Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : N/A
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Thank you to Bill Davies at Jose Carlos Cigars for providing me with a sampler to try.
Jose Carlos cigars were introduced at this year's IPCPR show in New Orleans. They come in three wrapper variants: Habano, Corojo, and Connecticut. Each is available in a Robusto and Toro size and are of Nicaraguan origin. I chose the Corojo version to review.
A nice looking cigar that sported a veiny slightly dark Colorado shade wrapper. It had a nice spicy tobacco prelight smell.
The draw was a little tight for my liking, but otherwise was a well made cigar. It was stiff to the touch except at the foot where it was spongy.
This cigar started off with a nice sweet corojo taste mixed with earth and slight pepper notes. A nice combination of flavors, though somewhat harsh, particularly when retro-haling. The sweetness dissipated into the second half with the cigar's pepperyness taking over. Medium in strength with very detectable flavors. The sweet corojo wrapper makes this cigar.
Value : N/A
I do not have pricing info on this cigar, as it is a new release.
Overall Rating :
I found this to be a pleasant and straightforward cigar. It was unrefined, but I really enjoyed its flavor profile. I feel like it would probably become a great cigar with 6-12 months of humidor time to mellow out. As previously mentioned, I don't know what these retail for, but I would say it's a good buy if at a $5-$7 B&M price point.