“…the Exclusivo U.S.A. Oscuro Especial is the completion of a challenge for Kapacee – namely introducing an dark-Oscuro blend into his lineup.. Overall, Kapacee responded to this challenge brilliantly delivering yet another excellent release.”
Wrapper: San Andres Mexican
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Plasencia SA)
Box-Press Robusto: 4 1/2 x 52
Review: Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Oscuro Especial Robusto
Brand Appearances on Countdown: 2 (2014, 2016)
Coming in at #27 is the Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Oscuro Especial Robusto. This cigar is the third and final installment in London-based Regius Cigars’ Exclusivo U.S.A. series.
The Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. is a line of cigars created by Akhil Kapacee for the U.S. market with the American consumer mind. Two years ago, he introduced his first two offerings in the line : Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. – (known as the “Red Label” ); and the Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Claro Especial (known as the “White Label”). The Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Oscuro Especial (known as the Blue Label) would introduce a regular Oscuro offering into his portfolio – something that Kapacee considered a personal challenge.
The Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Oscuro Especial gives Regius an appearance on the Countdown for the second time in three years. Regius is distributed by Quesada Cigars, but is produced in Nicaragua at the Placencia factory. This is the first Nicaraguan-made cigar to land on this year’s countdown.
For his blend, Kapacee went with a San Andres Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler. The Robusto is a 4 1/2 x 52 box-pressed offering. While it is a small cigar, it has no shortage of flavor. It delivers notes of chocolate, earth, natural maduro sweetness and a touch of black pepper. This is not a powerhouse maduro as this cigar started out mild to medium before progressing to medium in the second half. The flavors are medium-bodied throughout the smoking experience.
The nice thing about the Oscuro Especial Robusto is that it is not a San Andres wrapped cigar where it will overpower the blend. This showcases the other flavors in the blend, and it still has the intangible Cuban-style quality Regius has become known for. Kapacee answered the challenge of delivering an Oscuro blend with flying colors here.
For details of the 2016 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2016 criteria.
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