Cigar Review: CLE Corojo Robusto
Draw: Perfect. Just the right amount of pull.
Pre-light flavor: WOW. Nice malty caramel-like flavor with a hint of cognac, or perhaps, rum?
Toasting & Light: Toasted almost instantly and lit well. First few puffs were mellow, creamy, toasty and earthy (very Honduran.)
Base flavors: Layers of earthiness, cream and a spot of cognac.
Retrohale: Very light and creamy. No trace of pepper.
Aroma: Earthy and semi-sweet.
Burn / Ash Quality: The burn was so-so, but not annoying. The ash was black & grey marbled. Though it held up well until ashed, it was more flaky than rigid for most of way until it tightened up in the last couple of inches; enough to "round" it off against the side of the ashtray.
Balance of flavors: Excellent.
Consistency: Excellent. Even in the last third, when the flavors firmed up to a spicier character, the cigar carried on steadily.
General Observations: This cigar gave off a lot of smoke when puffed. Very creamy- earthy start, and surprisingly mild. Early burn was just a bit off. Though it's listed as "full-bodied," I found this cigar more medium, and solidly mild in the first inch. As the cigar burned past the second inch, the smoke revealed a fuller character. By the last third the smoke finally turned the corner. The flavors become richer, darker, and spicier, yet never lost that sliver of cognac flavor.
Summary: I really loved the flavor of this cigar. It had a nice Cuban-style component to it. The burn was good, but never razor clean. It always had a slightly ragged edge, but at least it never canoed. Though the balance of flavors was excellent, I expected this cigar to be more complex. But I'm not complaining. In and of itself, it had a very unique flavor profile, and that’s fine by me. Christian Eiroa probably knows as much or more about authentic Corojo leaf than anyone, and he really did a splendid job on this cigar, which turned out to be a one-inch nubber. If you enjoyed Christian's former Camacho Corojo cigars, I'm confident you'll find the CLE Corojo very impressive.
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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles