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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Cordoba & Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca Robusto Extra
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: gpd4
87
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Cordoba & Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca Robusto Extra.  The Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca is a limited edition production of 1,000 boxes and comes in three sizes - Robusto Extra (5 1/2 x 52), Toro (6 x 54) and Toro Grande (6 x 60).  It comes with a five year old San AndrĂ©s Maduro wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a blend of Nicaraguan Esteli Ligero, Ometepe Viso, and Jalapa Seco fillers.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Jonathan of  Ol' Times Cigars.

Length:
5.5
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Mexico
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Black Coffee

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

Right out of the cellophane, this thing smells like heaven.  It's a hard box press, dry looking, with very few veins worth mentioning.  It has a dark cap that looks like an afterthought.  The cigar did not seem too well packed - it was a bit soft in the hand.
Cold draw was nothing but sweet tobacco.  The band came off easily.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

It cut clean (straight) and the foot toasted evenly.  It lit completely on the first try, but johncw's flame thrower of a lighter might have had something to do with that.
The burn was very straight with little tunneling.  It went out on me around the halfway point and it looked more hollow than I thought it should.
The ash was flaky - dark grey with little white specks all over it.  Odd.  It held for over an inch, even with the gusting winds.
This cigar produced plenty of smoke, but I had to work a bit for it.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The draw on this cigar was wide open - almost Padron-like, but without the perfect amount of filler.  As I said before, it was a bit soft for my liking, but otherwise well built.  What remained of the little dark cap after the cut stayed put throughout the whole smoke, and the wrapper stayed tight and in place as well - unusual in the terribly high humidity around here when I smoked it.
It got softer and softer as it burned.

Flavor: 28 Points of 45 Possible

I'm going to call it medium bodied.  No nic kick, which was nice, since I had it for breakfast.  The first 1/3 wasn't anything special - mostly grassy, with hints of cedar and coffee (perhaps from my drink).  It went out once and was very bitter on the relight, followed by a sweetness - almost honey flavor.  By the end of it, most of the taste was sweet tobacco and cedar, and here about an hour later, I still have a sweet aftertaste in my mouth.

Summary

All in all, I was very happy with the smoke.  The conditions outside were less than perfect (low 60s, high humidity, high wind), but it held strong other than the one relight.  I think I need to grab a few more and let them sit longer.  It's a good start, and I think some age would do them wonders.  Can I give a bonus point for putting the picture of Grandma under the band?



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