Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with interesting descriptions, especially when you’ve been distracted. I’ve had a rough month and it has taken more of my energy than I cared to give it. Stress tends to sap my creativity. So I’ve been meaning to tell you about this cigar for several weeks, which was a lovely breath of calm in a chaotic world, and not quite getting there.
The Corojo was intended to be as close to Cuban as an American import can get. And they do a not-bad job. I was immediately soothed by its smooth matte Connecticut wrapper, seamless and almost veinless. It was presented with a classy Perdomo label that was unassuming but gently stylish.
Cigars International tells us that the Corojo was blended from habano-seed long leaf tobacco fillers from all of Nicaragua’s major growing regions:
. . . rich, full-flavored leaves from Esteli, pleasantly aromatic tobaccos from Condega, and sweet, creamy leaves from Jalapa.
There’s also two related variations: the Broadleaf Maduro and the Connecticut.
I was suprised; that terroire is unique to Cuban tobacco, it’s the thing that makes it so prized and distinctive, and it’s what no other soil, no matter how recently a seed was taken from Cuba, has ever been able to imitate. This was pretty close. Really close.
As I continued to enjoy the smoke, I detected distinctive earthy tones: mud, nut, patchouli, and moss maybe. There were some spicy elements near the end. It smoked delicious and cold, producing bilious smoke. It has a strong body and a powerful nicotine jolt. I found little variation between thirds, but it was complex enough that I consider this to be an advantage and not a detriment.
It went out twice; once at 10:30, once at 11 o’clock. I was extremely reluctant to let it go out and I relit it both times. It finally went out for good twenty minutes after eleven, so that’s almost two hours worth of smoking time, even when I had to clip out a fair bit of the cigar because it had been burnt.
This stick is really sophisticated; by no means a beginner’s cigar. But it’s perfect for the seasoned smoker. I imagine it would accompany an Island scotch really well, with its mossy element I think it’s a fantastic smoke and I highly recommend it to anyone who considers themselves a serious cigar smoker. And Cigar Aficionado apparently agrees with me, having given it a 90 rating.
My rating is:
That’s a lady’s perspective!