Here we go again. As you know, I fell in love with the
Carlito GOF 2006. I was asked how it compared with the Don Carlos. So
I decided to buy a couple of the Robustos and see.
Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 5.2" x 50
Shape: Robusto Perejo
Wrapper: Ecuadorian-grown wrapper
The presentation of this cigar was as nice, just as the Carlito. The
same artistic band wrapped around a beautiful smooth wrapper of mocha
color. The cap was perfect and looking at the foot there was a
difference. The oils that were present in the Carlito were not there.
Still, a very nice looking stick.
As I really enjoyed the Carlito, I was looking forward to smoking Don
Carlos, and so the adventure began. I used my Zino double guillotine
cutter as usual with perejo and got a nice clean cut. The pre light
draw was earthy. I toasted and light with a St. Dupont Xtend torch and
I was off and running. My first puff had a very earthy flavor with a
hint of floral traces. It seemed a little harsher than I expected. The
burn was uneven at first. I waited to see if it would correct itself,
but it needed a little help. It held a nice ash that stayed threw most
of the first third.
The second part of the smoke took on a slightly woody flavor. It
seemed to be a med-full cigar. I was a little disappointed in the
strength but the flavor was building. I tasted hints of coffee and
leather. As I found my way nearing the nub, I realized that it was
only about 45-50 minutes. The flavor was back to earthy with leather
All and all, I might have enjoyed it more if I had smoked it before I
smoked the Carlito, but, it was kind of a let down to me. Don't get me
wrong, it was a very nice smoke. Just not as good as the Carlito. To
be fair, I will put a couple away and see if they just need more time
in the humidor.
For now, I recommend the Carlito above the Don Carlos, but if you like
Ecuadorian wrappers, you will love the Don Carlos GOF 2006.