Stallone Alazán Corojo Robusto. Up until a few months ago, Stallone Cigars was a company we never heard of. But then they hired Todd Vance as Vice President of Sales. And we got some samples of which we reviewed the Castano San Andres Robusto two months ago. Today we review the Alazan Corojo. Both are named after stallions, the big inspiration behind the brand. Owner Tony Barrios is a prize-winning rodeo cowboy.
The cigars come from Las Villas Cigars, previously known as Tabacalera La Perla. It is a small factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Stallone Alazán Corojo Robusto is a 5×54 box-pressed Robusto. It is made with a Brazilian Corojo wrapper. The binder comes from Ecuador with Nicaraguan filler.
The wrapper of this box-pressed cigar is beautiful. A nice reddish glow on the smooth and oily wrapper. There is a clean triple cap. The tiny veins are minor and do not take anything away from the aesthetics of the cigar. The ring is pretty. Gray with a stallion and metallic outlines and name. The secondary band has the same colors with the line name in red. The construction feels good. The aroma of the cigar fits with the theme, horses.
The cold draw is fantastic. It gives a herbal flavor. Once lit there is leather and coffee. It then changes to coffee with dark spices. The mouthfeel is a bit dry. The flavor then changes to cedar with spices and herbs. At the end of the first third, there is some pepper and sweetness as well. The second third starts with pepper, dark spices, leather, and soil. It slowly evolves to wood, grass, pepper, spices, and leather. Pepper is growing, black pepper. The mouthfeel stays dry, with a bit of a rough edge. But not unpleasant rough. Wood is getting stronger. The final third has way more pepper and an unusual mushroom flavor. The finale has wood, herbs, pepper, and mushroom.
The draw is great. The ash is light in color, dense, and firm. The burn is good. The smoke is thick, plenty in volume, and white as can be. There is a good balance. This cigar is medium to full in strength, medium in flavor. With Brazilian tobacco, there was an expectation of more sweetness. And with Corojo, there was an expectation of nuts. But those flavors weren’t really there. The smoke time is two hours and a half.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like it.