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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

San Cristobal Quintessence Corona Gorda
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Nick (nickthafish)
80
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: 16 Points of 20 Possible

Soft leathery wrapper and nice tripe cap, some give when squeezed but not overly spongy. Soft smooth wrapper that looks thin with visible veins and various bumps underneath. Foot smells of cedar, mint and peanuts.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Took a light well from a triple flame from a distance and burn was wavy but never required a touch up or relight and gray ash held on easily for over an inch and a half. Smoke output was low unless I worked for it due to very open draw.

Construction: 21 Points of 30 Possible

Draw was very open and required a little extra pull to get things going. No issues with the wrapper and seams were solid, cap remained perfect with a V cut, no cracks and the triple cap stayed in place for the entire smoke.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

Flavors were light through most of the smoke, started with buttery cedar and some mint. Retro was cinnamon and light mint and no noticeable pepper. Second third brought some peanut skin, hints of cherry and sweet cocoa and the retro remained cinnamon with no pepper. Smooth cigar with no harshness or burn. Final third was cashews, mineral flavors and more mint and the retro was cashews and a menthol feel and flavor. Smoke off the cigar smelled like good rye toast and aftertaste was pleasant burnt toast.

Summary

Nice mystery cigar, impressions have me leaning toward a lighter Cuban, possibly a R&J or HDM. Lighter cigar, but  kept me interested throughout due to flavors and transitions. Issues with the very open draw, but better than too tight or plugged. Would be a great morning smoke with coffee as the nicotine hit was mild to medium. Good cigar that I would smoke again and offer to novice and experienced smokers due to the flavors and smoothness of the smoke including the retro.



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