Flor de Oliva Corojo

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Brand: Flor de Oliva Corojo
Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5.00 Inches
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
County of Origin: Nicaragua, Esiteli
Price Breakdown: $1.98 per single from Tinderbox

Here we are, back once again with yet another bargain cigar review. This time around I have the Flor de Oliva Corojo. This is a bundle cigar made in Esteli, Nicaragua by the Oliva Cigar Family. Unfortunately there is not a ton of information readily available on this particular stick. Most information I’ve come across has been about the Natural, Maduro, and Gold lines. From what I am told these cigars are first rate, hand made long filler cigars (not seconds, overruns, etc…). They came into existence in 1996 and are packaged in bundles of 25 (or in bundles of 8 for the giant sizes)

Pre Light:
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As I started off my pre light ritual I began to visually inspect my Flor de Oliva Corojo. The first thing I noticed was its dry appearance and toothy texture. At the mid point of the cigar I found two medium sized veins protruding from the surface of the leaf. These veins ran a short distance towards both the head and foot, while doing so reducing in size the further away from the middle they got. When gently pinched I found the stick to be firm with a light spring.

After a quick snip with my scissors I had the head of the cigar opened up. The first puff lead to a free draw with flavors of dark fruit and mild spice.

First Third:
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After a lengthy toast (tried holding the lighter further away than usual) I had my Flor de Oliva Corojo evenly lit and producing a copious amount of smoke. The body starts out in the medium range with semi sweet finish that is easy on the palate but sharp on the very tip of the tongue. The base flavor tastes of Cedar with a tangy aftertaste.

The burn is even and slow producing a firm, very light colored ash. After a gentle tap against the ashtray the ash breaks free and holds its shape as it lands.

Second Third:
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This portion of the cigar isn’t a whole lot different from the first third. The body remained in the medium range (while building ever so slightly) and the finish remained easy on the palate but sharp on the tip of the tongue. The mouth feel is beginning to get a little dry, especially the back of my throat. A sip of water relieves the dryness but it returns after every puff.

The base flavor continued to be mostly Cedar with a nice natural Corojo tobacco flavor. This Corojo flavor was getting deeper and richer as I smoked further into the stick. The tangy flavor faded and all but disappeared while a light black pepper flavor began to come into the picture.

Final Third:
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After over an hour and a half of smoking I found myself into the final third of my Flor de Oliva Corojo. The body remained in the medium range while slowly building as I worked my way to the nub. The finish remained easy on the palate and sharp on the tip of my tongue. The dryness of the smoke continued throughout the remainder of the smoke. The base flavor moved to primarily natural Corojo tobacco flavors while the Cedar taste subsided. The pepper flavor I experienced in the second third faded and was replaced by a sharp spice.

The construction has been excellent throughout the smoke. The burn rate was slow and produced an even burn with a firm ash. The draw remained free and put off loads of smoke that continued to please with flavor.

My Thoughts:
Overall I am very happy with this smoke. With a price tag of $40.00 a bundle I was surprised at how much complexity I got out of it. I was expecting something a little more straight forward and along the lines of the Natural and Maduro but was pleasantly surprised by what the Corojo had to offer.

If you are in the market for a good medium bodied cigar with a lot of rich Corojo flavor, I would definitely make it a point to give the Flor de Oliva Corojo a try

Happy Smoking