Corona Extra (Corona Gorda), 5.5 x 46
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
|Cigar age||1 yr. 3.3 mo.|
BACKGROUND: This review is on The Griffin’s Special Edition for 2012. I first featured this cigar in Episode 327 of the SF5 podcast back on Saturday, August 18, 2012. These cigars have now been resting for 1 year, 3 months and 8 days and I pulled out a couple of my last samples for this review.
When Christopher Columbus discovered the island, which he named "La Hispaniola” he wrote the following words: "This island is a wonder of nature. Anyone who sees it once, will never want to leave." The island was later given the name Santo Domingo and today it’s called the "Dominican Republic."
The tobacco plants for The Griffin's cigars are harvested in the Cibao valley, Dominican Republic. The cigar is built around a filler blend of especially long aged, Dominican Piloto Cubano, San Vicente and Criollo tobaccos, which are refined with a hint of Nicaraguan Jalapa Especial and some aromatic Peruvian Pelo de Oro. This blend is then wrapped in a mild Dominican Olor binder and the finishing touch is a sun-ripened Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper.
This review features the 5.5-inch by 46 ring gauge Special Edition Corona Extra.
TASTING NOTES: The Special Edition for 2012 came out of the gate with flavors of cooked oats, truffles and a touch of grass on the finish. There was also the buttery sweetness and nutty character of peanut brittle. The cigar displayed a savory character, likely due to the Olor tobacco that is used as the binder.
The flavors weren’t quite as bright and lively on the palate as a year ago, however, the cigar displayed better balance and more complexity this time around. The retrohale, which was searing in the last review, was much smoother and tender on my nasal mucosa.
The burn characteristics were also better this time around. Though the cigar displayed a small tunnel during the first half, this was hardly something to write home about. The draw was smooth and the burn line even, though slightly blistered. Overall, I couldn’t complain much about the performance.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The Griffin's Special Edition for 2012 is an approachable and interesting smoke and would likely be enjoyed by most cigar smokers. It weighed in at medium in body and strength and medium-full in flavor.
This is a sophisticated and complex smoke with a balanced set of flavors and a good dose of natural tobacco sweetness. As with most cigars made by Davidoff, the construction and burn were rock solid and therefore the cigar was a joy to smoke.
The only drawback for some will be the price. I personally like these sticks, but at nearly $11 per stick, they will be a stretch for some pocketbooks.
These cigars are being stored in their original box in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. They are packed in cello, which I have left intact and they are stored at a comfortable 68%RH. This is the second and final, postscript review. The Griffins special edition for 2012 has been resting for a total of 1 year, 3 months and 8 days prior to this review.
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