My love of Nicaraguan cigars is documented and well know. Wait, is it? Anyway I do have a bias towards non cuban sticks. Why? well in terms of bang for your buck non Cubans offer better value. Communists I think not.
Recently I did some serious replenishing of my humidor, like that thing was nearly running on empty and in December I finally had enough pennies saved up to do an order for myself and some friends.
Now before you get all crasey (hey, why you so crasey?). I don’t smoke often, if anything it’s maybe two cigars a month. Of course the Perdomo Jungle Curries are going to be favourite, hey I ordered a bunch of them but the Tatuaje Havana VI Corona has been a really great mild stick to fill in a friday afternoon lounging in a hammock listening to Gloria Estefan (don’t you feel that Conga?).
Described as ‘Dark and Oily’ this 42 gauge cigar is not what I’d call a ‘blow your head off’ stick that would frighten people away. In fact I shared a few of them with some mates who enjoyed them as new smokers. ( “Hey do I inhale these?”) no Simon no.
An expected earthy construction and flavour doesn’t reveal any surprises or particularly stand out flavours. In fact, I would argue it’s quite a consistent and sustained flavour from start to finger burning finish. In fact if you’ve imagined smoking a good quality leather jacket this is what’s its like. Earthy, subtle pepper and raw cacao, a savoury cigar but not as big as I’d hoped. I will say however that the flavour profile tightened up in the final third, giving a much tighter draw and focused flavour.
The burn? Exceptionally consistent and even. No funky surprises or unevenness.
At $7.10AUD(plus taxes) it’s a damned affordable stick and one that I wish i’d ordered more of.