La Flor de la Isabela Corona

La Flor de la Isabela Corona

Origin : PhilippinesLa Flor de la Isabela
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...

Appearance : ★★★☆☆
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.
 
Construction : ★★☆☆☆
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.

La Flor de la Isabela Corona

Flavor : ★☆☆☆☆
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.

La Flor de la Isabela Corona

Value : ★☆☆☆☆
I felt like I wasted my money.

La Flor de la Isabela Corona

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.

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14 Comments on “La Flor de la Isabela Corona”

  1. Weren’t these JFK’s favorite cigars?

  2. Not sure how CA rated this an 88 either. Its not even on my radar as one of the better Filipino cigars. Give the following a try:

    Don Juan Urquijo
    http://www.stogiereview.com/?p=45

    La Flor De La Isabela 1881
    http://www.stogiereview.com/?p=173

    I’d say those are my Top 2 Filipino Cigars followed by the Antonio Gimenez.

  3. Thanks Jerry,

    I’ll try to find the Don Juan. A bit reluctant to smoke one more Isabela right now :)

  4. Inspector – Shoot me over your addy and I’ll be sure you get a pair to try.

  5. Charlie Joe says:

    Ugh. Not only was the one I tried poorly constructed, but i’ve smoked higher class cigarettes than this. Won’t waste that money again. Hey Jerry, give me a yell back. I would be willing to try the Don Juan Urquijo

  6. Pupil Reyes says:

    The cigar was horrible. If you live in the hot weather of the Philippines, the smell of the cigar unlit is like dried fish rotting in the sun. The cigar unravels after being cut and it tastes really bad. I prefer the Antonio Gimenez by Tabaqueria. They make much better cigars than Flor.

  7. Tony Rein says:

    I agree, the Antonio Gimenez is a brilliant smoke. I buy them locally here in Manila at SM Department store but I’ve also bought them online from the UK at http://www.tabaqueria.com. Don’t even bother with the rest, try this one first.

  8. I checked the tabaqueria website. Are those prices right? Surely they can’t be that cheap.

  9. Good to see an UNfavorable review now and again–just to show perspective!

  10. You smoked the wrong cigar. Try the Don Juan Urquijo or at least the Independencia. The first good, the latter is okay.

  11. This factory also makes Calixto Lopez cigars, but they don’t list them on their website. How can I purchase them in the USA?

  12. You have to give Philippine cigars time to breathe. they tend to be dry when sold in airconditioned stores. I enjoy strong cigars so I buy the La Flor de Isabela Sumatras by the box and expose them to Philippine humidity for a month before smoking them. I also enjoy the Antonio Gimenez for regular smoking.

  13. Yes. They are correct. It was the wrong cigar. The don Juan is an excellent smoke, and their black label vintage blend. The one that you smoked is not very good. I had a chance to tour the factory in 2008. I just bought two boxes last week. If you like montecristo whites, the don Juan is insanely the better version of that with a habana feel to it. Hope you enjoy it. I’m sure you will.

  14. I had this cigar and I wasn’t impressed with it. I thought this review was very accurate. The review has made a mistake by saying Cigar Aficionado rated it 88. They rated the premium Don Juan Urquijo brand of La Flor De La Isabela as 88. This cigar is the Tabacalera brand of La Flor De La Isabela and I’m fairly certain that it’s short filler

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