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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

San Cristobal Quintessence Corona Gorda
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Ryan (Adwinistrator)
88
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 Water

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 20 Possible

Wrapper was a nice Colorado color.  Veiny, lumpy, and mottled with visible seams.  The cap was nicely constructed.  The pack was firm, but forgiving.  Notes of cedar, cinnamon, and citrus come off the wrapper.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

This cigar was easy to light, and burned perfectly for the entire cigar.  Ash held on fairly well, but would come off easily in one inch chunks, and the ash was a bit flaky.  No issues at all with lighting and burn.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

Draw was the perfect resistance for me, not too tight, not too open.  The wrapper and cap had no construction issues throughout the cigar.  Did not have any issues throughout the smoke, a very nicely constructed cigar.

Flavor: 28 Points of 35 Possible

Pre-light wrapper notes of cedar, cinnamon, and citrus.  Cold draw was mostly hay with some cedar.

1st Third: Cedar and citrus to start with.  A very mild cigar, no pepper.  Some slight floral and cinnamon notes, but a somewhat boring 1st third.

2nd Third: Some development is beginning.  picking up notes of red pepper, cedar and cinnamon continue, citrus is gone.  Some slight apple notes come and go, white pepper begins on the retrohale.  As the 2nd third progresses, floral notes become more dominant, with the body rising to medium.

3rd Third: Medium/full body, mild/medium strength.  Heavy cedar and floral, with white pepper and cinnamon.  Floral notes increase to the end.

Summary

A strange cigar.  I felt like the 2nd third was the most interesting part, where the 1st and 3rd were mainly consistent and progressed slowly.

Overall, a bit too mild for my preference, and the main profile was very consistent, with only small transitory notes coming and going.  Got bored at some points, intrigued by others.  

Definitely tastes Dominican, but might be a blend with some Honduran or Ecuadoran.

If you like mild-medium cigars with citrus and floral notes, this would be a great stick to try!



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