Angelenos Experience by Jim Holly
   
I am a cigar nut (yes nut... step up from aficionado), daily cigar smoker for 15 years now... and true fan of the cigars that come from the fields at Chateau de la Fuente.

God of Fire by Carlito and aged Fuente Fuente OpusX consistently rank in my top 10 cigars at any given time.

A friend of mine recently took a trip to California on business, and brought me back a cigar that I had been longing to try for some time... the Angelenos... and he somehow found one!

I laid her to rest in one of my humidors for a couple of weeks... and finally gave her a shot this evening (paired with an Amaretto and ginger ale).

I was completely blown away!

Generally speaking, I tend to enjoy fuller-bodied smokes... but I can also appreciate medium body cigars as long as they maintain a unique full flavor profile....and the Angelenos did just that!  It was so full in smooth creamy flavors!

I just want to drop a quick line to say thanks for another wonderful experience!

Jim Holly
Peoria, Arizona
 
  
 
 

 
 
   
   
Angelenos Robusto Gordo JM (now released as Angelenos Robusto Gordo 54)

by Patrick Ashby, StogieGuys.com

Between the excessive taxes and freedom-stifling smoking bans, California may be the least friendly cigar state in the country. Prometheus—a Los Angeles-based purveyor the Fuente-made God of Fire smokes, as well as cutters, lighters, and humidors—pays homage to those in the City of Angels who still manage to enjoy cigars despite the efforts of politicians.

Their tribute is a cigar called Angelenos, a blend comprised of an Ecuadorian wrapper with Dominican binder and filler tobaccos. It is made at Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia under the direction of Carlito Fuente. Six sizes are available that range in price from $8.95 to $10.95: Robusto (5.25 x 50), Toro (6 x 50), Lonsdale (6.25 x 44), Gran Toro (6.5 x 54), Double Robusto (5.75 x 52), and Robusto Gordo JM (5.5 x 54). For the latter, the “JM” in the name—and the signature on the second band—is for actor Joe Mantegna, a well-documented cigar enthusiast. At the request of Mantegna, a portion of Angelenos proceeds benefits the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.

The Robusto Gordo JM is a golden-colored smoke with an oily exterior leaf that’s smooth and almost vein-free. It smells of honey, hay, and sawdust. After toasting the foot and establishing an even light with my Magma T (what else?), a flavor of brown sugar, cream, grass, and cinnamon spice emerges. The smoke is thick and textured with a soft, rounded finish. Dried fruits and leather are also apparent, and the aroma is fragrant and nutty.

Some would call the Angelenos Robusto Gordo JM decidedly mild, but I’m more inclined to call it somewhere between the mild and medium-bodied ranges. This is especially true in the second half of the cigar where the taste intensifies and the spice becomes more pronounced on the finish.

Regardless of how you’d classify the body, there’s no denying that this cigar has outstanding construction. The white ash builds wonderfully and solidly off the foot and the burn line stays true.

I’ve always been impressed with the cigars in the God of Fire portfolio, particularly the Carlito 2006 Double Robusto. Their biggest drawback is their price, which can exceed $20 per cigar. While the Angelenos Robusto Gordo JM may not be as complex as its predecessors, it’s still a fine, supremely creamy smoke and a smart buy at $9.95 apiece. It earns four stogies out of five.
 
 

 
 
 

Angelenos Robusto Gordo JM (now released as Angelenos Robusto Gordo 54)

by Brooks Whittington, Halfwheel.com

Cigar Reviewed: Angelenos Limited Edition 2009 Robusto Gordo JM
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 5 1/2 Inches
Ring Gauge: 54
Vitola: Box-Pressed Robusto Gordo
Release Date: October 2011

The Angelenos Robusto Gordo JM looks to be well-made with a golden brown wrapper that is smooth to the touch and no prominent veins. There is an obvious, albeit not sharp, box-press. It feels heavy when held in the hand and the cigar is firm when squeezed. The aroma off of the Ecuadorian wrapper is strong cedar and sweet nutmeg along with a bit of leather.

The Angelenos starts out the first third with equal parts sweet and spicy with distinct maple, cedar, earth and spice on the lips. There is a nice amount of white pepper on the retrohale that is quite strong to start, but quickly starts to fade to a more manageable level. Despite the tight pack, the draw has the perfect amount of resistance, but the burn is a bit wavy through the first third. The finish is excellent, and leaves a nice sweetness in your mouth. Overall strength is almost non-existent through the first third, finishing no higher then a medium minus.

Coming into the second third of the Angelenos and the profile is becoming noticeably creamer, but still with that same maple sweetness, along with wood earth and some leather. There is a very nice generic citrus note that comes and goes, but does seem to be getting stronger near the end of the second third. The draw remains stellar, but the burn also remains wavy, and the strength continues to be a non-factor ending the second third at well under the medium mark.

The final third of the Robusto Gordo JM continues the trend of creaminess from the second third, but adds a nice nutty note that combines wonderfully with the other flavors of slightly tangy citrus, earth, sweet cedar and leather. The construction stays the course: perfect draw and just short of perfect burn. The overall strength ends almost where it began, at a medium minus, which was not overly surprising to me, and it is a very easy cigar to nub.

Final notes:

The wrapper is a thing of beauty, golden brown, smooth and silky.

As I am sure you have figured out by now, the “JM” in the name of the vitola is in reference to Joe Mantegna, and the secondary band has his signature on it.

The finish is excellent, sweet and more sweet. Just wonderful.

