I came across the Flower of Courage from the Flor y Nata brand by chance. My man Gabe from Cigar Pointe cigar shop in Texas threw these in a sampler for me. He put together one Hell of a package with some heavy hitters, and they were all sticks that I hadn’t tried yet. As a matter of fact, this was intentional because I like trying new things when it comes to smoking cigars. I knew what the majority of them were gonna be, but this Dominican Puro corona was a bonus.
Modern Tobacconist Art, the Dominican based company that created this cigar, entered the US market in 2015 after initially launching in the D.R. in 2013. After revamping the image of the brand, Joan Manuel Rodriguez gave the collection a name, comprised of two lines. The “In the Garden of Good and Evil” Collection includes a maduro line (Temptation) and a natural line (Loyalty). Each vitola has it’s own name as well. Today we’ll be talking about the corona aka The Flower of Courage from the “Loyalty” line.
- The color is medium brown with a buttery leather texture and sheen. There are some tiny veins and some prominent veins around the cigar. There appears to be a triple or possibly quadruple cap, depending on the angle.
- On the wrapper I’m getting peanut butter, slight manure laced soil, oats, hay and fermented baccy
- The cold draw is very musty and woody. That fermented baccy is showing itself here as well.
First Third|Let’s Get Nutty!!!
The pre-light aromas of this cigar almost guarantee that there are some intense flavors hiding inside. I take that first puff and my intuition was right on! I’m bombarded with a very rich combination. It’s sweet, spicy, nutty and peppery with a chalky nuance of cedar, if that makes any sense. Bare with me now, I am just thee Oasis and I’m giving you exactly what i am getting. For example, there is a dominating presence of flavor in the retrohale that I just can’t decipher but I’ll try anyway. It’s like a floral bouquet of roasted mixed nuts sprinkled with red and white pepper. Seriously!!! I’m honestly digging this cigar right now. I’ts a smoke for the adventurer for sure.
Second Third|What is this Nuance?
Getting into the 2nd third, the spice has toned down and the woodsy components are in the foreground. I failed to mention earlier that the the cigar has a medium light draw and is burning perfectly. It’s practically a dime stack minus a flake or two. Besides that, I was picking up peanut butter in the pre-light and mixed nuts in the first third. But now, I’m getting an almond and cashew combination. The smoke itself has a dry powdery texture with an almost perfumey essence, but not in a bad way. I’m sure I’ll learn what this nuance on my palate is later on in my cigar adventures, but for right now, I’m really feeling this Flor Y Nata blend!
Final Third|The Flavor Shift
As I approach the end of the “Flower”, I can say the strength has been a light medium to medium throughout. However, the flavors have shifted a bit, which adds to the complexity of this great corona. Flavors of yeast, burnt caramel and leather have joined the cedar. The remaining hints of white pepper are united with leather, clove and a mildly sweet warm bread through the nose.
I’m telling you guys, I used to cringe at the things reviewers would come up with to describe the flavors in cigars. As a result, I almost cheated myself from taking the time to really appreciate and capture the essence of what I was smoking. But now, especially after delving into the realms of boutique brands created by master magicians, I totally get it! Now, I’m the crazy one.
But you can’t let anyone tell you what you are experiencing in ANY capacity. Whether it be cigar tasting, some type of emotional involvement or how you view life in general. And that’s certainly not why I write these reviews. I’m simply having a conversation with my Brothers & Sisters Of The Leaf about my personal experience with a specific stogie. And hey, if you decide to try something based on my thoughts and fall in love with it, that’s just the beauty of being a part of this dope cigar community!!!
Cheers and Salute