Cigar Aficionado

El Güegüense Corona Gorda
Corona Gorda
92
points
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
46 46
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
Based on Nicaraguan folklore, El Güegüense translates to "the wise man," and is the debut brand from Foundation Cigar Co., a company launched in mid-2015 by cigarmaker Nicholas Melillo. He was perhaps best known in the industry for running production at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Nicaragua, but Melillo has developed a fast and loyal following with this cigar line since he branched out on his own. This Nicaraguan puro has a Corojo '99 wrapper, Corojo '99 binder and fillers composed of Corojo '99 and Criollo '98 from Jalapa and Estelí. Melillo says that the filler leaves were harvested in 2011 and 2012. The combination of different varietals from different regions make this an interesting, tasty mélange of Nicaraguan tobacco. Thankfully, the El Güegüense Corona Gorda is a lot easier to smoke than it is to pronounce.
Body Medium-Full
Size Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge 46
Length 5 5/8"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2017
Price $9.90
Designation Top 25 of 2016 | Rank: 25
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2016 | Score: 91

Solidly rolled with a toothy wrapper, this cigar starts strong and spicy, leaving leathery, meaty impressions that segue into a vanilla-bean sweetness.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jan 19, 2016 | Score: 91

Solidly rolled with a toothy wrapper, this cigar starts strong and spicy, leaving leathery, meaty impressions that segue into a vanilla-bean sweetness.

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
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