Interestingly, the Angelenos Robusto Gordo JM is the only vitola in the line that is (slightly) box pressed, and shares the largest ring gauge of the line with the Gran Toro.

You may recall my review of the Angelenos Lonsdale way back in 2009, where I gave it a 79. I was shocked at how much more I liked this cigar then that one, as they tasted almost nothing alike, and I asked Keith Park about the difference. Says Keith: “The blend of the first release (Lonsdale, Gran Toro and Toro) was tweaked a little bit to create the Robusto and Double robusto. The Robusto Gordo JM uses the same blend as the Robusto and Double robusto.”

There is no word if my original review caused the blend change.

The cigar is very tightly packed, so much so that I thought there would be a problem with the draw before smoking it. Thankfully, that turned out to not be the case.

Joe Mantegna has been in quite a few films and T.V. shows since he started acting, but is probably most well known for his part in The Godfather: Part III and more recently, in the T.V. show Criminal Minds. However, what I did not know is that he also voices the character “Fat Tony” on “The Simpsons” and has since the show began.

Other than the slightly wavy burn, the construction is wonderful for all of the samples. Interestingly, the ash is extremely flaky, but actually hangs on for quite a while before falling.

On every sample I smoked, the band tore off a piece of the wrapper when I took it off, sometimes causing the wrapper to fall apart before I was done, other times not. Just be aware that the wrapper can be quite fragile, and that the bands are probably glued to the cigar.

Like all of the cigars that Prometheus releases, I love the fact that each of the boxes are not only numbered, but also have a box date. I really wish all manufactures would start doing this.

Eagle eyed readers might notice that the box numbers in the photo above is 200 instead of 400. The reason for this is two-fold: first, not all of the Angelenos Robusto Gordo JM were released at the same time, and second, some of the cigars were released in the limited edition jars instead of boxes.

All of the samples of the Angelenos Robusto Gordo JM smoked for this review were sent to us by site sponsor Prometheus.

The final smoking time for all of the samples averaged about one hour and 40 minutes.

 

 
 
Angelenos Toro

by Joe Treff
 
 
 
The Angelenos was released in 2009 and is a product of Keith K. Park, of Prometheus. He made his mark on the cigar world with the renowned God of Fire line, and released the Sencillo, which I've also reviewed in this blog, in spring 2010. The Angelenos is the mild cigar out of this trio, with an Ecuadorian wrapper encasing Dominican binders and fillers. This Ecuadorian tobacco is more reminiscent of Connecticut Broadleaf done correctly, however, and carries a very light sheen which seems even lighter than it is, in contrast with the jet-black wrapper. The Angelenos is produced at Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, and it's a good bet that if you like other Fuente stuff, you'll like this as well, though I personally enjoy this more than any Fuente I've had, OpusX aside. The Angelenos gets its name from the many aficionados in Los Angeles, and is a tribute to all those, like many Angelenos, who have continued to enjoy our hobby despite the hardships, which foolish tobacco taxes and smoking bans have placed on us.
 
Excellent burn, great flavor as well.
 
So, without further ado, and because it was getting dark out quickly, I lit up the Angelenos Toro (50 x 6) while sitting by myself, enjoying the beautiful, if somewhat humid evening. This cigar lights very easily, and immediately brings on flavors of very mild leather and cream alongside sweet caramel. There is also a very clean finish, with just a hint of coffee to it. I must immediately admit that I am not a huge fan of mild cigars, with very possibly just two or three exceptions to date, but I find the amount of flavor in this to be enjoyable. The problem for me, is that many mild cigars sacrifice flavor to lessen the strength. Many mild cigars tend to burn a little bitter to me, but as the first third of the Angelenos Toro winds down, there is not a hint of bitterness or harshness to be found.
 
A windless day, but this is still impressive.
 
The middle third features a sugarcane core, with just the slightest notes of black pepper through the nose. Like the first third, this is incredibly smooth and creamy. Throughout the whole of the Angelenos, there is a very buttery flavor, but more than that, a texture as well. This cigar is incredibly smooth, and I think that quality would make it accessible to a newer smoker, as well as very enjoyable to anyone with a seasoned palate for cigars. There is also, toward the end of the third, a slight hint of tea on the finish. The draw is perfect, offering plenty of smoke, and the cigar burns very cool and sweet. The length of the ash also attests to how well this stogie is rolled, and the burn line stays very consistent throughout.
 
As we burn down the home stretch, I detect a little bit of cedar, leather, and tea with plenty of tobacco flavor. While you'll always be tasting tobacco when you smoke a cigar, this runs the flavor much in the same way Davidoff does, in that it features a very rich tobacco offering. If you exhale nasally, you'll taste something akin to hot caramel as well! All the way down to the end, this cigar stays sweet and smooth, and I am disappointed to see it end.
 
My last picture, because my camera doesn't behave well in low light.
 
Final Judgment: Usually I find myself saying that enjoyable mild cigars are good "for a mild cigar." The Angelenos enjoys the rare distinction of not needing that asterisk next to it, as it stands on its own as a good cigar in and of itself. Perfect with a cup of coffee, perfect to start the day off with or just to relax on a hot day, the Angelenos is a very solid addition to Keith K. Park's portfolio.
 
Strength
Mild
Base Flavors
Leather, Cream, Caramel, Cedar, Black Pepper, Sugar
Wrapper
Ecuadorian
Tobacco Origins
Ecuador, Dominican Republic
Pairing Recommendations
Coffee
Recommended
Yes, very accessible and enjoyable.




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