March 23, 2010
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Mexico
Price : $75.80 for a box of 20
This brand made its debut in 2004 and uses a sun-grown Corojo wrapper from the 1997 harvest; hence the name. It comes in four vitolas: a 7 x 50 Churchill; 5 x 50 Robusto; 6 x 52 Torpedo; and today’s featured smoke a 7 x 50 Toro. The Cusano brand (now owned by the Davidoff group) has been one of my favorites for a very long time. Recently, Michael Chiusano has parted ways with the Oettinger-Davidoff group and DomRey Cigars in pursuit of other interests, and we can only hope that the brand continues to be as good as it is without him.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
The cigar has a milk chocolate color. The corojo wrapper used in this cigar comes from Ecuador where Cusano has genetically altered the leaves to make them more disease resistant. There does not seem to be an oily sheen in the cigar although it seems soft to the touch. The cigar is very veiny, and it is fairly firm with a soft spot close to the head.
The band is a very simple one with just three components: a black middle with the word “Corojo” written on it. Above that there is a triangle with the traditional Cusano trademarked orange and black label. Underneath the black portion of the band, the year 1997 is written in a silver background.
Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
With this cigar, it is difficult to see if it has more than one cap even with a magnifying glass. Besides this and the number of veins observed, there does not seem to be any construction issues.
The ash was white and nicely packed. Throughout the smoke, the burn was very even. The cigar itself was smoky, and it rose and dissipated quickly. About an inch and a half of ash was obtained before falling to the floor.
The cigar had a very nice draw during pre-light and after ignition.
The band was loose during the pre-light, so it was very easy to remove.
Flavor : [rating:4/5]
The wrapper had a woody and cedar scent. The foot also had a subtle sweet smell like honey to it.
The cigar was very salty and peppery to the tongue before lighting it up. The pre-light draw tasted like honey.
The first inch of the cigar had the same woody notes as the wrapper; also, roasted nuts were perceived. I did not get the salty and peppery flavors that I tasted before the pre-light ritual. I was expecting to be blown away with these, so I was slightly disappointed.
Leathery notes were picked up towards the middle of the cigar. The cigar featured a long finish with leathery notes in the back of the throat.
Value : [rating:5/5]
At about $3.00 per cigar, this is a great value especially if one is looking for a medium strength cigar.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
This is a very good medium cigar with good flavors. For what you pay, it is a great buy that can be enjoyed on a daily basis. It is not going to overwhelm anyone as far as strength; however, it was a very enjoyable smoke. It was a very nice complement to the Balvenie 66 Scotch whisky that I had with it. If anyone is interested in other Cusano brands, I would recommend the Cusano 18 Paired Maduro and the Cusano LXI; these are excellent smokes.
September 15, 2011
My Review of the Cusano 1997 Corojo Robusto
I found this cigar to be very underwhelming. When I think Corojo, I think of a Camacho and this is no Camacho. I found it to be a little rough with a flat, straight forward tobacco flavor. It was kind of boring and unremarkable. It just doesn’t work for my palate. If you find yourself agreeing with a lot of my past reviews, your palate may be similar. If that’s the case and you want my opinion, save yourself the time and money and try something else. If you just need to smoke a Corojo, stick to the Camacho.
March 23, 2010
Thanks Ed. I thought I had them bookmarked, but couldn’t find it.
DJ – sorry to make you hungry. The cigar had just such a great spicy taste. Highly recommend it.
Ron – This is a Boston Cigar Cutter Co. “Little Guy.” It is the best V cutter available. The link to it is and go to their products section. It is well worth the investment.
What is the cutter you are using. I had it written down but can’t find it.
March 23, 2010
Nice, Ed! I love the “salty and peppery” comment. Makin’ me hungry.
And good on ya for the Boston Co. Little Guy cutter! Nice!
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