From La Aurora, the oldest Dominican tabacalera is also the most giving, the Para Japon (For Japan), is a single faced release with the proceeds from each cigar going to the relief efforts from the simultaneous 8.9 earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan in March. Para Japon’s Sumo Robusto is a 5″x50rg parejo presented in twelve count cabinet boxes, with a proprietary Nicaraguan capa (looks like a Nicaraguan Colorado), proprietary Dominican binder, proprietary Cameroon, Dominican, and Nicaraguan fillers.

The finely toothed Nicaraguan capa smells of ginger, hickory, orange zests, and white chocolate; and tastes of butter, cashews, cinnamon, cocoa, fennel, nutmeg, saffron, and white peppercorns. The draw is tight and effortless.

The toasted foot has hints of alum, butter cream, caramel, cashews, ginger, hazelnuts, mocha, and thyme.

From the lit draw come hints of asparagus, chili peppers, currants, curry, dried fennel, mesquite, nutmeg, persimmons, saffron, tarragon, and white chocolate; the cloud white smoke smells of cashews, cocoa, toasted challah, and zucchinis.

The rigid salt and pepper ash rings in one to three millimeter bands; three fourths of an inch in, a mere ten minutes in and there’s a subtle shift in the hints yielding sensations of bell peppers, 85% cacao, hickory, mesquite, ouzo, sugar cane, and tarragon.

A sharp cone of ligero is present at the four inch mark, twenty minutes in, and the body hints shift yet again with sensations of black peppercorns, custard, fresh fennel, jalapeños, Madeira, molasses, sea salt, sugar beets, tangelos, and white chocolate.

At the three inch mark, I’ve determined the body to range from medium to full, and the strength to be a surprising mild to medium. The Sumo Robusto is vastly dynamic blend of rich and robust tobaccos; another winner release by Guillermo Leon, president of La Aurora.