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I bought a box of Gilberto Oliva Reserva Coronas (not the Reserva Blanc/Connecticut) and am quite pleased with them. I've smoked about half the box and so far, so good. Construction is perfect w/ even burn , medium bodied w/ little strength. Not very complex but for the price I consider them to be a very good everyday smoke, especially when on sale. Would not hesitate to buy another box and am eager to try the Reserva Blanc/Connecticut.
Received this as a part of the Birthday Bomb from Johncw - thank you John!!
Rested 128 days @ 65%. Pretty sure this had some age on it when I received it.
Appearance: 15/15 - This a big cigar! A 6x54 cannon, very smooth wrapper though. Colorado/Colorado Maduro with a distinct Rosado tint to it. It is packed solid, with a tight triple cap and the simple Illusione band. The wrapper is really nice looking.
Smoking Characteristics: 23/25 - surprisingly for an Illusione, I had somewhat of a wonky burn in the first 1/3. It needed 2 relights but by the time I got past the halfway point the burn was on cruise control. Draw was great, plenty of smoke output. No issues there. Ash was a little bit flaky but stayed on for well over 1"
Taste: 22/25 - It started with what I would describe as a sour/malty taste, maybe like fresh hot sourdough bread? No real earth or coffee or cocoa to speak of. Honestly, the best way to describe it would be "twang". If I was smoking this blind, I would have sworn it came from that little island 90 miles south of Florida. The reason I think this cigar had some age to it is because there was really no spice at all, it came on a little bit in the final 1/3 but barely. Medium body, medium strength until the final 1/3 when everything ramped up and now I get the classic Nicaraguan earthy cocoa. Would've like a little more oomph in the beginning but it was nice. Smoked it until about 1" left, never got hot or bitter.
Overall: 32/35 - Beautiful looking cigar, although a bit bigger than what I usually smoke. This was a 1:45 smoke time. I'm glad I got to finally try this cigar off my wish list, thanks to Johncw for the birthday gift. It was a tasty experience. I will now try to get my hands on a fresh one and see if I can get a bit more of that Nicaraguan spice.
Prelight aroma was very strong bitter hay. Wrapper was a nice caramel color with a little lumpy vein, but nothing too extreme. The cap was very neatly rolled, and cut clean as well. Cold draw was ample, but not loose.
There was a lot of cedar right off the bat but it was accompanied by a nice creamy almost caramel note. There was a nice toasty nuttiness on the retro. The toast flavor started to carry over to a normal draw and things got even creamier while the caramel turned into more of a buttery flavor. Towards the end of the first third, a little leather and tobacco showed up in the background. Otherwise, things remained unchanged.
During the 2nd third, the cedar lingered in the background while a buttery toast flavor dominated. Burn was razor sharp, but right around halfway point, hit a soft spot that made it want to try to go out. Had to draw more than usual, which made things turn a little bitter and spicy with the flavor. This didn't last too long and the burn returned to its former glory. Creamy cedar with a toasted nut and hint of leathery tobacco was basically this cigar's forte, and that's where it stayed til the end. This was a really nice, tasty, mild stick. I plan on getting more and imagine they would be absolutely amazing as a morning smoke with a nice cup-o-joe.
Appearance: 12/15 - not going to win a beauty contest by any means. Single cap, if you want to call it that. Looks more like they forgot to cap it and just stuck a patch of tobacco on the end. A thick, toothy, dark wrapper leaf that smells of very rich tobacco.
Smoking Characteristics: 25/25 - this is where this ugly duckling starts to shine. Excellent draw, giving up huge volumes of smoke with ease. Burn line was on point the entire time. Ash was bright white, dense, and held on for over 1-1/2" before I ashed it leaving a nice cone on the end of the cigar.
Taste: 23/25 - as I've found with most Padron cigars, they are not complex flavor bombs. What they are is quality tobacco that give you an excellent rich earthy tobacco profile, a good amount of spice, and in this case (maduro) some cocoa in the last 1/2 of the cigar.
Overall: 33/35 - The best $5 you can spend. Hands down. I'm not one to judge a book by it's cover, but if this cigar was sitting on a shelf next to a more "put together" cigar, I would probably choose the better looking one. No, this cigar is no beauty but it is obvious within 5 minutes of lighting up that they did not sacrifice on the meat & potatoes of this cigar - that is the construction and the taste of the tobacco. I have smoked these before with not much rest, and they were good. This one, with over 8 months humidor time, was very smooth. I have 10 more in a separate Tupperware strictly for the purpose of aging and I can't wait to see how they come along. If it's anything like this, it's the best $5 you can spend.
Nice little box pressed smoke. Preflight aroma is just light tobacco(as it should). Upon lighting you are reminded this is a Nicaraguan pure with a blast of spice, along with the spice are notes of leather, wood & tobacco. Burn is wandering a bit but straightened out before a touch up is needed. Not much for changes thru the cigar but still a tasty little spice bomb. If your looking for a well made short spicy cigar I would definitely recommend this. Thanks to KidMontana for this cigar.
Nice deep brownish colored and veined wrapper. The band is basic Brick House plain top wrapper followed with a second band with just Maduro written on it. Cold draw was earthy, woodsy and spice. 1st third had peppery profile with some coffee notes the retro-hale was spicy but not a hot pepper, lots of blueish smoke and a great holding ash that was a nice grayish white color. 2nd third still spicy pepper with more coffee, earthy, and woody profiles coming into the mix. Dead on burn still a solid ash with the retro-hale still peppery and again not overly pepper but a spicy pepper. Final 3rd ash is a strong I have to literately knock it off, flavors are holding the same as the 2nd third with a little more coffee, chocolate and spice flavor profiles coming through. Still a cool draw for such a big ring. The libations was 4 cups of coffee I'm not really a big ring type of smoker. I felt like the strength was medium to medium full I really thought it would be a full strength cigar due to the dark coffee color of the wrapper. I guess you don't judge a book by it's color theory. I would defiantly smoke this cigar again even though I'm not a 60 gauge type of smoker.
I picked this up in a sampler a few months ago. It was a nice hearty smoke, with tastes of wood, some coffee and some pepper. The draw was perfect, and I'd probably given this cigar 4 stars, if it weren't for an annoying wobble in the burn line.
The flavors started with a bit of pepper then onto some cocoa and coffee flavors. Medium to medium full flavored, this cigar is packed with flavor until there is nothing left. Box worthy, coming soon to my humidor
Had my first real disappointment here. The beautiful dark wrapper smelled lightly sweet, with a hint of coffee. The unlit pull was very weak, but I got a little of that coffee from it. It lit up fairly well, and the first third was full of everything that the smell promised. It was creamy, had nice notes of coffee with a bit of hazelnut, and was relaxing in front of a fire. It burned a little uneven and it had a tight draw; the draw i fixed with a clean nail.
Then everything changed when the second third got going. Or rather didn't. The whole thing fell flat. It was like pulling burnt air. I purged it to no avail. I carried on with hopes that the flavor would return. But alas. I got down to the last third with no sign of any flavor, and I ended it. I'll save the wrapper if I have another dark cigar develop a crack that needs repair. At least I only paid a buck for it.