Corona Gorda, 6 x 47
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
|Cigar age||2 yr. 2.1 mo.|
BACKGROUND: This week’s postscript cigar is the Guillermo León, Corona
Gorda, which is made at the La Aurora Factory in the Dominican Republic.
I first featured this cigar in Episode 240 on Sunday, September 26, 2010.
These cigars have been resting in my Aristocrat Mini cabinet humidor
for 2 years, 2.1 months and I pulled out my last sample for this, the
second and final, postscript review.
The La Aurora Guillermo León was revealed at the 2010 tobacco Trade Show in New Orleans. After 107 years of operation, this is the first cigar named after the current leader of the company. Also in a first for the company, this cigar is made with two binders instead of just one. And if that wasn't significant enough, this cigar has a blend of tobaccos from 6 different countries.
La Aurora president Guillermo León says, "Obviously, this cigar is personal for me. It is part of my family’s legacy for the past 107 years. In this cigar, I wanted something with deep complexity yet also a stronger smoke than most of our offerings. I think this is something that will please today's smokers."
The Guillermo León sports a Habano wrapper grown in Ecuador, over a double binder of both Dominican Corojo for strength and African Cameroon for sweetness. The fillers are from the Dominican Republic, Peru, Nicaragua and Brazil. The Guillermo León can be found in 4 sizes: a Corona (5.5 x 42), a Belicoso (6.25 x 52), a Gran Toro (6 x 58) and the cigar I'm reviewing today, the 6-inch by 47 ring gauge Gran Corona.
TASTING NOTES: The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is simply gorgeous. Chestnut brown in color and with a natural sheen, the wrapper smells of roasted nuts and fresh cut hay.
The cigar starts with notes of oak wood, while the retrohale brings mesquite barbecue flavor and a splash of pepper spice. There is a lasting woody finish with a bit of natural tobacco sweetness on the palate. The cigar weighed in at medium in body and strength and medium-full in flavor.
The draw was perfect, with just enough resistance. The burn line was meandering with a slightly blistered rim.
As I reached the one-third mark, the complexity really kicked in. The earthy flavors merged with roasted coffee bean and bittersweet cocoa. The tobacco sweetness became more prominent the further I smoked the cigar until, at the very end, it was wonderfully sweet.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This Corona Gorda is my favorite size in the Guillermo León line. It presents with fuller body and flavor than the larger ring sizes and I believe it has better aging potential as well. In fact, the Corona is also a killer smoke, but that is another story. I think that the Guillermo León will appeal to a wide range of cigar smokers and is just a lovely smoke all the way around. From look and feel, to flavor, aroma and construction and burn, this cigar is a dandy.
This is a unique cigar because of its interesting blend. The beautiful Habano wrapper lends sophistication to the smoke, while the double binder of Cameroon and Dominican Corojo really shines through with great flavor, spice and sweetness. The 6-country blend is a masterpiece of the art of blending. It is very difficult to use so many different tobaccos and not create a cigar with muddy flavors. On the contrary, this cigar has a plethora of focused and complex flavors, which make it one of my current favorites.
An extra year of aging has not changed the flavor or body profile much. The body, strength and flavor profile suggest that this cigar will continue to age well for at least another 3-years and beyond.
This is a cigar that I always nub and am sad when I have to release it from my singed fingers into the ashtray for the last time. At $8.50 per stick, the Guillermo León isn't exactly cheap, but is well worth a try. I can highly recommend this cigar.
These cigars are contained in their original cellophane sleeves in my Aristocrat Mini cabinet humidor. The set-and-forget humidification system is set at 68%RH and the temperature varies between 65-72°F.
This is the second and final review of two podcast reviews. The cigars have been resting in my humidor for 2 years, 2.1 months prior to this review.
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