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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Cordoba & Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca Robusto Extra
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Troy (tvolball)
84
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 Nothing

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

This dark, box pressed cigar had a smooth, seamless wrapper to it. The seams blended in so well that I had to really look hard to see where they were. The cap was also well applied and when I clipped the end off, It came off in a smooth, even cut. The cigar itself was very light and airy feeling in the hand and it seemed to be rolled just right. No hard or soft spots, just evenly constructed with no veins showing at all. The aroma it offered was that of a barnyard smell.

Light & Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible

The burn on this cigar was almost perfect. It was just slightly wavy but never caused any problems or required any corrections throughout the whole smoke. The ash was a darker salt and pepper colored that was somewhat flakey. It only held for about an inch before dropping off. The burn rate on this cigar seemed to be very quick as this turned out to be about a 35 minute smoke for me. Rather quick I thought for this size cigar. It required no re-lights and it lit very smoothly and quickly. It produced a great smoke volume throughout the entire smoke.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

I have to give a perfect score in this category. The draw was perfect to me. When I first saw this cigar, I thought, oh great, another tight box pressed cigar. But this cigar broke all the rules and had a perfect draw. Wide open and gave all I wanted. The San Andres wrapper is one my favorite wrappers. The taste, the color, and the aroma from them are great. This one was also great. Very nice almost dry looking dark wrapper. Perfectly applied as was the cap. It was very difficult to see the seams on the wrapper and the cap. Perfect!

Flavor: 25 Points of 45 Possible

I would rate this cigar at a solid medium in body and flavor. The flavors I got from this cigar where somewhat muted and never really exploded into what I thought they would be. It opened up with a harsh, woodsy flavor. The harshness stayed until about the 1/3 mark but along the way it added in a small amount  of spice. At about the 1/2 mark, it bought on a little more spice, a little bit of what I thought was a raisin flavor and a slight amount of sweetness. Although all these flavors where present, it was very muted and nothing stood out and took the lead. From the halfway mark through the finish, it never really changed except for maybe the sweetness got a little stronger and it added a fair amount of pepper on the final 1/3. My lips and my tongue had a little tingle to them when I finished. The reason I have to give this a lower score here, is because the flavors never really popped. They kind of lingered and intermingled together.

Summary

Overall this was what I would say is a decent smoke. Not a 5 star for me by any means but with age, I believe some of the flavors would come out. I was very impressed with the construction and the draw from a box pressed cigar. Most of my experience's with box pressed have not ended well because of restriction problems. This one was the exception to rule.



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