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Cigar Review | Bolívar Coronas Extra (1998)

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a vintage Cuban cigar. The Bolívar Coronas Extra in the Franciscos size is a 5.6×44 cigar that was discontinued in 2012. The cigar I will be smoking for this review is from 1998. This cigar is, of course, blended with all Cuban tobacco. It has a gorgeous appearance with the slightest box press from all the years in its box.

Bolívar Coronas Extra

The wrapper offers an earthy aroma, while the foot gives off the same with an addition of a tobacco aroma. The cold draw is snug with orange peel and cedar flavor. Once lit, the cigar opens up with the perfect resistance. On the draw, I pick up creamy wood alongside a light cinnamon flavor. Through the nose, the smoke is smooth with more creamy and buttery wood on top of a slight earth. The finish offers a hint of black pepper spice paired with a coffee and almond mix.

After twenty-five minutes, the first third closes out. The smoke is smooth and delectable. On the draw, I find cedar alongside a noticeable orange peel note and a hint of caramel. Through the nose, I pick up buttery earth with hay and leather. The finish offers creamy wheat flavor on top of a mild black pepper spice and toast. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Bolívar Coronas Extra

Forty-five minutes in, the second third ends. I find toast and leather with more of the distinct orange peel flavor on the draw. The retro-hale treats me to roasted coffee on top of very buttery hay. The finish changes to a mix of clove, salty almond, and wheat. Strength and body both continue to be in the medium range.

Bolívar Coronas Extra

The final third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. I smoke the cigar down until it burns my fingers. On the draw, I find some graham cracker flavor paired with black pepper and toast. Through the nose, a floral earth makes an appearance and compliments coffee and hay. The finish is long with creamy wheat, notes of citrus, and some leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.

Bolívar Coronas Extra

This Bolívar Coronas Extra is a fine example of how great Cuban cigars really can be. Not all cigars age well, but this old blend does so in wonderful fashion. Construction is absolutely perfect, and the age on this thing refines the mix of complex flavors it offers. The smoke is smooth and creamy with just enough strength and body to not get lost on the palate. It’s a shame Cuba would discontinue such a long standing, delicious blend. If you can find these, make sure you snatch them up. I recommend these as a must-have.

Cigar Review | FullNine La Muñequita

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a brand new cigar from a brand new company. The FullNine La Muñequita in the Corona size is a 5.5×46 cigar coming out of the Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic and is the first cigar made by FullNine Cigars. It features a gorgeous Cubra wrapper from Brazil on top of an H-192 Dominican-Habano hybrid binder and fillers from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Peru. It looks to be expertly rolled.

FullNine La Muñequita

The wrapper gives off a slight barnyard and sweet tobacco aroma, while there is raisin and earth coming out of the foot. The cold draw produces a bomb of dry raisin flavor. Once lit, I find black pepper and cinnamon on the draw alongside some leather. Through the nose, there is smooth earth with more leather. The finish gives me sweet coffee and black pepper spice.

After thirty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find a lot of toast with some sweet earth and cinnamon. Through the nose, there are a variety of floral notes with hay and black pepper spice. The finish gives me a nice mix of plum and raisin flavor complimented by leather and coffee. Strength and body both settle at the medium mark.

FullNine La Muñequita

The second third gets me to one hour. There is more toast and sweet earth on the draw with the addition of some creamy wheat flavor. On the retro-hale, I pick up more floral notes mixed with grassy leather and almond. The finish is long with black licorice paired with more plum and raisin as well as a very perfume-like floral note. The strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

FullNine La Muñequita

An hour and a half in, the final third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up spicy cedar with the return of cinnamon from the first third and a leather note. Through the nose, I find very nutty wood alongside black pepper spice and a very distinct flavor of Corn Flakes. The finish is delightful with a combination of toast, vanilla, and hints of dried fruit. Strength and body do not change, finishing at a steady medium-to-full.

FullNine La Muñequita

La Muñequita is hands down one of the best cigars I’ve smoked this year. It’s refreshing to see a new company enter the market so boldly with such a fine product. This stick has a ton of complexity, and the flavors just work. The best way I can describe this cigar is being a clash between the traditional flavors of Cuban and Dominican tobacco. At $9 a pop, the price isn’t too shabby, either, especially considering how long this thing burns for its size. This is definitely a box-worthy blend, and I highly recommend it. Look for this one to be competing for my top ten list of the year.

I would like to give a big thank you to Bill Daly, owner of FullNine Cigars, for submitting this for review. I greatly appreciate it! Be sure to follow iROBUSTO for my future review of the FullNine La Muñequita in the Toro size. It features a different binder than the Corona size, and I can’t wait to try it out and see how it compares.

