Origin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7 each
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My first try with Rocky’s Olde World Reserve Corojo was not the best of experiences. An insanely loose draw and a hot burn ruined it for me. Because of that I decided to hold off assigning a rating to the cigar. I know a lot of people like to make a point of smoking two or three of a particular cigar before writing a review on it. They do this to try and normalize the experience so that they aren’t underrating it because of a fluke with a bad stick, or even overrating it because they happened to get an above average sample. It is a valid and thorough approach, but one that I don’t use myself. I take a different tact. For me first impressions are king. There are so many cigars out there to choose from and to try. I give most cigars one shot to sell themselves to me. Some might think that’s not particularly fair. After all, cigars are hand made products and there is bound to be an occasional bad stick. This is true and I try and account for that in a less systematic way than sampling multiple cigars for a review. The Olde World Reserve Corojo is an example of this. Normally, I’d have a bad experience, write off the cigar and move on. But in the case here, I felt I obviously had an unusually bad specimen for my first review. There were obvious construction issues and I also felt that the cigar showed some promise hidden behind the problems I was having with it. So for that reason I felt I should give this cigar one more shot. Another bad sample and I’d write it off as a poorly made line of cigars. However, that isn’t what happened here.
My second try with Rocky’s Corojo version of the OWR was much better than the first. The draw was 100% better this time around with just the right amount of resistance and the cigar had a very good even burn. It burned a lot cooler this time as a result and I could now actually taste the flavors of the tobacco instead of just tasting the harsh heat of an overly hot burn. The OWR Corojo started off smooth and mild with notes of nuts and coffee. About a third of the way into it, the cigar developed more body and a slight edge. The flavors were a bit muddled, mostly leather and earth and a peppery finish. It never really changed again after that. I found it to be a decent smoke but not really all that engaging. It is a lot like the OWR Maduro in that respect. I feel comfortable giving the Corojo a “B” now that I have smoked one sans construction issues.
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