Cigar Review: Pride Corojo

Size: 7×48,

Wrapper: Dominican Corojo

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Medium

Price: Box of 20, $117.99

Grade: 8.8

Pride Cigars is a relatively new company and their cigars were originally unveiled at the 2009 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans. At this show, Pride introduced a Corojo and Connecticut series of cigars that are available in eight sizes. Pride Cigars is based out of Tampa, Florida, though their cigars are rolled in their own factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic, under the care of master blender Miguel Francisco.

At the 2010 IPCPR, Pride Cigars debuted their full bodied blend, which is called Pride Ritural. For a listing of B&M’s carrying their line of cigars, you may visit their website, where you will also see an illustrated guide to their large lineup of sizes. Pride Cigars is also on Twitter. We reviewed the Connecticut a while back and really enjoyed it (review). Today we will be reviewing the Pride Corojo Churchill that was graciously provided by company president Ares Contreras.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Corojo wrapper on this smoke is in decent shape with a few veins and blemishes. The cigar has some nice tooth to it and the weight is good in the palm. The cigar is well packed and the cap is in well formed. The pre-light aroma is of woody tobacco with just a touch of spice at the foot.

Burn, 1.7:
The draw on the Churchill is very nice and produces a nice amount of smoke with minimal effort. The ash holds well and is layered nicely. The smoke temperature is consistent and very nice throughout the duration of the smoke.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on this smoke is of woody tobacco with just a subtle hint of spice. This trend continues into the first third but the spice picks up a bit and the tobacco becomes livelier. Into the second third, I start to pick up some sweet notes here and there mixed in with the very spicy finish. The cigar is nutty at times but then reverts back to a darker tone.  Into the last third, the cigar seems to mellow a bit and then two or three puffs later, the spice kicks back in and dominates the flavor profile until the nub. The first two thirds of this smoke are well balanced but the last third seemed to be a bit heavy on the spice.

Overall, 2.7:
I enjoyed the samples I smoked of this cigar. The construction is very good and the flavor profile is pleasing on the palate; the price is also at a comfortable level.  I look forward to giving the new full bodied blend a toast soon.

(Total: 8.8)