Tasting Note: Covered in a deep-brown wrapper, this cigar has a firm draw but still delivers rich café au lait flavors, sweet wood and a bready finish. Medium bodied overall.
- Body: Medium
- Size: Corona
- Ring Gauge: 42
- Length: 5 5/8"
- Filler: Cuba
- Binder: Cuba
- Wrapper: Cuba
- Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Apr 01, 2010
- Price: £12.50
- Box Date: Jan. 2005
More Reviews of This Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider, Sep 20, 2016
First puffs of this dark, well-made corona exhibit cedary, spicy qualities with hints of licorice and floral under- tones. The finish is dry and peppery.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Dec 01, 2015
The tight draw opens up a bit, but remains firm throughout, offering almond notes, underlying bitterness and an ashy aftertaste.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Jun 01, 2015
The dense, lush smoke of this corona leaves notably precise impressions of salted caramel on the palate. There's a touch of cinnamon on the finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Aug 01, 2013
A savory smoke with big, oaky flavors and earthy notes. There is a fruitiness and vanilla notes as well, though the finish is a bit odd.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Jun 25, 2013
A savory smoke with big, oaky flavors and earthy notes. There is a fruitiness and vanilla note as well, though the finish is a bit odd.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Aug 01, 2012
Toasty and tea like, this mild smoke becomes more medium bodied with heady woody flavors as the cigar progresses.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Feb 01, 2012
Slightly firm with a dead even burn, but this corona imparts an elegant balance of toasted almonds and spicy ginger bread flavors.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Apr 01, 2011
This medium-bodied little smoke is salty and earthy with smatterings of tea and floral notes, especially on the aftertaste.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Feb 01, 2009
The wrapper of this cigar seems poorly applied, but the draw and burn are decent. It’s a medium-bodied smoke that reveals some toasty, earthy flavors, and herbal note and a salty finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Dec 01, 2007
This good-looking cigar has a near perfect performance, burning with a black/gray ash. It’s earthy, complex and rich, with some red pepper spices on the palate. A medium- to full-bodied smoke that should improve with some age.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Feb 20, 2007
This well-made cigar burns well, imparting creamy, toasty notes with some leather and earth flavors. The finish is long and chewy, smacking of tea and tobacco.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Dec 01, 2006
This cigar has a good cap, and a fine sheen to the wrapper. It’s a toasty and floral smoke, with notes of coffee bean and a slight cocoa finish. A medium to full-bodied cigar.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2005
The wrapper on this cigar is spotted and rustic, but the flavor is superb. It’s rich, oaky and cedary, with coffee and burnt caramel notes. A medium to full-bodied smoke with a long finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2004
A good-looking corona that’s slightly veiny. It has a firm draw and a superb burn, with a tight ash. It’s medium bodied but not very complex.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Feb 01, 2003
A leathery, spicy smoke with elegance and balance, this superb cigar is tasty and well made. Full bodied, with a long, leathery finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Aug 01, 2002
Bumpy and oily, this cigar has a firm draw. There are coffee and leather notes with some rough, tangy flavors. A medium to full-bodied smoke.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Oct 01, 2001
A very veiny and rumpled cigar with good flavor. The smoke is leathery and woody and a bit dry, with a hint of sweet citrus fruit. Medium bodied.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Jun 01, 2001
A golden-brown cigar that's well made. It has a good draw. The smoke is nutty, toasty and smooth, with notes of herbs and a touch of youth.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Apr 01, 2000
A well-balanced medium-bodied cigar that has solid earthy and leathery flavors. It has a definite woody finish.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Mar 01, 2000
This cigar has a beautiful cap. The cigar is herbal and a bit muted, with some sour, bitter notes. Inconsistent.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Jun 01, 1999
A strong core of cedary, and coffee bean notes on the palate. It also has a good core of sweet spices, with a hint of toast. Medium to full bodied.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Jun 01, 1999
This solid, oily cigar has a firm draw but a perfect burn. It's cedary, woody and herbal, with a hint of cocoa.
Issue: Cigar Insider, Apr 01, 1996
An attractive and oily cigar with an excellent draw. It burns beautifully, leaving a dark gray ash. Sweet spices, including nutmeg and cinnamon, were noted.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Mar 01, 1996
A smooth but full-bodied cigar with a solid core of exotic spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg, and a pleasing cedary finish.
Issue: Cigar Aficionado, Mar 01, 1993
A very enjoyable cigar with a complex blend of nutty and cedar flavors, but the slight flaws in the wrapper and an uneven burn lessen the pleasure.
Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
- Classic: 95-100
- Outstanding: 90-94
- Very good to excellent: 80-89
- Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
- Don't waste your money: 0-69