Team Cigar Review: Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

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Cigar Details: Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Desflorado
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra
  • Blender: James Brown
  • Price: $11.00
  • Release Date: March 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the box pressed Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda is dark tan with some hints of green and one green water spot on one side. There are some slightly raised veins present along with some raised seams, while the caps are very well applied. There are two bands, with the primary being black and silver and denoting the brand and line while the foot band is black, silver and red with the brand name abbreviation written out in Asian character style. The aroma from the wrapper is dry hay and earth while the foot brings cedar, sweet hay and earth. The pre-light draw brings lightly musty cedar with some floral notes and there is a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda is a decent looking cigar. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I came across a box pressed Connecticut corona gorda. Firm in hand, it has a Natural coloring. Not the prettiest wrapper, but there are some golden hay qualities. Silky in texture, the cigar has small veins throughout. Nice cap. Aromas of paper, hay, tobacco, earth and spices.
John: The Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar info and is positioned on the main body of the cellophane so it can be opened without tearing. For artisanal complications, the cigar has a sharp box press shape to it. The primary band indicates Paper Crane Black Works Studio and there is a secondary foot band in a Kanji style font indicating BLK WKS. I weighed the cigar at 9.7 grams and measured the humidity at 60.2% with the HumidiMeter Pro. Aromas from the wrapper included musty, dry wood somewhere between light plus and medium minus intensity. Out of the foot, I could pick out sweet tobacco, hay and faint chocolate.

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasty hay, earth and black pepper. At a half inch in, some toasted cedar joins the profile. The retrohale is a mix of toasted cedar and mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and hay are even up front, with the earth and black pepper a fair distance behind. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a combination of cedar, burnt paper, tobacco and pepper spices. There are some earth and coffee qualities as well, and the finish continues with a hay and creamy spice. Medium in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions are sweet tobacco, mildly dry hay to follow and finish as a delayed cinnamon spice at light plus strength lingers on the post draw. Tannic, lingering wood joins the finish and rapidly moves up to medium strength as it continues. Baking spices join the retrohale and also rapidly move up to medium strength. Creamy tobacco begins to lead off the retrohale as it continues, with medium spices and wood combining on the finish. Those spices continue to intensify capping out at medium-full. By half of an inch in, chocolate joins the retrohale with spices retreating to medium. For the remainder of the third, the profile settles to sweet tobacco, wood, just over medium spices and wood on the finish and post draw.

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

Second Third

Aaron: The second third sees a light creaminess join the profile. At a quarter inch in, the black pepper is very mild. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and hay with some earth. As the third wraps up, the toasted cedar and hay are even up front, with the earth and creaminess in the middle of the profile and mild black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The burnt paper notes are present in this third, but they are not entirely unpleasant, and they play a role in the blend. Cedar, tobacco and pepper spices remain. Pepper cream on the finish. Hay notes as well. Sausage gravy quality. Medium in strength and body.
John: The second third starts with creamy chocolate, tobacco and then a punch of spice at medium strength with chocolate accents into the post draw. The spices calm down to light plus with cinnamon returning to the finish. By the halfway point of the second third, mild wood has joined the finish and post draw. The retrohale is at light plus strength with some bread adding complexity in the center.

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level increases a bit and the earth is now right behind the toasted cedar and hay. At half an inch in, a light wood bitterness joins the profile. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and hay with some earth. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and hay are even up front, with the earth right behind. There is some creaminess and wood bitterness a fair bit behind and some mild black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The final third has a finish of spices, coffee, cream, cedar and hay. Paper and tobacco as well. Still medium in strength and body with a finish of earth. Easy finish.
John: Creamy tobacco and wood combine here as medium spices follow into the post draw with cinnamon accents. There is a delayed light plus wood in the post draw several seconds after a puff. Tobacco sweetness joins the beginning of each draw as the last third settles in. A mildly dry wood evolves on the finish and post draw as it progresses. Chocolate has returned to the middle of the retrohale by the halfway point.

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout and required a touch-up in the first third to keep things in line. The cigar went out once in the final third, requiring a re-light.
Seth: Average burn throughout. Not perfect.
John: The burn is relatively straight in the first third but becomes uneven, eventually requiring a touch-up. The burn develops unevenness in the second third as a section of wrapper isn’t burning, requiring a second touch-up. No issues through the last third as the burn is relatively straight.

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Solid draw. Little constricted.
John: The draw is at most one notch into the open spectrum which still puts it in the ideal range between open and resistant for an amazing draw.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasty hay, earth and black pepper. Some toasted cedar joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw a light creaminess join in. The final third saw some light wood bitterness join. The Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda had a nice and well balanced flavor profile through the first two thirds, but took a step down in the final third as the earth increased and some wood bitterness joined in. This is a pretty well done Connecticut shade with a mid-level strength level. I would come back to this cigar on occasion and I’d be interested in trying the Toro.
Seth: There were parts of the Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda I enjoyed, but at the same time many aspects I would like to have different with the cigar. I don’t like that it is pressed, and I am not a fan of this size. I think the blend would perform better in your standard round offering, and I think a robusto size would be better overall. It was too paper forward, and fortunately the blend still balanced it some and helped it. Maybe keeping the press would be fine in a larger size, but I still think it would just open the cigar up a little bit. Tight Connecticut, but there is potential.
John: The Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda represents yet another consistent, engaging and tasty cigar release from Black Works Studio. Each third delivered flavor combinations at varying levels of intensity that kept my attention and has me wanting to seek out more. The draw was perfect while the burn required two touch-ups to correct. With the Paper Crane sporting an Ecuadorian Connecticut, it reinforces that James Brown at Black Works Studio can deliver cigar blends across the entire strength spectrum. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
GoodPre
Light
AveragePre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
AverageFirst
Third
Good
GoodSecond
Third
AverageSecond
Third
Good
AverageFinal
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AverageFinal
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Good
AverageBurnAverageBurnGood
AmazingDrawGoodDrawAmazing
GoodOverallAverageOverallGood

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$1.69

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.15

Cost/Point

$2.14

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.97

Cost/Point

$1.58

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Black Works Studio Paper Crane Corona Gorda

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