JR Cuban Alternative

Cohiba Robusto · 4.5 × 50 JRCOR

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The JR Cuban Alternative to the Cohiba Robusto cigar is the closest thing you’re going to find to a true Havana. These value-priced long filler cigars are crafted at the most legendary factories in the world with unused tobaccos from the most famous cigars in the industry. Expert construction, great quality, delicious flavors, and supreme consistency have made the JR Alternatives our best-selling brand for over 35 years. Buy a cellophaned bundle of 20 at JR Cigar today.
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$56.00
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$33.95
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4.5

50

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Various

Various

Various

Dominican Republic
Honduras
Nicaragua

Medium - Full

Medium Brown / EMS

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3.80

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Cohiba Robusto

WAL on 04/17/15

REVIEW J R Cigars J R Cuban Alternative Cohiba Robusto Reviewed By W.A. Lampley, Jr. Twenty years ago, I acquired a box of first quality Cuban Cohiba Robustos, purchased in Madrid, Spain. I have had two legendary cigars in my life. By that I mean two individual cigars. Out of boxes and samplers and travels and gifts, and more than twenty years, a litany of fine cigars...only two truly legendary cigars. The first was a simple little H Upmann out of an ordinary box I purchased in 1992. Out of the twenty very nice, pleasant cigars in the box, this One was a mystical, magical, once in a lifetime cigar which opened romantically like a box of love letters in an old woman's attic, still redolent of the sachet she placed alongside the bundles of envelopes tied with satin ribbons. In the course of smoking the paltry 5-1/2 inch 45 ring gauge, the bouquet of the cigar kept changing from floral to cedar to savory spices to coffee and chocolate, crepe myrtle, vetiver, and vanilla, and told stories of love and triumphs treasured over decades. The second was my first Cohiba Robusto, which assaulted my senses and sensibilities. Compared to the Harlequin romance of that little H Upmann, this Cohiba cigar was Tolstoy, Margaret Mitchell., Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. Sensually, the entire box was on a par with that first Cohiba, but for one thing...it was my first. As fulfilling as every other Cohiba has been, you only get one 'First” of anything. Admittedly, the H Upmann was a white buffalo. Something that rarely occurs, and I was fortunate enough to experience it. But the Cohibas consistently surprised and satisfied me. They were always a great adventure. Over the years, mind you, I've enjoyed legendary experiences which were punctuated by a great cigar to mark the occasion. But for only these two was the cigar itself the legend, the occasion. As I am retired and living on a small pension, fixed income, etc. I was struck by the J R Catalog pitch about smoking J R Alternatives with a bunch of retired fellas. You got me on that one. You spoke to me. So I decided to try one. I figured, if this is any good at all, I have to set my standard as high as possible for my experimental investment to compare just how the salesmanship measured up to the product, so I chose the JRCOR, the J R Cuban Alternative to the Cohiba Roubsto., Twenty years of reflection can either enhance or diminish the memory, but you guys have come really close. Here is a cigar at a price (including shipping) of about 10% the cost of its namesake., and it delivers about 80% of its promise, That's an outstanding deal. Thank you. The ring gauge of your JRCOR was disappointing, because I remember the original as being somewhat fatter, with a very open draw. On the other hand, the construction on these sticks is medium firm, squarish burning, and fairly dependable. Heck, even the originals could draw or burn capriciously on occasion. On balance the size doesn't really matter. I forgive you. Concerning the buzz...you know, whether or not you can keep a meal down after one of these, what diminishes in comparison is in this case a good thing. These are heady enough to keep you seated for a few minutes after finishing, just to savor the afterglow, but mercifully not as brutal as the original Cohiba Robusto, which demanded that you have a meal first, and temper the smoke with at least a beer or a rum and ginger, to soften the blows of stepping into the ring with Sr. Fidel and Avelino Lara. The unlit cigar, slipping out of the wrapper, wafts pleasantly like newly fermented spring mulch recently spread over the garden. Fresh out of the bundle the cut was clean with few to no breaks in the skin and the cap came off whole. Lighting it takes a little patience and rotation to keep it square but, once started, it keeps a decent angle of incidence. The opening taste is peppery and makes the lips tingle slightly, the tongue is bathed in earthy woody tones, ripening toward coffee. (No Cream, No Sugar, and not too Hot!) The ferment on these leaves is evident, musky and reassuring, a hint of adventure, but no threat of assault. The finish is smooth, balanced, and consistent with the opener, slightly peppery - warm but not bitter. All of the tones and memories of the original are there, just not as challenging to endure. Frankly, I think that's probably a good thing in a two dollar cigar. Congratulations. Keep it up! Now if only you can duplicate those little Cherubs! La Rosa Especial Mi Favoritas, That would be something.


