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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Espinosa Alpha Dawg Corona Gorda
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Don Miller (DonM)
91
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member 05Venturer (Kent).  The cigar provided for this round is the Espinosa Alpha Dawg Corona Gorda.

Those who have attended an Espinosa event already know all about the Alpha Dawg. For those who don’t, let me give you a brief backstory. This uh… interestingly named cigar used to be an event only cigar for Espinosa’s biggest fans. Word and demand quickly spread though, and people wanted to get their hands on this awesome handmade. Well, luckily, Espionsa is letting the Dawgs out, and has pushed Alpha Dawg into regular production for all to enjoy.

Offered in lovingly dressed boxes of ten, Espinosa Alpha Dawg uses a Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper over Nicaragun binder and long-filler in order to create a cigar that will satisfy even the biggest appetite. The wrapper itself is special, bringing tons of rich dark chocolate, espresso, earthiness, and a big of dark fruity flavors with each puff. It’s complex and chewy, as dense peppery spice works its way in and out of the profile. Alpha Dawg is a medium to full-bodied treat, and after trying one you’ll be howling for more. Alright, that’s enough dog jokes for one day.


Length:
5.5
Ring Gauge:
46
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Habano
Color:
Rosado
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Corona Extra

This cigar was enjoyed with Michelob Ultra

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

This cigar has a slightly oily feel to the wrapper.  There were a few small/medium veins through the wrapper, but minimal and evenly rolled.  It has a near perfect cap prior to cutting, and cut clean with a double guillotine cutter.  This cigar was firm from the cap to the foot without any soft spots.  As far as aroma…it smelled of tobacco

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Initially, the burn starts out straight with a light gray ash.  It is giving off plenty of smoke and the draw is near perfect.  The burn rate seems to be consistent with a well rolled cigar, not a fast burner and even.  The burn on this cigar stayed razor straight all of the way through.  The ash was firm and didn’t drop until almost 2 inches

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This cigar had what appeared to be a triple cap, very well done.  The wrapper was meticulously rolled and seamless.  The pre draw was near perfect, with a slight resistance.  The presentation of this cigar was well done with an ornate red, white and silver band and a red ribbon on the foot.  The wrapper did have a slight portion that had lifted, but was concealed under the red ribbon.  It did not interfere with the cigar at all

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

With the initial lighting, the flavors were some pepper with spice, leathery and bold and in the medium full strength category.  It is enjoyable and not over-bearing.  I picked up some earthy slight earthy flavors and going into the 2/3, the strength maintained medium full with some bold flavors.  In the 2/3, the flavors were very strong, with spice and pepper and mixing with what may be some ligero? tobacco’s, giving it a unique flavor.  Into the 3/3, I was expecting more of the 2/3 flavor profile and instead, became a more creamy mixed version of the latter making it more uneventful rather than complex.  Still,  enjoyable.

Summary

I was only 1/3 in on this cigar to come to the conclusion that this is a really nice cigar!  It really hit on all cylinders and the flavors were great all of the way through.  A big thanks to Kent for sponsoring this one, greatly appreciated



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