Cigar Review: Felipe Gregorio PURE

Cigar Review: Felipe Gregorio PURE

Today we have another guest review from our buddy Tony; he has previously reviewed with us and does an excellent job!

Size: 5×44, Corona

Wrapper: Corojo

Binder: Corojo

Filler: Corojo Velta Arriba and Velta Abajo seed

Price: Unknown

I’m back for another review here on Toasted Foot. Today will be a cigar and brand completely new to me, the Felipe Gregorio PURE. A creation of Philip Wynne, this puro is made from a single farm in the Cibao Valley of the Dominican Republic. A puro in every sense of the word, this cigar is Corojo through and through from wrapper to binder to filler. PURE cigars are aged in Royal Spanish Cedar Trunks for a minimum of six months before being shipped to a warehouse in Miami, where they are again place in Royal Spanish Cedar Trunks. These cigars will remain aging in these trunks until an order is placed at which point they are boxed and shipped.

The cigar is oily and dark with medium veins. The construction looks good although a tiny soft at the foot. The pre-light odor is cedar with almost a meaty boutique, a smell I have come to associate with many Dominican puros. The cold draw has a good amount of resistance although a tad on the loose side. The initial light has a dominant earthy, cedar flavor with a bite through the sinuses.

Getting into the first third the earthy cedar is accompanied by a sweetness that is hard to place and the harshness through the sinuses begins to die down. The draw is perfect with mouthfuls of smoke easily attained through medium-length draws.  The ash is white and solid with a slight wavy burn line. As the first third comes to a close I start to pick up a mild cocoa flavor on the finish.

As I get into the second third, the burn line corrected itself but it wasn’t all that different from the first third. Right around the half-way point, the cedar begins to die down and wonderful combinations of earthy and cocoa flavors begin to build. As the second third comes to an end, the flavors turn to a charred, meaty flavor with an almost creamy sweet chocolate finish which carries through the final third right down to the nub (which I smoked almost to the cap!).

In conclusion, I went into this not knowing anything about this cigar and came out wanting to know all I can. The construction was excellent, the flavors were wonderful and even the bands along with the cedar sleeve caught my eye. I didn’t expect this amount of complexity from a single finca cigar.  As a medium-to-full bodied cigar, I cannot recommend this to a novice but I think a seasoned smoker who has never had one should almost certainly give it a try. This stick was a surprising treat and depending on price, I would definitely seek out a few for my humidor to share and to save.