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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

San Cristobal Quintessence Corona Gorda
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (ninfiction)
91
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 Ice Water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Oily milk chocolate wrapper. The cigar is firm but not hard. Looks like an expertly applied triple cap. The cigar has a few small veins but nothing that looks like it will causes issues.

The aroma is sweet hay/cedar. Smells fantastic and inviting.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

The cigars burn line is razor sharp the entire length. No wavering whatsoever. The ash is solid holding on in over 1 inch lengths Th ash is nice white.

The draw of the cigar provides ample amount of smoke in the mouth. Great burn rate, never getting too hot or going out.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

First the only reason for any deduction - minor veins in the wrapper. Noticeable but didn't affect the burn or performance at all.

Otherwise the cigar is perfectly constructed. Nice solid feel, excellent draw that provided ample smoke, prefect burn line the entire length. Zero cracks, relights, or anything else.

Honestly a near perfect smoking performance. Total smoke time was about 1:40

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

First Half - First few puffs are bitter but once it gets going there are good amounts of chocolate with a little bite on the tongue. Somewhere between a spice and a pepper. An inch or so in the bitterness/bite is nearly gone. The flavor is a smooth milk chocolate with a hint of wood or hay. Just a slight but of pepper on the tongue.

At about the midpoint there is one moment where the aftertaste very much resembles an smokey ice cream bar. I know, now I'm one of those guys...

The 2nd half transitions a bit with the chocolate taking a back seat and some spice/pepper moving in. The cigar has really smoothed out. The initial bitterness long gone leaving a good mix of spice, wood and hints of chocolate.

I found the profile very pleasing and never dull or overly complex.

Summary

Thank you to Stephen - Apollo for including me in the critique.

This critique was done blind. I had no idea what I was smoking but I have a guess now based on the experience and look of the cigar.

Very enjoyable, I look forward to finding out what it is so I can get a hold of more.



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