Personal Cigar Review: Saga Solaz Corona

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Cigar Details: Saga Solaz Corona

  • Vitola: Corona
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 44
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: De Los Reyes
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $9.00
  • Release Date: August 2023
  • Source: De Los Reyes

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Saga Solaz Corona is light brown and has some lightly raised veins along with some large veins under the wrapper. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. There are two bands, with one over the top of the other. The larger band is gold and black and denotes the line, while the smaller band over the top is gold and burgundy and denotes the brand. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of hay and earth while the foot brings cedar and light stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw is a mix of cedar and cardboard.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted cedar, earth and light baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice transitions to black pepper. The retrohale is toasted cedar and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper is pretty mellow, but has a long finish. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the dry earth, with black pepper in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the black pepper picks up a bit. At a half inch in, the black pepper gains a bit of a tinny note. The retrohale is now toasted cedar with light earth and black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the dry earth with lightly tinny black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted cedar and dry earth are now even up front while the black pepper is very mellow. The retrohale is now just toasted cedar and earth. At three quarters of an inch in, a light wood bitterness becomes present. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front with light black pepper and wood bitterness in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.

Burn

The burn was straight throughout and the ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with toasted cedar, earth and light baking spice. The baking spice transitioned to black pepper a bit later. The second third saw the black pepper gain a bit of a tinny note. The final third saw a light wood bitterness join in. The construction was absolutely perfect. The Saga Solaz Corona started well, with a nice combination of flavors, but as the black pepper gained a tinny note in the second third, the flavor profile dropped down a level and maintained that the rest of the way. This Corona was a bit of a step up over the Robusto for me. I wouldn’t see myself coming back to this all that often, but it’s a pretty effortless smoke with a serviceable flavor profile and I could see people gravitating towards it.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.48

Scoring System

Aaron
AveragePre
Light
GoodFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
AmazingBurn
AmazingDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Saga Solaz Corona

Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Saga Solaz Corona

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