BACKGROUND: This review presents another bright star in the constellation of new boutique cigar brands: Urbano Cigars. Urbano cigars are the brainchild of former executive chef, Matt Urbano, who's passion for cigars began 20 plus years ago while working in the restaurant industry. Urbano has always had a passion for food, rich flavors, and complex textures. After an unexpected relocation to Tampa he quickly became steeped in the local area’s rich cigar history.
One of Matt's neighbors turned out to be a master cigar blender who would travel regularly between Tampa and the Dominican Republic. Trusting his new friend and his own palate he took his passion for flavor and teamed up with this cigar master to create his new line of cigars.
The Urbano portfolio contains 3 lines of cigars. The lightest in body and strength is the Connecticut, which is smooth and creamy with a distinctive grassiness. The Sumatra is a little fuller in body and strength and is touted as an afternoon cigar. The Corojo is the strongest of the three and is a Dominican Puro, meaning that all tobaccos—filler, binder and wrapper—come from one country; in this case, the Dominican Republic.
The Urbano Corojo is blended from carefully aged tobaccos. It is created with tobaccos that have been aged for 3 years and then triple fermented.
The Corojo comes packaged in boxes of 20 cigars. This review’s featured Corojo is the 6-inch by 50 ring gauge Torpedo.
The wrapper on this cigar has a tortoise shell appearance and the texture is like leather. The veins are rippling on the surface of the leaf and are white so that they stand out on the almost golden brown leaf. The nose on the filler and wrapper are ripe with fresh hay and roasted nuts.
TASTING NOTES: The Urbano Corojo Torpedo starts with flavors of dark roasted coffee and aromatic cedar. And, there is a gentle pepper spice on the retrohale.
At about the one-third mark, the tobacco sweetness starts to kick in and this really ties the flavors together. When you have any slightly bitter characters, like those found in coffee or woody notes, you absolutely need some natural tobacco sweetness to shine through to moderate the bitterness. That’s why Italians and Cubans, when they drink their espresso, put generous amounts of sugar into it. The sweetness offsets the bitter notes and allows you to enjoy the flavor in the coffee and allows you to experience the richness of the flavors without having that bitter bite.
The draw on this stick was very smooth and the burn line was roughly even, though a bit blistered. The medium gray ash was very dense and held on firm until I chose to tap off.
I’d say this cigar is medium in strength and medium to full in body and flavor during the first half.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half the flavors became much more intense with some earthy notes and a long, savory-sweet finish. The cigar finished medium in strength, medium-full in body and medium-full in flavor.
This cigar is pretty complex and would make an excellent choice for most any smoker. The body and flavor profile may be challenging to the newbie, but I would still recommend that newbies give it a try. For more experienced smokers it would be easily approachable and would be a great choice as an afternoon/evening smoke.
The greater challenge may be finding some of these smokes to buy. Currently the Urbano website lists retailers, which are mostly on the East Coast. Nevertheless, the Urbano Corojo is a great example of an excellent newcomer to the boutique cigar market and is a brand well worth a try.
These cigars have been kept in a plastic cigar bag on one of the shelves of my. Each cigar came with an extra protective cellophane cover, but I did not have a separate box to store them in, thus the secondary protective plastic bag. The cabinet humidor has an active humidification system set at 68%RH and the temperatures are still ranging between 66 in the evening to 69°F in the evening.
This is the first of two podcast reviews on this batch of sticks, which have been aging for nearly 3 months.
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