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- Easy To Light
- Good Draw
- Great Flavor
- Undamaged Wrapper
- Well Constructed
- Wrapper Imperfections
- Special Occasions
Comments about Abe Flores Gran Reserva Robusto Corojo:
I received this cigar in a combination pack from Thompson. As usual, the combo packs come with at least one shockingly good, and often under-hyped, smoke. This was the one from my most recent batch. The first thing I notice about any cigar is the nose.
THE NOSE: Hold the body of the cigar to your nostrils before lighting and take a deep sniff. Like wine, the nose doesn't tell the whole story. (Some delicious-smelling smokes don't taste great when you light 'em.) But it can tell a lot.
This cigar has a classic nose: a blend of caramel and cedar and old books, with a touch of honey. Some of my all-time favorite cigars (especially Nicaraguans, which I tend to prefer) feature a similar scent. It actually makes your mouth water.
THE LIGHT: I lit mine with a single-flame Xicar. It proved an easy light, with a perfect draw (easy but with more than a feather of resistance). Again, I retested the nose... with heat. The cedar and caramel remained, but the fire brought out new espresso overtones.
THE TASTE: Early taste is good. Hints of the cedar shine through, along with leather and a very, very light undertone of cantaloupe. However, the taste profile thins out quickly after the first couple draws. It settles into a pleasant but merely good flavor. As you smoke down, the corojo's powerful Cuban heritage comes through. She has a kick, somewhat similar to an Opus X.
THE BURN: Here's where it gets a little tricky. I needed to relight after about an inch. That doesn't make me happy. Who likes relights? No one. The biggest strike against this cigar, I'd say. I also noticed a bit of running, although it evened out as I continued.
THE ASH: The cigar produces a nice, light-grey ash. But it's a touch fragile for this ring gauge.
CONCLUSION: Perfectly good smoke, and just worthy of the price. However, it didn't quite live up to the exceptional beginnings, which promised something worthy of the cover of Cigar Aficionado. Nonetheless, I'd rate it a solid 91.3. If you enjoy a strong smoke, like a Cuban or Nicaraguan, you may want to add this to your humidor.