Team Cigar Review: Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

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Cigar Details: Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Length: 5.62″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Costa Rica
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Claro
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacos de Costa Rica
  • Blender: Isaias Santana Diaz and Andres Leon
  • Price: $9.00
  • Release Date: June 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda is dark tan/light brown and has a couple of lightly raised veins that carry a lighter color to them. The seams are smooth and the caps very well applied. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional red, gold and white design for the brand. The secondary band is forest green and gold and denotes Lumina. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of cedar and hay while the foot brings dusty and slightly sweet cedar. The pre-light draw brings an aged and lightly sweet cedar.
Seth: The Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda is a great looking cigar. Nice classic Natural looking wrapper with small veins throughout. Firm in hand, the cigar has a fine gritty texture. Leather and finely sanded wood. Aromas of warm spices, leather and sweet tobacco.
John: The Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with an integrated tear space to remain intact when opened. There is a primary Flor de D’Crossier band along with a ‘LUMINA’ secondary band. I weighed the cigar at 12.3 grams and the humidity as measured with a HumidiMeter Pro was 59.5%. Aromas from the wrapper included mild, sweet tobacco combined with hay. From the foot, I was getting barnyard, nuts and wood.
Jiunn: The Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda is a lot to type and say. Wrapper shade is Colorado, veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas provide ample barnyard and white pepper spice. Cold draw gives aged cedar and hints of hay.

Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and light amounts of earth and mustiness. At a half inch in, the mustiness moves to the middle of the profile. The retrohale is a fuller version of the same profile from the mouth draws. At an inch and a quarter in, a light creaminess joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar up front, with mustiness in the middle, earth right behind that and light creaminess in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a nice flavor profile of sweet spices, leather, cinnamon, sweet tobacco and cedar. It is very balanced and I would classify as medium in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions are creamy tobacco, mild wood, and then nuts on the post draw. That post draw gives way to dry wood after a few seconds. A mild vegetal finish joins but is pushed to the side by sweet tobacco and wood. Graham cracker comes through the center of the retrohale as it progresses.
Jiunn: The first third provides a smooth and flavorful delivery of roasted nuts, soft bread and spicy cedar. The spicy cedar is accentuated on the retrohale. The finish is medium in length with cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the creaminess increases slightly. At a quarter inch in, the earth is now even with the mustiness in the middle of the profile and the creaminess has departed. The retrohale remains toasted cedar with some earth and mustiness a bit behind. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with earth and mustiness in the middle and the cream has returned to be very faint in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third is very similar to that of the first, but it is an enjoyable flavor profile with just enough complexity to keep me entertained. It has that sweet tobacco, warm spice, leather and cedar profile while smoking around medium still for strength and body.
John: The second third brings creamy baking spices out of the gate with a light wood to finish. Sweet tobacco moves into the center of the retrohale as it settles in. As the cigar reaches the halfway point, hay is finishing each puff and lingering into the post draw.
Jiunn: The second third’s consistency of flavors waver. When it’s good, it’s the same as the first third. When it’s not, it’s a mundane monotone cedar. Strength and body remains medium.

Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the profile becomes a bit smoother as the cedar isn’t as dry and detailed. The retrohale is now a smooth and even mic of the toasted cedar earth and mustiness. At three quarters of an inch in, a light vegetal note joins the profile while the toast level also picks up a bit. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar is up front, with earth and mustiness in the middle and creaminess and vegetal note in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with that of the first and the second. Tobacco, warm spices, leather and cedar. Medium in strength and body. Smooth to the end.
John: Creamy tobacco is my first impression in the last third with wood and mild dryness on the finish. As the cigar continues towards the halfway point, hay joins the post draw.
Jiunn: The final third still has the same issue of consistency. But overall, it’s a one dimensional cedar flavor experience. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was straight throughout, and the ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Beautiful burn. Perfect burn. McTavish Burn.
John: The burn was uneven at the beginning of the first third, eventually straightening out. It continued straight for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw was right in the ideal zone between open and resistant.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and light amounts of earth and mustiness. Some light creaminess joined in a bit later. The second third saw the creaminess depart and then reappear at the end of the third. The final third saw a light vegetal note join in. Construction was absolutely perfect. The Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda started out well, with a nice combination of flavors. The second third took a step back as the creaminess departed for a bit. The final third was on it’s way to stepping back up, but when the vegetal note joined in, it threw off the balance of the profile. I’m always interested in trying cigars from Costa Rica, and if Santana is involved, it adds a bit more intrigue as he’s been able to do some great work. This cigar was close to being good, and I’m curious if another vitola in the line might be able to shine a bit more. I’ll try to see if I can make that happen, but this cigar is just on the edge of making me want to come back to it.
Seth: It’s been a minute with Flor de D’Crossier, but this Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda was a good stick. Price is fantastic on this balanced blend. The flavors were there as well and a nice level of complexity was delivered. Great vitola as well with awesome construction. There are a lot of qualities that make this a really good cigar, one of them also being that it is named Lumina like my 1999 Chevy Lumina, and that is why I would recommend buying these up. Really enjoyable blend.
John: I enjoyed the first third of the Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda, it reminded me of some classic Flor de D’Crossier offerings. By the second third, the cigar was pleasant but I found it lacking in depth or complexity and that experience carried through into the last third as well. Both the burn and the draw were perfect. I think the price point on the Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda is affordable, but the flavor performance didn’t do enough to make me want to return to this offering. There are other Flor de D’Crossier releases that I would choose over this. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Jiunn: This Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda had a lot of promise. What I was hoping for was a great priced cigar delivering what Santana does best. That is, a flavorful and balanced blend that focuses on flavor and not strength. The actual experience however was an inconsistent blend that has a lot of that DNA but just did not deliver to full completion. Given the inconsistencies, this is a pass for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.48

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$1.26

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.48

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.48

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Flor de D’Crossier Seleccion Escogida Lumina Corona Gorda

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