CAMACHO COROJO TORO

Last night, I finally got to try a Camacho cigar at a Camacho tasting event here in town.  I’ve been wanting to try some of their cigars for a while, but just haven’t taken the opportunity.  Like pretty much every other Honduran cigar I’ve had, I really enjoyed it.  The Camacho Corojo is made of all Corojo leaf tobacco grown in the Jamastran region of Honduras.  This cigar sized at 6×50 had lots of earthy, spicy flavor, but was also extra smooth.  This one was so good I didn’t want to put it down!  Overall I rate it at an A-.

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LA GLORIA CUBANA SERIES R NO. 4

This was a pretty good cigar, with a not so complex palette of flavors.  It was really smooth but mostly not rememberable.  I found it to be an average cigar that really pales in comparison to the inferior lines made by the same label.  However, the draw and burn were great and the flavor that was present was good.  It was made of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler and an Ecuadorian wrapper and was sized at 4 7/8×52.  Overall, I’ll rate this one at an even B.

TRINIDAD 100th ANNIVERSARY PETITE ROBUSTO NATURAL

This was a short and fat cigar (4.5×54) made with a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper, Connecticut broadleaf binder and Nicaraguan, Dominican and Peruvian filler.  I tried this one the other night, and I will say that I was only moderately impressed.  The initial flavor was nice, with cedar and earth, but the finish was kind of harsh and tangy.  The draw was a little on the tight side.  Overall, I’ll rate it at a C+.

CORONADO BY LA FLOR DOUBLE CORONA

I picked this one up a couple weeks ago because it was on a half price table and it was one I’d been wanting to try.  The Coronado is made by La Flor Dominicana with a Nicaraguan wrapper and Dominican filler.  This was a larger cigar than I normally smoke, sized a 7×50, but the great flavors and aromas made for an enjoyable long lasting smoke.  At first, the cigar had flavors of vanilla, toasted nut, and coffee bean, and towards the end some added pepper gave for an interesting, complex cigar.  I really enjoyed this one, especially at half price for $4, and I am glad that I have one more in my humidor.  Over all, I rate the Coronado by La Flor at a well deserved A-.

CAROLINA CIGAR COMPANY ROBUSTO

I’m not sure what to say about this one.  I picked it up at a self-titled shop in downtown Asheville, NC over the weekend, which sold only it’s own brand of cigars.  The guy at the shop told me it was all Dominican, but when I went to the web site, they seemed to think the cigar was made of tobacco solely grown in North Carolina.  So it seems they are confused on where their own cigars come from.  Regardless, it was a decent smoke.  When I lit it, it was very tart, even sour, but it graduated into some rather smooth leathery and wood flavors.  The draw was pretty good, but it burnt uneven and I had to re-light it twice and the third time it went out, I set it down premature.  For the price of $7, it was good, but not worth it.  Overall, I’ll give it a B-.

LA GLORIA CUBANA HERMOSO NATURAL

So the last several cigars I’ve smoke that were in the $8-$9 range have disappointed.  The last several cigars that I’ve smoked in the $5 or less range, however, have been very impressive.  This cigar was no exception.  It was made of an Ecuadoran wrapper and the filler and binder were from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic.  Priced at $3.70 and sized at 4.5×48, this was a great smoke with lots of complex flavor, a beautiful draw and even burn.  The aroma from the cigar alone made me salivate.  The cigar had lots of cedary and leathery tones including some spice.  I can’t wait to pick up several more of this one.  

SAN CRISTOBAL FABULOSO

Today I tried the brand new Ashton-made San Cristobal.  This is Ashton’s all Nicaraguan cigar that was just released this month.  The Fabuloso is a torpedo sized at 6.125×52.  The presentation on this cigar is very nice with a dark oily Nicaraguan wrapper.  The flavors exhibit earthy, spicy tones but seemed to be a bit one dimensional.  The draw was nice and the burn was even.  Overall I rate the San Cristobal at a B-.

LA GLORIA CUBANA RESERVA FIGURADOS FELICIAS

Wow.  This little Figurado had lots of complex flavor and aroma.  Nicely sized for a quick smoke at 4.65×49, you’ll wish it lasted longer.  I smoked this one down to the nub and was sad to put it down.  At the beginning, the cigar gave a distinctive orange peel flavor mixed with very smooth spice and nut.  As the cigar progressed, the flavor became leathery and cedary.  There was also a wonderful leather aroma noted.  The draw was great, not too tight as many Figurado’s are for me, and the burn was pretty even.  The cigar never warmed up, which was a surprise based on how fast I sucked it down!  Overall, I’ll rate this one at an even A.

LA AROMA DE CUBA ROBUSTO

This was a nice sized Robusto at 54×5 that had an attractive wrapper.  The draw was perfect and the burn was mostly even.  Made in Honduras with Honduran wrapper and binder and Nicaraguan and Honduran filler, this cigar had lots a nice flavors of earth and cedar and had a decent amount of spice, though not too spicy at all.  Very smooth cigar.  This is the cheapest Ashton-made cigar I’ve seen and well worth the $4.55 I paid for it.  I will look to stock my box with this one.  Overall I’ll give it an A-.

GURKHA G3 TORO

Last night I tried the Gurkha G3 Toro.  Honestly, I was really wanting to try the Grand Age, but the only one the shop had in that variety was really big and I didn’t feel like taking the time to smoke it.  It was already late.  The G3 has a very dark Nicaraguan wrapper, a camaroon binder and Nicaraguan filler.  The cigar was quite smooth, had a bit of a tight draw that didn’t produce enough smoke and had a perfectly even burn.  Honestly, I expected this super dark wrapper to give out a bit more flavor.  It wasn’t flavorless, but it didn’t have enough flavor to make it very distinctive at all.  It was a fairly large cigar (6×50) that seemed to smoke a little fast, but did stay very cool the entire way through.  All in all, it was a very well made cigar, that didn’t impress me with it’s flavors or body.  In consideration of my rating coming primarily from preference and the expectation of a dark wrapper to give more of a medium to full bodied smoke, I’ll rate the G3 at an even C and say it wasn’t worth the $9 price tag.

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