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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Table 36 Integrity Corona Gorda
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Mautrak
87
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Table 36 Integrity Corona Gorda.  Integrity highlights the diverse soils from three of Nicaragua’s most noted regions, proudly displaying a Jalapa wrapper atop a double binder of Esteli and Jalapa which in turn secures ligero from both Condega and Jalapa all fashioned into a stylish soft box press.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Tim Morgan of Table 36 Cigars.

Length:
5.5
Ring Gauge:
46
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Corona Grande

This cigar was enjoyed with Gin & Tonic

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

A chocalately medium to light brown, slightly mottled appearance.  Smooth visible veins.  A slight box press most noticeable at the end of the foot. The appearance was of dry leather. It cut cleanly.

Light & Burn: 9 Points of 15 Possible

Cut with a v-cutter.  Lit easy.  Big clouds of smoke while smoking, but not a lot at rest.  About an inch in to the cigar and the burn line is wavy, but not in need of correction.  A bit further into the burn and correction was needed as it was very uneven.  The ash was quite flaky from the outset.  It would only hold on about 1/2" and fall, and it was flaky throughout. More correction was required at the halfway mark as the burn was very uneven.  It did require a relight just past the halfway mark.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

The construction appeared solid.  Firm from end to end.  No soft spots.  No splits. The cap was well applied.  Removal of the band did not reveal any hidden defects.  The draw was just about perfect.  It was hard to deduct any points in this category as there were no flaws.

Flavor: 31 Points of 45 Possible

Pre-light aroma was light chocolate, and almost a whiff of freshly cooked flour tortillas.  First few puffs while lighting are mild, but then it quickly establishes itself with leather, wood, and perhaps a hint of nuts.  It's a very dry flavor.  No chocolate flavor that I had smelled pre-light.  An inch in and it's primarily leather.  The retrohale at this point is pepper.  At the midway point the retrohale has more cedar.

Summary

I'm glad I did this critique.  I've never had a Table 36 cigar and don't imagine I'd buy one off the shelf.  At least, I wouldn't have before now.  I was pleasantly surprised by it.  It's not box-worthy as the flavor profile isn't in the narrow band that I've preferred as of late.  But I'd be happy to enjoy another, and I'd buy one or a fiver without a doubt.  And after enjoying this cigar and looking at their website, I'm intrigued by the Peacemaker.  I may have to hunt that one down.



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