La Vieja Habana Cuban Corojo – Gordito Rico

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Wrapper : Cuban Corojo
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : Cuban blend (short and long filler) Nicaraguan
Source : bought locally

Today I have for you the La Vieja Habana Cuban Corojo in the gordito rico size. This was the first cigar produced by Drew Estates and has an up and down release schedule as production has been halted a few times just to make a comeback a bit later on.

These cigars are available in six sizes, Belicoso “D” (6 x 54), Bombero (6 x 54), Celebracion National (7 x 52), Chateau Corona (5.5 x 46), Gordito Rico (6 x 60), and the Rothschild Luxo (5.5 x 52).

I also bring up a question about lighters in this review that I am anxious to get a response to. Take a look at the video and tell me your thoughts.

Pre-Light

Starting off with sniffing this La Vieja Habana Cuban Corojo and I get a little bit of a spice scent along with a natural tobacco from the wrapper. Now at the foot I am getting a very nice sweet cinnamon scent. Wrapper is not too veiny but has a nice rustic appearance to it.

Upon clipping the head, I am met with a very loose draw, which seems to be common among these since the other ones I have smoked had the same loose draw to them.

I will mention that the bands on these are pretty striking and each different variety has a different color used which makes them easy to distinguish if you have them all in your humidor.

First Half

Starting out on my La Vieja Habana Cuban Corojo and I am getting a nice spicy taste in my mouth that finishes with a pretty creamy texture and nutty taste.

I decided to do this one in halves because the flavor profile is pretty consistent. I am getting that nice spice taste on the tongue along with a toasted nutty aftertaste. Only thing that really changed from the beginning so far has been the creaminess has gone away and the aftertaste is a bit sharper now.

I am enjoying the cigar so far as it would still be in the mild to very low medium category and is smoking very well.

Second Half

Rounding out the second half of my La Vieja Habana Cuban Corojo, I was getting the spice note along with the toasted nut on the aftertaste until the cigar heated up and became pretty bitter. I tasted a wood note that crept in towards the final third but nothing that stood out or stayed around very long.

Wrap-Up

I have to say, this La Vieja Habana Cuban Corojo was a decent smoke. I think for the under $3 price tag you can’t go wrong as it tastes a heck of a lot better than some of those cheap smokes I have been doing.

I wish the roll would be a little tighter on these cigars just so they would not heat up so much at the end and get that bitter taste.

Would I buy them again? Oh yes. I am going to seek out the other wrapper flavors to give a try and maybe even try them in the bombero size to see if the smaller ring gauge keeps the cigar from heating up so much.

*UPDATE*

I talked with Kurt of Xikar and was told the smaller lighters basically do not need those holes because of the size of the lighter.

I still think it is a shame as filling my creme brulee lighter is a dream compared to any other lighter I have had.


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