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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Cordoba & Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca Robusto Extra
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Eddie (BlackIrish)
79
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 Sparkling water

Pre-Light: 16 Points of 10 Possible

Prelight:  The Clave Cubana looks good.  It's a very box-pressed long robusto, almost a toro.  The San Andres Maduro wrapper is smooth, without veins, and wrapped well, so that the seams are barely visible. The wrapper is a bit dry, like most of the San Andres leaf I've known.  The cigar seems a bit lightweight for its size, and it's not overly firm.  The draw is very easy -- too easy, in my view.  The aromas are earth with a hint of peppery spice.  


Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

After toasting the foot, the Clave Cubana lit easily.  The burn was generally good throughout; there was a little wobble in the beginning, which I find to be common with very box pressed cigars, but nothing a touchup can't take care of.  The ash is medium gray and medium firm.  It grows to about an inch long before dropping.  The cigar burns a bit fast, lasting about 45 minutes even though I try to smoke slowly to keep it cool.

Construction: 23 Points of 30 Possible

The Clave Cubana has a nice wrapper and a well applied cap.  The draw is too easy, though.  On the plus side, this means I got a lot of smoke.  On the minus side, there's a lot of air mixed in, diluting the flavors and occasionally burning hot.  I'd say this particular cigar is underfilled.

Flavor: 27 Points of 45 Possible

From the first puffs I can taste the dark earthiness of San Andres wrapper and the pleasantly peppery Esteli ligero. Unfortunately, the body of the smoke is too light and dilute, never as concentrated and rich as I want.  The finish is woody and dry on the palate.  

The flavors stay quite consistent throughout the smoke.  There's occasionally more wood, some moments when I get more coffee and cocoa.  But overall it's pretty one dimensional, not a lot of development, so I haven't reviewed it in thirds.  As I got down near the band, the flavor got a bit dirty so I put it down.



Summary

There's good tobacco in this cigar, and I can tell from the well applied wrapper and cap that the torcedore took care in rolling it.  My specimen was underfilled, however, and the burn and flavor suffered as a result. It wasn't a bad cigar, it just didn't live up to my expectations.  There's enough promise there that I'd try another.



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