Boutique Cigar Review: El Tiante Corojo


Size: 6×54, Belicoso

Wrapper: Corojo

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Full

Price: Box of 23, $139

Grade: 8.9

El TianteCorojo2The El Tiante 23 Series is named after and created by Red Sox legend Luis Tiant. Completely handmade at the Tabacalera Tambor factory, it is rolled in the style of Old Cuba. Available in a Habano and Corojo wrappers, the 23 Series is the staple of El Tiante. Currently there is not a lot of information about the cigars on their website, but they are working on a new, interactive website that will unveil very soon. With these changes, they are also working on a new blend and updating the bands on the Series 23, which currently make no distinction between the Habano and Corojo. Today we are taking on the full bodied Corojo. Sometime ago we reviewed, and enjoyed, the Habano, which you may view here.

For more information be sure to check out our interview with Luis Tiant (here) or visit El Tiante online and on Twitter. Now, on to the toast!

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Corojo from El Tiante is a earthy and rustic looking smoke with a nice deep brown wrapper and just a few veins. The cigar is packed well but is a bit spongy at the foot. The wrapper is almost musty in the nose, but in a good way, with an attic aroma at the foot. The cold draw produces more earthy notes with a hint of spice. I also pick up what I will refer to from here on out as the mystery note.

Burn, 1.7:
Clipped, toasted, and burning, the El Tiante has a very nice draw, which is somewhat airy at the beginning, but tightens up a bit about an inch in. The ash is solid white and holds well and the cigar produces a huge volume of smoke on each draw. I did have to re-light with this sample but the other samples I smoked did not require that, so I am going to chalk that up as smoke management on my part. The temperature is good and only heated up toward the very end.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on the El Tiante produces notes of earthy tobacco with a nutty profile and a spice on the back of the throat. The first third produces more of the same, but the cigar is creamier with a hint of spice and the return of the mystery note. The second third is more woody than it is nutty and not quite as earthy as the first part of the smoke. The finish is pleasant and is comprised of spice and the note with no name. The final third followed the above profile with no transition and the smoke finished strong. The mystery note is a mint flavored, vegetal note that is really nice on the palate. I smoked multiple samples of this blend and it was present in all, and was very nice and intriguing.

Overall, 2.8:
If you enjoy a good, solid, earthy smoke with a different, but pleasing flavor profile, the El Tiante will do you right. At around six bucks a pop, it is priced right, and produces enjoyment comparable with other smokes in that price point. Though not a flavor bomb, it is tasty, easy to smoke, and fun to read about the history of Luis Tiant and the story of the blend. Also, the mystery note really provoked my palate. If any of our readers have had any of these I would love to hear your take on this smoke.

(Total: 8.9)