Cigar Review: Cabal Corona Gorda

Cigar Review: Cabal Corona Gorda

Cabal Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Bonao)
Binder: Peru & Dominican Republic
Filler: Nicaragua, USA (Pennsylvania) & Dominican Republic
Size: 5 1/2 x 46
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $7.00

Overall Rating: 8.9

The name cabal means a group of individuals working together towards a common purpose. With the flagship cigar for the brand, owner Chris Arolfo and blender Hendrik Kelner Jr. worked together to create a good boutique cigar. The Cabal is the first brand to be made from Hendrik Kelner Jr’s new Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic. This is a flavorful stick that should please medium bodied cigar enthusiasts. It is definitely worth picking up if you find them in your local brick & mortar retailer. I’m quite curious to see what the brand does in the future.


Pre-Light: A simple black and white band with a QR code on it gives the Cabal a basic look, and stands out against a medium brown wrapper with several prominent veins and noticeable seams covers the cabal. There is just a bit of oil to the wrapper.

Leather, coffee and nut scents can all be picked up off the cigar’s wrapper. There is an aroma of sweet cocoa from unlit foot of the Cabal Corona Gorda. The cold draw is smooth and easy.


Burn: The burn is even throughout the course of the cigar. The draw on the Cabal is perfect letting though tons of flavorful white smoke. A beautiful white ash clings nicely to the Cabal. The quality of construction is easily noticeable.

Flavor: The Cabal begins with flavors of nuts, natural tobacco and a bit of spice. On the retrohale there is a good amount of spice and some white pepper notes that fade significantly after the first few inches of the cigar. Leather, cashews, green tea and an almost balsamic vinegar tang are all present in varying degrees during the first third of the Cabal Corona Gorda.  At the halfway point there is some herbal spice on the retrohale. Some coffee, smokey cedar  and white pepper mix with leather and spice during the second third of the cigar. In the final third the tanginess pick up along with spice, cedar, nuts and black pepper.


Overall: Lately at ToastedFoot, we’ve been trying to bring some attention to many of the high quality boutique blends on the market. Cabal Cigars definitely fits that category. A complex medium to full bodied cigar, the Cabal is full of a wide variety of flavors. I like the Cabal and have begun to enjoy them on a regular basis. I’m interested to see what Chris Arolfo does with the brand in the future.


Pairing: The Cabal pairs very well with an IPA or dark ale. I personally enjoy a Newcastle or Bellhaven with my Cabal. The scotch drinker will find a Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask pairs nicely with the Cabal.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review provided by Chris Arolfo of Cabal Cigars. Although Chris’ generosity is greatly appreciated it did not change the way this cigar was reviewed. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to providing impartial cigar reviews.