Henry Clay War Hawk Corona

Henry Clay War Hawk Corona

SCORE
95
points
LENGTH
length
5"
GAUGE
44 44
STRENGTH
Size
Medium-Full

Tasting Note

A light wrapper on a cigar normally indicates a mild or medium-bodied smoking experience. That’s not the case here. Don’t let the outer leaf fool you—the Henry Clay War Hawk Corona has some serious kick. Henry Clays have traditionally been dark cigars wrapped in broadleaf, but for the War Hawk, Altadis decided to cloak this cigar in a lighter shade of Ecuador Connecticut and put the darker broadleaf underneath as a binder, making the War Hawk a sort of Henry Clay turned inside out. The rest of the tobacco is from Honduras, amounting to a blend that pops with notes of citrus, spice and nutmeg. The flavors are bright and lively, with a sneaky strength that tends to surprise you—much like the alcohol in your fourth glass of sangria. War Hawk isn’t the first attempt by Altadis to bring this old brand into the 21st century, but it’s certainly the most memorable. It’s also a bargain. For students of history, Henry Clay was leader of the War Hawk faction while serving as Speaker of the House in the early 1800s. War Hawks were known for their aggressive stance on political issues and often favored war over diplomacy. This might explain the cigar’s unexpected strength, though we wouldn’t necessarily call this blend “hawkish.” Just delicious.

Details

Size: Odd


Filler: Honduras


Binder: U.S.A./Conn. Broadleaf


Wrapper: Ecuador


Country: Honduras


Price: $7.00


Issue: Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2021


Designation: Top 25 of 2020 | Rank: 10


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