Reading Time: 3 minutes West Tampa Red is the third regular production cigar from West Tampa Cigar Co. and Gary gives his evaluation of the Toro. Watch the video and read the text review to get the full story.
Cigar Review: C&C Corojo Robusto
Draw: Good, but a little too easy.
Pre-light flavor: Leathery
Toasting & Light: Superb. No problems with the tobacco taking the flame. First couple of puffs had a little shot of spice, then quickly disappeared.
Base flavors: Sweet tobacco and nutmeg
Retrohale: Very smooth and lightly spicy with a note of whiskey
Aroma: Earthy and relaxing
Burn / Ash Quality: Inconsistent at first, but fell into line at about the 3½-inch mark. Ash was granular and a bit loose. Probably one reason the draw was too loose.
Balance of flavors: Very good.
Consistency: Very good.
General Observations: Wrapper offered nice flavor and aroma. Cigar got off to a crooked burn. I thought I’d wait it out and see what happens, rather than touch it up. Unfortunately, the cigar went out, so I was forced to relight. Smoke picked up in spiciness after the first inch. Because of the loose draw I had to be careful not to draw too often to keep the cigar from turning bitter or hot. Cigar started to burn unevenly again, so I let it burn, and whad’ya know, it straightened right out and burned beautifully. The cigar has a little note of peppery spice on the finish. The flavors started to bloom around the 1/2way mark. Peppery notes inched-up a bit, while the nutmeg flavor remained constant. I was now more interested in seeing what would come next. From that point on the smoke was very consistent. Some notes of espresso leaked-in, but this was primarily a very rich-tasting smoke with dark, spicy tobacco flavors.
Summary: This cigar was more complex than I expected, but it didn’t open up until about halfway through. As noted above, I had to take it easy due to the loose draw. Not overpowering. A good selection for those who enjoy medium-bodied cigars with a slightly spicier character. Very smooth, well-balanced, and, IMO, the most flavorful of the three blends.
To read my review of the C&C LRMD Robusto, click here.
To read my review of the C&C Connecticut Robusto click here.
75-79 = Fair to Middling
80-84 = Good
85-89 = Very impressive
90-94 = Excellent
95-99 = Spectacular!