Origin : Miami, FL
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18 mm
Ring : 46
Wrapper : Dark Natural Conn. Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8.50 each
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As a fan of the Tatuaje and Cabaiguan lines, I was excited to hear that Pete Johnson was extending the Cabaiguan line to include several vitolas with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. I find the Cabaiguan guapos with the sungrown wrappers to be spicy and delicious, so it wasn't a tough decision to buy a box when I found them available. Since the purchase, I've smoked a handful of the sticks from the box marked July '08, and they've been very consistent, which should be expected given the credentials of the Pepin/Johnson team that created them.
I’ve got to admit that this is one very attractive dark brown wrapper. Knowing it’s a natural actually makes it seem darker. There are some visible veins, making this cigar look just a bit rugged.
Initially, a blast of burnt brownies grabbed my attention. There was also a good amount of spice in the back of the throat. The flavors during the 1st half hovered around dark chocolate covered espresso bean, or rich chocolate pudding. The finish was quite short.
In the 2nd half, the spice faded and a licorice tartness set in. This extended the finish, but in a bad way.
Priced a bit high for what you get, but is in line with other offerings by Pete Johnson.
Overall Rating :
The higher price and the tartness in the 2nd half took a bit away from the overall experience. I do, however, think that after some more time resting these could improve.