June 11, 2013
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona
Size : 5 5/8 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $5-6 each
Casa Magna Colorado Corona was just the right size for my first week-end of outdoor smoking in 2013 (I’m a bit late in writing this review). This is a well-known blend since 2008, when it was named top cigar of the year by a well-known lifestyle magazine. This Nicaraguan puro is supposed to be a good bang for your buck, providing a high-end flavor profile for an affordable price (it can be found between $5 and $6). Let’s see whether this is true.
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
This is a nice-looking cigar with a rich, oily wrapper that has a beautiful, deep brown color. The color of the tobacco is deepened by the oily sheen. There are a few fine veins, but otherwise the wrapper is pretty smooth.
Construction : [rating:3.5/5]
The construction overall was not bad, but the draw was a bit tight, and the burn was not all that even. The ash was a bit flaky, but neither the ash nor the burn posed any real problems. I didn’t even need to correct the burn. The draw however posed annoyances throughout, though it didn’t stop me from enjoying the cigar.
Flavor : [rating:4/5]
Right off the top this one has a powerful kick of pepper. The pepper dies down a bit, replaced by a medium-bodied sweetness. Leathery notes and wood notes take precedence during the middle third of the cigar, and the sweetness takes on a more definable caramel flavor. The final third tastes like coffee, with the other notes still lingering to add some more complexity. The finish, like the start, is very peppery and spicy.
Overall, the flavors are really enjoyable, but for a more complex profile feel free to check the Casa Magna Domus Magnus.
Value : [rating:4.5/5]
While I can complain a bit about the tight draw, the flavors of this cigar are very enjoyable, and it’s a pleasant experience overall. The price, around $5-6, is excellent, and makes this a steal.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
The construction flaws are the only real drawbacks with the Casa Magna Colorado Corona, which otherwise is a beautiful cigar which provides a pleasant smoking profile. The notes are artfully blended and produce an enjoyable and varied experience from start to finish. If the price had been higher, the tight draw would have probably irritated me more, but for $6, the issue seems pretty insignificant, making this cigar a very solid 4/5 stars.
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