Origin : Philippines
Format : Corona
Size : 140 x 16 mm
Ring : 40
Weight : N/A
Price : 2€/piece
A very disappointing cigar. I don't know how it could be rated 88 by Cigar Aficionado. I couldn't even finish it...
The band looks cheap, although the overall appearance is OK. The wrapper does not have many glitches and is acceptable. Unlit, it smells of rotten leaves (however, the smell is light and not really unpleasant). The La Flor de la Isabela Corona is not at all impressive.
I was not satisfied with the construction; I couldn't even cut it properly. The cap just wasn't there at all. Well, perhaps it was me being very lame :) Anyway, the filler is not regular and the wrapper tends to peel off near the head. The smoke is very hot, dry and rare.
In the first third, I could distinguish scents of straw and some dry grass. These were really bland. Near the middle, some strong and unpleasant wormwood flavors appeared, which made the cigar almost unsmokeable. The last third was very harsh and I decided to put it off.
I felt like I wasted my money.
Overall Rating :
Described as a very mild cigar on their official website, the Corona turned out to be rather harsh and aggressive. I wouldn't recommend it.