This cigar is a looker and lives up to the America name because both wrappers are American. The dark wrapper is a broadleaf Connecticut while the lighter wrapper is Connecticut and both are grown in the United States. The binder is Brazilian and the filler, all ligero, comes from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Italy and the United States. I smoked the Potomac, a 5×56 cigars that I got a few years ago from Eric from Kioki Cigars as a welcome gift when I signed up for Club Stogie (lowland louie, rest in peace)
The wrapper is beautiful, and instead of making a straight forward barberpole the people at C.A.O. created an unusual pattern with the two different wrappers, it is more like a lighter colored pinstripe on a dark cigar. The cigar has a mild smell of wood. The construction feels good. The bands support the whole America theme of the cigar. The predraw is on the loose side and tastes like spicy raisin.
I taste a bitter and musty coffee flavor with something sweet and that sweetness becomes dominant after a few puffs. After half an inch I taste some wood, some herbs, lots of sweetness and those flavors are mild spicy.
After an inch and a half the flavors are sweet with herbs, burned wood and a hint of chocolate. Halfway the sweetness disappears and now I taste burned and mild spicy herbs. After two thirds I taste a mild salty licorice flavor with burned herbs and wood.
This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and ten minutes. I got a lot of thick white smoked. The light colored as is firm. The burn is crooked. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar reminds me of an old girlfriend. Both looked good but both left a bad taste in my mouth.
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10
I reviewed the Padron 45th anniversary yesterday, today I decided to review the younger sibling, the 46th anniversary by Padron. These cigars are quite exclusive and very pricy, in The Netherlands they have a fixed price of 32 euro. That steep price is due to the margin that the European distributer puts on the price. The Dutch distributer had to cut part of the usual margin so he could offer them for these prices. Time for Padron to sell straight to the Dutch distributer so we can get these smokes for a more reasonable price. The 46th anniversary corona gorda is a bit shorter but way thicker than the 45th anniversary with the 5½x56 size versus a 6×52. The blend was selected after smoking over a thousand test blends.
The wrapper is dark, oily and leathery with hardly any veins. The cigar smells like hay and the construction feels great. My mouth starts to water just from the looks and the smell of this cigar and the knowledge that all anniversary cigars from Padron hit my sweetspot in the past. The predraw of this mild box pressed cigar is great, but I don’t get a lot of flavor from the predraw, just some sweetness.
As soon as I light the cigar I taste a spicy but sweet coffee flavor and a lot of black pepper. The sweetness reminds me a bit of dark chocolate. That sweetness I only taste on the background though. After a quarter of an inch I taste herbs, chocolate and pepper as main flavors with the coffee as a support and a hint of nutmeg. The pepper slowly loses it strength while the chocolate grows in strength. I still taste some herbs and coffee too.
After a third some wood joins the flavor party in my mouth. The flavors are complex and full yet smooth at the same time. All of a sudden I taste some salted peanuts, a flavor that I never tasted in cigars and I like it. Salted peanuts, herbs and dark chocolate. Someone should turn that into candy, seriously. After two thirds the salty flavor disappears, just like the dark chocolate. I still taste a mild peanut flavor with some herbs. Near the end I only taste herbs with a mild sour flavor.
This corona gorda gave me two hours and five minutes pleasure. I got a lot of thick white smoke and a great draw. The burn was great too and the light gray ash is very firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied and it burns clean, I purged it and got no flame going.
Would I buy this cigar again? If I could afford them.
Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 9 / 10
Aroma second part: 9 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10