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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

San Cristobal Quintessence Corona Gorda
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Murphy223
93
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member appollo (Stephen).  This particular round was run as a blind review.  Each member received the exact same stick and none of them knew what it was.  The actual stick that was reviewed was the San Cristobal Quintessence Corona Gorda.

Length:
5.625
Ring Gauge:
46
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Habano
Color:
Colorado
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Corona Grande

This cigar was enjoyed with Coffee

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

The PreLight Draw had the taste of cocoa with a hint of spice.  It was almost like a chocolate bar with a cinnamon spice. Nice even draw, i.e. no resistance. I even did the "sniff" test all around from cap to foot  and couldn't wait to get it lit.  


Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Toasted it and we were off and running.  Good volume of light gray smoke throughout. The burn started out a bit uneven and needed a quick touch up to correct.  It burned true after that with heavy volumes of smoke.  It had a nice light gray ash which lasted for well over an inch at a time before falling off.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This was a beauty.  Nice dark brown, slightly toothy wrapper.  Very well constructed and rolled with a few seams.  It also a fairly light cigar. Not overly "packed" yet solid if that makes any sense.   Draw was perfect

Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible

Aroma: like the PLD hinted of cocoa and spice but once lit, the first third was actually "creamier" with a slight bit of spice.  The 2nd and final third was where things smoothed out and it became much more enjoyable.  Leather, Hay and Cream with the lingering hint of cocoa and spice.   I got a bit of a nicotine hit around the final third so would peg this as a medium strength cigar.


Summary

Thanks to Stephen (Apollo) and JunglePete for letting me participate.  I always enjoy a blind review because I have nothing to reference and can rely on my own tastes and experience.
This was a good medium cigar that was well constructed.   I enjoyed the fact that it was not overly complex with really nice flavors in my wheelhouse. Aside from the initial burn issue, this was a good consistent stick and one that I would smoke again.





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