Cigar Review: Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole

Cigar Review: Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole

Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6″ x 52
Strength: full bodied
Price: $8.00

Overall Rating: 9.2

Whenever anyone asks me about what brands I think are worth watching or what cigar they should try that they probably haven’t Cordoba & Morales is the first brand that comes to mind. This small boutique brand is one that never ceases to amaze me. So far, they haven’t made a bad cigar. The “cigars for golfers” theme is nice, and I love a Cordoba & Morales Front 9 (see my earlier review) on the golf course, but don’t let the slogan fool you Cordoba & Morales makes cigars for everyone. I’ve enjoyed every cigar they make, but the 19th Hole Maduro is my personal favorite of their cigars.

Pre-Light: The bands on the Cordoba & Morales cigars are some of the prettiest I’ve seen (especially on a boutique blend). The deep blue and red with silver and gold accents looks impressive against the dark wrapper of the 19th hole. The wrapper is extremely toothy with only a few really prominent veins and hardly any prominent seems.

An aroma of grass and natural tobacco can be detected off the cigar’s wrapper. Sweet pipe tobacco and raisins are noticeable off the unlit foot. The pre-light draw is smooth and easy, letting through flavors of sweet tobacco, barnyard hay and raisins.

Burn: The Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole is amazingly well constructed. There’s a razor sharp burn on this cigar from start to finish. The draw is quite easy, and what it’d consider perfect. The 19th Hole holds its bright white ash extremely well. This cigar is the perfect cigar for an ash contest among friends.

Flavor: Immediately, there is a burst of cocoa and coffee flavors. Black pepper and spice are strong on the retrohale. Chocolate and earth are the most dominant flavors during the first third of the Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole with hints of spice, herbs, cedar and grass. The chocolate begins to diminish during the second third of the cigar, while spice and cedar take center stage. Spice, cedar and pepper are the main flavors during the final third while the chocolate reappears slightly during the final third. This is a very good flavorful cigar that has all the hallmarks of one that will age quite well.

Overall: I’ve been a big fan of the Cordoba & Morales brand since I first met the owner Azarias Mustafa after his appearance on Kiss My Ash Radio. The really interesting thing about this boutique brand is that they don’t seem to make an even kind of bad cigar. Of all the cigars that they make, it’s the 19th Hole that impressed me the most. The 19th Hole is a wonderfully sweet cigar with a great mix of cocoa, pepper, spice, grass and cedar. There’s a nice complexity to the 19th Hole Maduro that makes it a truly enjoyable smoke. Personally, I loved this cigar. The only bad thing I’ve found is that it’s hard to find Cordoba & Morales at my local shop, so now I’m completely out and that bothers me. It may be too full bodied for on the course, but it is definitely a good cigar for after a round of golf. This is my favorite cigar in the Cordoba & Morales line, and I certainly recommend picking one up if you get the chance.

Pairing: An afternoon coffee or Earl Grey tea goes extremely well with the Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole. For the scotch drinker a Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength, Bowmore Legend or Jura 10 will all compliment the 19th Hole quite nicely.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by Azarias Mustafa of Cordoba & Morales. No request was made for review. Though the generosity is greatly appreciated it in no way affects the way this cigar is reviewed. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to being impartial in our reviewing of cigars.