I smoked my second robusto candela today. Honestly, it was a totally different cigar than the first one I tried. The draw was easy, the construction flawless. The ring came off with no damage to the wrapper and i was able to burn was even. The taste was decidedly candela and the ash was just over 1 3/4 inches before falling off on its own. However, once the ash fell the cigar became somewhat bitter and did not burn evenly. I do not think the cigar is worth the price and still believe the AF 858 candela is a much better bargain pricewise.
The problem with the 858 is the ring--it will definitely damage the wrapper if removed--and I have smoked hundreds of these cigars. In addition not all of the 858's give an even burn.
I believe the reviewer of this blog has recently smoke a larger La Flor candela and scored it an 83. I believe that is about right, however, I take exception to his comments about other candela's. None of them, and I have smoked all of them, is as good as the AF 858--taste wise and dollar wise. Again just my opinion.