4.75

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Jr Alt Cohiba Robusto

bangtherock on 05/18/15

My go to cigar! Great value and great smoke.


4.00

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

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Robust Robusto

talkingman on 05/18/15

This is a great smoke, especially at the price. Well made, firm but even draw, great flavor.


4.25

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Great little cigar

Turbo on 04/25/15

This is one of my favorite cigars. It reminiscent to the Cuban counterpart of its namesake but without the refinement. I know for $2 you can't hit it that close but it does take homage to the original. I give you cudos. I just don't understand why you're larger sizes don't measure up to the robusto. I do enjoy an hour long smoke, and then some.


4.50

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

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Great Budget Cuban Alternative

jrlucas3 on 05/13/15

This is a wonderful budget cigar that (like stated from other reviews) is well worth the price. The draw, taste and quality are very much like its Cuban counter part. Will be trying others from the site as well. Only con here is they are not actually Cubans.


4.00

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Great Smoke

Cody on 04/22/15

Bought this bundle last week and for the price it is simply unbeatable. Great draw, consistent burn, and easy on the pallet. If you are going to have a bunch of guys over and do not want to be set back cash I would give these a try.


5.00

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great cigar

whalinbilly on 05/03/15

I have always smoked these cigars since I had my first order. The taste is awesome the burn is good never had an uneven burn yet. I got addicted to cigars while in the Army as a medic have had fresh cigars from all over. Ty Jr for an affordable and great taste cigars cheers


4.75

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Cohiba Robusto

LuvCigars on 07/10/15

This is a great smoke and a great value. Easy draw and subtle, not too harsh taste. This is my daily smoke.


4.00

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Solid go-to cigar...

SJUHawks on 06/24/15

So, this cigar is not a game changer, but it is a definitely a good go-to cigar. It has always been consistent from my experience. They are on the shorter size, so you can sneak one in a tight window if you don't have hours to devote to a smoke. It's definitely worth giving a shot!


1.00

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Terrible smoke!!

Johnnny on 05/05/15

Worst smoke I ever had in my 20 years of smoking cigars. Pass!!


5.00

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Robin Hood

Du52 on 06/25/15

Seriously - these are a steal, they smoke well taste great and are priced to compete. Make this your everyday smoke for sure.


3.25

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Alt Cohiba

bobj on 05/16/15

Does not burn consistently


3.25

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Wrapping - meh

GM on 06/08/15

Wrapping kind of fell apart on me when using a punch. Using a cutter was better this particular cigar. Otherwise, not a bad alternative to similar higher prices cigars.


5.00

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Alternative Cohiba robusto

Sirwalter on 06/08/15

I buy this cigar for its size, when I don't have a lot of time to sit with a larger size cigar, like all the JR alternatives, you can't beat the value. A very good cigar at a very good price.


4.25

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Value

Tszii on 06/10/15

Great vale cigar. I commonly don't smoke value cigars, I know this might offend some people, but I often I just hold them and use them like any other cigar without lighting them. Usualy just around the house. But I say it's not a waste of a cigar, they taste good and I enjoy them. These JRS don't bleed on my fingers and have good construction. I only buy the JR value brand.


1.50

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trex81846 on 04/30/15

I am a little disappointed in these cigars. Not as much flavor I expected and the burn is very inconsistent.


1.00

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Pass on this bundle.

Johnnny on 06/28/15

This cigar wasn't worth the band placed on it. Lack of flavor was no. 1 reason. Don't waste your time. This bundle was returned.


4.00

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Worth purchasing

tastyvenison on 07/16/15

I was looking for a decent every day smaller cigar that wouldn't hurt the pocketbook and this one did not disappoint. I rated the flavor at mediocre. Nothing really stood out as being stellar, yet is was not too mild or bitter at all. The construction was quite good for an inexpensive cigar and they burned fairly evenly with minimal requirement for relighting. I would buy them again.


5.00

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pretty good

bob on 07/21/15

Took me a few to get use to them, I'm not really a Cohiba fan so it took me awhile to get use to them but after a few i really liked them