I got a box of these in from Cigars International as a "daily smoke"
(not that I smoke cigars everyday, but you get my point). As the supply
of Padilla Achilles is
getting scarce, CI sent me these Corojos instead. These seemed like a
well-made cigar, but had a hint of green when smelled so I set them in
the humidor awhile to let them smooth out a
bit. Over the past few weeks I've been having one of these occasionally
to see how they've been progressing. Overall, this has been a
surprisingly good stick. It has a very mild
flavor yet is very complex. It has a slight nutty note and hints of
pepper and cedar with a little greeness peeking through as well.
Although the wrapper is corojo, it has slight notes
similar to that of claro wrappers, which was really odd yet pleasant.
The filler is moderate in density yet the press seems a little
uneven. When initially lighting it takes a few minutes to develop an
steady and even burn, with slight
uneveness ocassionally but nothing requiring a touch-up. The cigar is a
good smoke, best taken slowly to ensure a cool burn. The tobacco is
Nicaraguan, but lacked the strong notes and
spice typical of leaf from that country. I would have guessed it to be
Honduran in origin by the flavor.
These cigars are a very good value, but not as good as the
Pepinesque "Achilles" torpedoes that I was ordering in. Great daily
smoke and excellently priced, but not
as good as most of the Padilla line. Lots of cigar critics have given
this one high marks, but I was only moderately impressed. I guess those
of us who have to buy the cigars we critique
are a little harder to impress. Good smoke for the money and will
definitely be in the humidor here as long as they are available, but
overall it is a moderately good cigar IMO.
Pricing: (10/10) With a per stick price of about $2.50 from CI, its an excellent value, tough to find
good cigars at a "daily smoke" price.
Flavor: (7.5/10) As stated earlier, it had subtle notes that were great, but overall the
smoke was a little tart and unfulfilling.
Construction: (8.0/10) Well rolled, the wrapper is pretty smooth with no pronounced veins or oily texture. As stated earlier, the filler
is a little uneven and can cause a slighly uneven burn at times.
"Wheelchair Weed" Factor: (6.0/10) Considering that Padilla normally rolls a pretty mean
stick, this one is pretty tame. I'm not Winston Churchill, but I could smoke these all day and not be any worse for wear.