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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Smoke n' Guns Corojo Corona
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (ninfiction)
82
Cigar Geeks Rating

The Hype: The Smoke N’ Guns Corojo is a collaboration between Oscar Valladares (who also rolls the Leaf & Bean line) and the founder of Smoke N’ Guns, Inc of Pittsburgh, PA, a unique shop that sells cigars, coffee and has a fully licensed gun sales counter in the back of the shop.

With a wrapper from Honduras, its filler has leaves from both Honduras and Nicaragua and binder from Nicaragua, with a peppery start and a wonderfully smooth finish. Its easy draw makes it a great smoke with no labor at all. This medium bodied cigar is the perfect afternoon smoke break. One of the hidden gems.


Length:
4.5
Ring Gauge:
44
Country Manufactured:
Honduras
Filler:
Honduras
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Honduras
Color:
Colorado
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Corona

This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 10 Points of 10 Possible

Nice looking cigar. The feel is firm and with a V cut the draw is near perfect. Th wrapper is silky smooth cocoa, with just one vein running the length, didn't affect the burn or performance.

The cold draw is mostly cedar with just a slight hint of spice or pepper, it's really light on the tip of the tongue.

Overall a very nice looking cigar. The band is a little large for the size of the cigar but it's fine. I dig the logo which looks like Winston Churchill's profile and a gun right below.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Right away upon lighting up, massive amounts of smoke for a little cigar. Solid salt & pepper colored ash, which holds about 3/4 inch lengths.

The burn got a little wavy mid cigar but nothing that required a touch-up. Into the second half the burn straightened out on it's own.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Cap looks like a triple with the main cap just barely covering the head. I used a V cut, the cap, even as small as it was stayed put.

The draw is near perfect, allowing for large amounts of smoke to flow into the mouth.

Aside from just a little waviness to the burn at the halfway point the cigar performed flawlessly. The construction is spectacular, great burn, great draw, solid feel, firm not hard.

Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

1st Half: Pepper and ash on the tongue. I can taste the cedar in the back ground but the ash taste is full frontal...ok after a reset of the palette, the ash taste has mellowed into a woody cedar, shortbread, spice mix. Retro-hale is smooth and pleasant.

2nd Half: The ash taste still shows up occasionally, but it's much more muted than the first half. Shortbread, hints of pepper/spice, touch of cedar. The cigar is good when the ash taste leaves.

The second half was much more enjoyable then the first. Ash taste was mostly non existent, replaced by a nice spice/pepper on the tongue.

Summary

Overall this cigar wasn't in my wheelhouse. I couldn't get past the ash taste which was like I licked an ashtray with the majority of the puffs. When that wasn't present the other notes were delightful. The construction and burn were near perfect, making the smoking experience easy.

Thanks to Chuck for including me. I look forward to trying the other two.



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