Personal Cigar Review: Foundation Charter Oak Especiales Pasquale

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Cigar Details: Foundation Charter Oak Especiales Pasquale

  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Jalapa
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Estelí and Jalapa
  • Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
  • Blender: Nicholas Melillo
  • Price: $13.00
  • Release Date: October 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the box pressed Foundation Charter Oak Especiales Pasquale is dark brown with some lighter spots, some lightly raised veins and some toothiness. The seams are smooth and the head is finished with a tightly wound pigtail. The band is gold, red and blue with an image of an oak tree on front and the brand and line name. The aroma from the wrapper and foot are both just a very faint cedar note. The pre-light draw brings an airy cedar and light floral note along with a mild spiciness on my lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted oak, earth and black pepper. The smoke is very chewy. At a quarter inch in, some bakers chocolate mixes in with the earth. The retrohale is toasted oak, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close the toasted oak is just ahead of the earth, with black pepper a fair bit behind and some bakers chocolate hanging on in the background. The strength was slightly above medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the earth becomes even with the toasted oak up front and the bakers chocolate has departed. The retrohale is now toasted oak and earth with mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak and earth are even up front, with the black pepper just behind the halfway mark. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the black pepper is now very mild. The retrohale remains toasted oak and earth with mild black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted oak and earth remain even up front, with mild black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Burn

The cigar went out twice in quick succession in the middle of the first third and then no issues after that.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with toasted oak, earth and black pepper. Some bakers chocolate joined in a bit later. The second third saw the bakers chocolate depart. The final third saw the black pepper become very mild. The Foundation Charter Oak Especiales Pasquale had a nice start, with the bakers chocolate providing a nice accent. The second third dropped a level as the chocolate departed and the earth picked up and the profile remained at that level the rest of the way. Overall, a fairly average smoking experience and not something I’d really see myself returning to.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$2.20

Scoring System

Aaron
AveragePre
Light
GoodFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
GoodBurn
AmazingDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Foundation Charter Oak Especiales Pasquale

Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Foundation Charter Oak Especiales Pasquale

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