Cigar Review: CLE Cuarenta Corona

Cigar Review: CLE Cuarenta Corona

CLE Cuarenta Corona

Size: Corona (5 3/4″ x 46)

Wrapper: Habano seed

Binder: Honduran (?)

Filler:  Honduran, Dominican (?)

Strength: Mild-Medium

Price:  $ N/A

Grade: 8.5

As I wrote in my review of the CLE Corojo, a few days ago I received a small package of cigars from site sponsor SmokeInnCigars.Com, when I opened the package it was a pleasant surprise as it contained samples of CLE Cigars new offerings.  The sample package included the Corojo , the Cuarenta, and the soon to be reviewed Wynwood. CLE Cigars is a new line recently launched by Christian Eiroa, formerly of Camacho.

 

The Cuarenta and the Corojo are the two launching blends for Christian Eiroa’s new company, while the Wynwood is being produced in partnership with Robert Caldwell and is named for a trendy art district in Miami where the cigars will be produced.  As for the Cuarenta, the name is Spanish for the number 40.  The number 40 in tribute to Christians 40th birthday which was July 5, 2012, the scheduled release date for these cigars.

But enough about that, let’s toast the foot!

Pre-Light:  (1.7)  The CLE Cuarenta sports a golden brown Habano seed wrapper, which is a few shades lighter than the Corojo wrapper. There are a few noteworthy veins and some bumps, but the wrapper feels quite smooth to the touch. .The Cuarenta is well packed, with a bit of give closer to the head.  Like the Corojo, there are some darker filler leaf when observing foot.  The band is maroon with silver trim and lettering.

The scent off the foot offers aromas of sweet hay,. graham cracker, and a hint of a citrusy zing.  The pre–light draw offers notes of tea, honey, and grass.

Burn: (1.6)  The Cuarenta was a bit of a journey in burn.  At times it was crisp, at other times I wou d get a hot spot that would burn in advance of the burn line and lead to a bit of canoeing.  To it’s credit the Cuarenta had self corrected on all of it’s burn issues as I got into the final third.  The black and white ash was firm.

Flavor:  (2.6)  The Cuarenta opened up with a bit of pepper and spice, but not the same levels of spice and pepper one normally associates with those words in a review,.  They were far more muted and nuanced than the typical spice blast a lot of cigars open up with.  The pepper and spice quickly took a back seat to a rich, yet nuanced medley of flavors including wood, floral notes, citrus fruit, and then again pepper as the cigar progressed.  Body was mild through the first third.

Heading into the second third the flavors were all still present and they seemed to appear in different amounts in each puff, adding a degree of complexity.  The pepper picked up and got a little tangy near the half way point.   Body was picking up but still relatively mild.

Smoking into the final third the spice took the drivers seat, but never got “strong”.  The other flavors blended together a bit more losing some of their complexity.  As I approached the nub the spice picked up to the point of leaving a little tingle.  All the flavors and spices passed through the nose but were more defined in the first half.  As I approached the nub the Cuarenta was moving it’s way closer to medium bodied.

Overall: (2.6)  What I really loved about the Cuarenta was the depth and richness of flavor in a cigar with a lighter body. While medium-full to full is my typical strength profile, I am always keeping my eyes open for a cigar that offers a complex, rich, flavor profile with less strength.  They make excellent mid-afternoon smokes when I’m working and the Cuarenta delivered that in spades.

Where the Cuarenta lost points was with the burn issues, which easily could have been isolated to my samples and teh fact that the flavors lost some definition as the smoke progressed, which could be an issue with age.  The Corojo was smoked with only 2 days in my humidor, and the Cuarenta only sat for 4 days.

Much like when I reviewed the Corojo, I didn’t have MSRP information at the time of this review but a quick search on Google suggests this will be a $6-$7 cigar.  The Cuarenta is definitely a solid value in that price range and I can see myself smoking these when stepping out of my profile but staying full flavored with less strength.  Like I mentioned earlier, I think this has great “mid-day smoke” potential for me and I really cant wait to see how both the Cuarenta and the Corojo smoke in a few months.

Total: 8.5  (While these cigars were given to ToastedFoot.Com by site sponsor Smoke Inn Cigars it in no way influenced our review.)

@WillyStyl