Cigar Aficionado

San Cristobal Quintessence Corona Gorda
Corona Gorda
46 46
Tasting Note
Bold and leathery with spicy notes of black pepper. The strong smoke takes on a gingersnap sweetness fortified by rich underpinnings of chocolate.
Body Medium-Full
Size Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge 46
Length 5 5/8"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Ecuador
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Dec 01, 2018
Price $8.25
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Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2019 | Score: 92

San Cristobal Quintessence is one of five versions of the San Cristobal brand, a line of cigars made in Nicaragua by the Garcia family for Ashton Distributors Inc. What makes this different from the rest is the wrapper—a high-priming leaf of Ecuadoran Habano. It's lighter than the oscuro wrappers found on the core line. The rest of the tobaccos were grown on the Garcia's farms in Nicaragua. The Corona Gorda is the newest size in the line, and it has an impressive combination of balance and character. It's a leathery and spicy cigar but well layered with sweet notes of chocolate. The construction is remarkably good, and while the trend for cigars seems to be going thicker, Ashton took the corona gorda in the opposite direction.

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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