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Review of Berger and Argenti Entubar V32 Cigars

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Berger & Argenti V32 Cigars

Berger & Argenti Entubar V32 Cigars

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Berger and Argenti Entubar V32 cigars are another brand extension of the company's Entubar line of cigars, originally introduced in 2009. In 2010, Berger and Argenti's Entubar Quad Maduro made its debut, and was a definite improvement over the original, which has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The Entubar V32 was introduced in 2011, and as you will soon discover, is even better (and more expensive) than the Quad Maduro.

Entubar V32 cigars are Nicaraguan puros, made entirely with tobaccos from Nicaragua, and feature a Cuban-seed Jalapa Valley Maduro wrapper. The cigars are made using the entubado method, where each filler leaf is rolled into itself to form individual scrolls of tobacco, as opposed to the more typical bunching of filler leaves. The entubado method is a more time consuming and tedious way of rolling a cigar, but results in open chambers of air flow from the foot to the head of each cigar. Individual scrolls can also be positioned within the cigars to maximize the flavor nuances and produce a more consistent blend. The cigar is made with a full-bodied ligero leaf of filler tobacco, which is rolled independently and placed in the center of the other entubado-rolled filler blend. The roll (or channel) of ligero tobacco runs through the full length of the cigar, and protrudes 3/8" beyond the trimmed foot, creating a unique fuse-like appearance. The cigar looks like a stick of dynamite, and even has a yellow foot band that serves as a warning label.

Berger and Argenti Entubar V32 cigars are available in four sizes. The following two sizes were sampled for this review. The Killa Korona measures 4 7/8" in length with a ring gauge of 50, while the Rogue Rothschild measures 5 7/8 x 54.

Flavor

Entubar V32 cigars are full bodied and somewhat potent, but not to the nth degree. The predominant flavors are a rich and earthy sweet cocoa, with just a hint of spice. The Killa Korona tasted a little more like chocolate than cocoa, being a bit sweeter and more enjoyable than the Rogue Rothschild. Sometimes, the taste of certain cigars can vary in different sizes, and I definitely preferred the taste of the Entubar V32 in the smaller Robusto size. In fact, during the first 30 minutes, the taste of that cigar approached a five-star rating, falling to 4½ during the remainder. On the other hand, the Rogue Rothschild was more within the 4 to 4½ range. Both cigars were smooth and very enjoyable.

Draw and Construction

Both Entubar V32 cigars were well-made, had great draws, and held a long ash. It took a few seconds longer to light the larger Rogue Rothschild, and to get it burning evenly. Only one touch-up light was needed for the Killa Korona Robusto, while the Rothschild needed three or four. Neither cigar went out, so no relights were required. It took me a full hour to smoke the Killa Korona down to 1½ inches remaining (pretty good for a cigar that size), and 90 minutes to smoke the Rogue Rothschild down to two inches. The wrapper on the Robusto began to unravel after 45-50 minutes, but after smoking it for that long, this was not a major negative. No issues with the Rogue Rothschild.

Value

Berger and Argenti Entubar V32 cigars are "gourmet" sticks for connoisseurs and aficionados, only. They are limited in production, and are hand-made with scarce tobaccos using the entubado rolling method. As such, expect to pay a premium price for these premium smokes. The MSRP for a single Killa Korona is $10.99, while the Rogue Rothschild is a dollar more at $11.99. I recommend the smaller size, and definitely suggest trying a few singles before springing for a whole box. If you are a newer cigar smoker, buy a few now while they are available, but let them age in your humidor until your palate develops, and after your tolerance for more potent sticks increases.
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