Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda

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Cigar Details: Cubariqueño Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda

  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Length: 5.62″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Zona
  • Blender: Hector Alfonso
  • Price: $9.94
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Source: Cubariqueño

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Cubariqueño Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda is on the lighter side of medium brown and looks like it has fine black dots all over it. There are a couple of prominently raised veins and while the seams are smooth, they are easily identifiable as the color of the wrapper seems to get darker from foot to head. There are three bands with the primary being the traditional Protocol design but in a silver and black color combination. The secondary strip band has the same colors and identifies the line while the foot band is a silver ribbon. The aroma from the wrapper is a wood forward barnyard funk. The foot brings wood and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings an airy cedar with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Cubariqueño Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda has a silver ribbon foot band, a primary silver and black band, and a small secondary “Official Misconduct” band. The aromas from the cigar included barnyard, faint milk chocolate and hay. In the foot, I was able to pick out mild raisins and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with aggressive black pepper, mustiness and light wood. At a half inch in, the pepper has mellowed and now it, the mustiness and wood are all even. The retrohale has a quick black pepper zing and then wood follows. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper and mustiness are paired up front while the wood is in the background. The strength in this third was medium-full.

First Third

Initial flavor impressions are creamy cedar, followed by medium, lingering baking spices that carry into the post draw. Some mid profile hay and cedar quickly join the mix. Lingering baking spices sit at the front of my tongue and lips. Some chocolate begins to develop as the first third settles in. By the halfway point, some mid profile citrus pushes through the cedar and hay.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood, mustiness and black pepper are all even again. At a half inch in, the wood and mustiness are even up front with the pepper in the background. The retrohale is now musty wood with light black pepper. At an inch in, a light char joins the wood. At an inch and a half in, the black pepper is quite light, but does have a long finish. The strength in this third remained at medium-full.

Second Third

The second third begins things with creamy baking spices and chocolate, with a baking spice and wood finish to each draw. Graham cracker sits in the middle of the profile by the mid point. Baking spices rapidly increase in intensity closing out the third.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the profile remains slightly charred wood and mustiness with the black pepper light in the background. At a half inch in, the char has picked up a fair amount. The retrohale is now charred and musty wood. At an inch in, the black pepper is gone from the profile and the char has increased even more. The cigar finishes up with heavily charred wood and mustiness. The strength remained at medium-full.

Final Third

Graham cracker, sweetness and an earth finish launch the last third. Sweet cedar takes up the middle of the flavor profile.

Burn

The burn was wavy throughout and the cigar went out once, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The cigars that I smoked all had varying levels of burn issues. The worst example required a touch-up halfway, a re-light in the first third, a touch-up in the second third, one more re-light in the second third and a re-light in the last third.

Draw

The draw was fairly snug and probably lead to the cigar going out.

Overall

The cigar began with aggressive black pepper, mustiness and light wood. The pepper lightened up at a half inch in. The second third saw a light char join in. The final third saw the char increase heavily and the black pepper drop out. Construction was OK, with a snug draw and slight burn issues. Strength was medium-full the whole way. The Cubariqueño Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda started fairly aggressive with the black pepper and ended with heavy char. The profile is a powerhouse but only provided an average enjoyment level for me. For those that like the strength and black pepper, they might find something they like here, but to me, the original release in the Toro vitola was much more complex and enjoyable. Not sure I’ll return to this vitola.

Aaron
John
GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
SubparFinal
Third
Good
GoodBurnAverage
GoodDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGood

Draw

All the cigars I smoked had a draw that fell in the ideal range, with one roughly 1 notch into the open spectrum, and the other was half a notch into the resistant spectrum.

Overall

The Cubariqueño Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda serves as an excellent anchor blend to the other cigars Protocol already released. Overall, the flavors were consistently good from start to finish, with enough complexity in each third to maintain my interest. The burn struggled at times, although it never seemed to impact the flavor experience. Total smoking time was quite good at 2 hours and 4 minutes.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.90

Cost/Point

$2.03

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.87

Cost/Point

$1.45

Scoring System

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