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Monday, 01 May 2006

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Pre-Embargo Cuban is what Cumbres de Puriscal calls their cigars. T25C readers weigh in.

The Cumbres de Puriscal Green line is one of the top three brands from Cumbres de Puriscal, and all three are “the ones you'll remember us by” according to their well designed website.  Top25Cigar reviewed both the Cumbres de Puriscal Green Corona and Purisco Double Corona.  Please read our introuction here.

“Hand made of 100% long-filler tobacco, grown naturally on our own farm in the Costa Rican mountains.”  The Green Band line is targeted as the “mild to medium” flavored cigar of the top three lines, which include the stronger Silver line and the medium bodied Gold line.

We sampled the corona, a 6 ½ x 44 cigar that retails at their website for $112.50 for a bundle of 25.

The general consensus was that this was a decent looking cigar.  May not have been “humidor candy”, but it surely gave off a “smoke me” vibe.

“The cigar has a smooth, medium brown wrapper without prominent veins.  This is a good looking cigar, if not particularly exciting.”

“This cigar appeared to be a panatela size, with an attractive medium brown wrapper which was slightly veiny. It looked to be well constructed by appearance”

Quality and construction of a cigar is the area where reviewers usually vary the least in their opinions, and this was typical of the Cumbres de Puriscal Green Band Corona.  An “A minus” as the high point and a “D” as the low point when averaged would bring the rating right in line with all the other reviewers.  In general this was a better than average constructed smoke.

“The cigar was slightly firm to the touch, but burned evenly if a bit fast. It held its ash over an inch each time before falling off, and the ash appeared "hollow" when it dropped.”

“Cigar is obviously well made. A perfect draw and razor straight burn. Ash held for over an inch and was grayish-black in color. Cigar felt solid with no soft spots.”

“I found a few large stems in the filler causing the lumpy wrapper.”

The aroma of the Green Band Corona didn’t send anyone into uncontrollable cartwheels, and additionally seemed not to offend in any way.  So far the Cumbres de Puriscal Green Corona seems to be holding its own.

The rubber usually hits the road when discussing taste and overall smoking experience.  It was no different here.  Opinions varied greatly about both, invariably leading to our final overall grade of “C”.

“The taste of the cigar was almost non-existent at first, mild and flavorless like some of the Macanudo lines. About an inch in it picked up a slightly sweet flavor, with a hint of what reminded me of black cherry. The taste was somewhat inconsistent, coming and going throughout the cigar, once in awhile picking up just a hint of earthy flavor. About 3/4 of the way through it picked up an acrid flavor, despite being smoked slowly, and became unpleasant. The aftertaste it left wasn't pleasant either.”

“This cigar is average at best. While not offensive, there is nothing to really talk up about this one except for maybe the pre-light experience. There are too many other cigars to spend one's money on.”

“While this cigar causes some initial excitement with its unique aroma, the smoke is slightly above average.  I wonder if this isn’t young tobacco because as the cigar got hotter, some strong grassy flavors came through.  I think ageing would help.

There you have it readers.  Our final grade of “C” is a general compilation of the reviewers’ thoughts.  In this case, as stated in the introduction, we have included all 10 reviewers’ individual opinions below to better let you make your own judgment of “final grade”.

You’ll see an asterisk by the users that had extensive experience with Cuban and pre-embargo Cuban cigars.  It’s interesting to point out, that these folks were the harshest critics of the cigar.

Reviewer

Appearance

Quality &
Construction

Aroma

Taste &
Aftertaste

Overall Smoking Experience

1

B+

B

C

C-

C-

2

B-

B-

B

C

C

3

C-

D

D

D

F

4

B

A-

B

B+

A-

5*

B

B+

C+

C+

C+

6*

B

C-

B-

F

D-

7

C

B

C+

C-

C

8*

C

C

C

C-

C

9*

B

B+

B+

B

B

10*

C

C

B+

D

C-

 

Vital Statistics:
Size: 6 1/2 x 44
Shape: Corona
Wrapper: Costa Rica
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Costa Rica
Est. Cost: $4.50



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