending a cigar would create a less potent or more mild smoke. In this case, nothing could be further from the truth. From the first puff to the last, the Tres Reynas is a strong and flavorful powerhouse of a cigar. I would definitely recommend not going into this experience on an empty stomach, as you may regret it later on. Essentially, if you are looking for a strong flavorful smoke at a sub-ten dollar price point, then look no further than the Tres Reyans!