FullNine La Muñequita

As this is a brand new company, these cigars are currently only available at the following retailers as of October 31, 2015. The blend comes in Corona, Toro, Short Robusto, and Double Corona in boxes of twenty.
-Smokey Joes Cigar Lounge (Fife, WA)
-Stogies Cigar Lounge (Fife, WA)
-Union Cigar Society (Seattle, WA)
-Rain City Cigars (Seattle, WA)
-Westland Distillery (Seattle, WA)
-The Lit Lounge (Snoqualmie, WA)
-Everett Cigar & Tobacco (Everett, WA)
-Tinder Box (Tacoma, WA)

As always, smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Drew Estate Undercrown Shade

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a brand new cigar recently on display at IPCPR 2015. The Drew Estate Undercrown Shade is a perfectly rolled cigar featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper concealing a Sumatran binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. For this review, I will be smoking the Gran Toro which comes in at 6×52.

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade

The wrapper gives off a barnyard and wood aroma, while the foot produces a tobacco and earthy smell. On the cold draw, I’m presented with a light earth and tobacco flavor. Once torched up, there is spicy wood with a big creamy element on the draw. The finish gives me a wheat and cinnamon, while earthy wood and grass are dominant on the retro-hale.

After thirty-five minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up a lot of creamy cedar and vanilla with some black pepper in the background. The retro-hale offers a contrasting white pepper with a delicious wheat and caramel mix. On the finish, I find fruity earth with some spicy cinnamon and an almond note. Strength and body both settle in at the medium mark.

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade

Fifty-five minutes in, I finish the second third. The draw presents me with more of that creamy cedar with the introduction of a vegetal earth and nutty spice. Through the nose, I find mild leather with more wheat and caramel. The finish gives me some hay mixed with a very woody grass and a bomb of sweet oatmeal. Strength and body have not changed.

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade

The final third comes to a close at one hour and twenty minutes. On the draw, the creaminess fades away and transforms to a spicy wood and grass alongside sweet wheat and toast. The retro-hale treats me to a fantastic blend of honey, coffee, and hazelnut. The finish is lasting with subtle black pepper spice and more of that delicious oatmeal flavor on top of a caramel note. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade

The Undercrown Shade is a delicious, complex stick with tons of balanced flavor and absolutely perfect construction. This thing produced huge plumes of smoke with a razor sharp burn and nice, tight ash. Don’t let the Connecticut shade wrapper fool you – this cigar is a flavor bomb! I can hands-down say the Undercrown Shade is one of the best Connecticut-wrapped cigars I’ve ever smoked and easily falls in the box-worthy category. Mark down another win in the Drew Estate book.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | 262 Allegiance

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the 262 Allegiance in the Lancero size. This 7×38 stick features a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper covering a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. This is a new size for the Allegiance blend, and it fits in with the owner’s push for the Lancero.

262 Allegiance

The wrapper gives off a potent wood and barnyard aroma, and there is a chocolaty earth aroma coming out of the foot. The cold draw gives me a grassy tobacco flavor. Once lit, there is some hay, graham cracker, and cedar on the draw. Through the nose, there is black pepper spice and leather. The finish gives me a leathery pepper zing.

262 Allegiance

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to an end. On the draw, I pick up spicy wood with a mix of wheat and leather on top of a grassy note. The retro-hale gives me graham cracker with sweet vanilla and some black pepper. On the finish, I find some smoky leather with dry cocoa and a very floral dried fruit note. Strength settles in at the mild-to-medium mark, while the body is a steady medium.

The second third ends at one hour and ten minutes. This third has had a tough time staying lit. There is an oat and wheat combo on the draw with mild cedar and earth. Through the nose, I pick up spicy coffee with a floral perfume note. On the finish, there is black pepper and salty wood. Body and strength are now both at the medium mark.

262 Allegiance

After two hours, the final third comes to a close. The burn slows down quite a bit in this last third. The draw treats me to a caramel note with some wood and fruity spice. Through the nose, there is bold leather with more of that floral perfume note and some spice. On the finish, I find nutty pepper alongside earthy wood and some leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.

262 Allegiance

Overall, I enjoyed the unique flavor of the Allegiance that I attribute to the Mata Fina wrapper. Aside from some burn issues in the second third, it performed well with good complexity and balance. I love the promotion of Lanceros from 262 as it seems the trend these days is to keep pushing for jawbreakers. This blend would go great with a cup of coffee, and I recommend giving it a try.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)