Jose Carlos Corojo Toro

Jose Carlos Corojo Toro

Jose Carlos CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
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.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
A nice looking cigar that sported a veiny slightly dark Colorado shade wrapper. It had a nice spicy tobacco prelight smell.

Construction : ★★★½☆
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.

Flavor : ★★★★☆
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.

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8 Comments on “Jose Carlos Corojo Toro”

  1. The review brings up a good point, and one that has been troubling me for a while. The review states: “I found this to be a pleasant and straightforward cigar.”

    While I do not dispute that some cigars are WAY better/different than others (Tats/Kuba Kuba respectively), many (if not most) fall into this “straightforward, slightly peppery” category. I sometimes wonder whether we should have a great big category labeled “Perfectly Adequate” and then rank on price or something.

    That said: this outlines the usefulness of reviews (at least for me) because then I do not have to spend money to figger out that a new cigar is just like half the cigars I already have in my humi…

  2. DJ brings up a great point. In fact, I seldom buy expensive “straightforward” cigars, but rather try out more unique offerings or stick to tried and true.

  3. Nice review Jason. The straight forward was a nice way of saying it.

  4. Thanks for another review.

  5. DJ, I agree with your point as well. I think this is the case with most noncuban cigars, straightforward is their modus operandi.

    Nicaraguan cigars in particular come to mind for me, as it seems you can pretty much guarantee them to be earthy/peppery with some tweeks depending on the wrapper.

  6. I just got a sampler of the three blends, looking forward to trying them out. Thanks for the review!

  7. Thanks for the review Jason. Dj has a good point. I have smoked many cigars that would fall into this same category.

  8. SmokingJoe says:

    This new company has tossed a very strange angle into the mix — as of December 2009 the manufacturer has stated there is in facdt no suggested retail price for this cigar, which of course puts consumers in a rather awkward position. Presuming there is in fact a wholesale price (!), retailers are free to position this stick anywhere they’d like, pricewise. Odd.

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