Team Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Super Fly Super Corona

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Cigar Details: Oscar Valladares Super Fly Super Corona

  • Vitola: Corona
  • Length: 5.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Oscar Valladares
  • Blender: Oscar Valladares
  • Price: $9.00
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Source: Oscar Valladares

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The Oscar Valladares Super Fly Super Corona wrapper is on the darker side of medium brown but has some even darker marbling present. The seams are well hidden in the camouflage of the veins and dark marbling. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The band is fairly large for the vitola size and spans around about 80% of it. It denotes the brand and line and has an attractive black, purple and gold color combination. The wrapper only gives a very light wood note while the foot brings a fuller combination of wood and bread. The pre-light draw gives me a bit of green grape sweetness along with some hay and a light spice.

Pre-light Experience

The Oscar Valladares Super Fly Super Corona has this antique brown coloring to it, really dark Natural, and it is dry in texture with a little bit of grit. There are a few veins present on the wrapper and I am getting an aroma of brown sugar, paprika, leather and wood from the wrapper and foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Oscar Valladares Super Fly Super Corona has a striking metallic purple band with gold metallic writing on it. The wrapper is quite dark and very smooth. Nosing the wrapper, I pick up aromas of leather with fresh cedar. In the foot, just sweet hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, sharp black pepper and a light cocoa powder. At a half inch in, the black pepper has become quite smooth as it has paired up with a light mustiness that has joined in. The retrohale carries wood, earthiness and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, a faint floral note is detectable on random draws. As the third comes to a close, some earthiness joins in to replace the cocoa as the wood is up front and musty black pepper right behind. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with a plethora of flavors. I am getting touches of peppery spice, dry wood, aged tobacco, spicy mint and black coffee. It is complex and really giving my palate a running. On top of that, the cigar is smoking at a medium-full level in body and strength, adding to the overall experience and the flavors are around medium-full as well.

First Third

Creamy chocolate, with light leather on the post draw to open up the first third. The chocolate joins with barbecue on the retrohale. On the middle of the profile, baking spices rapidly develop. Molasses starts to finish each draw, then immediately hands off to that post draw leather. As the cigar settles in, the post draw leather moves up to medium quickly, lingering significantly between draws. Medium strength pepper joins the profile lingering along with the leather. The flavor strength begins to move up to medium-full across the board, with the pepper settling at full on the post draw. At the 20 minute mark, chocolate takes over the middle of the profile, as the leather moves up from the post draw to join it.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the wood, musty black pepper and earth while a slight bitterness has joined in. At three quarters of an inch in, all of the components are at an equal level and the overall flavors are a bit muddled. The retrohale is now musty wood and earth. At an inch and a half, the profile has dropped the wood and black pepper and is now just musty earth. As the third comes to a close, some wood and wood bitterness rejoin the musty earth.The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Second Third

When I get into the second third I find some transitioning taking place and I am picking up solid herbal notes. There is that peppery spice present as well, a lot of smoked paprika, and has a finish of wood and tobacco. I found this third to be more full in terms of body and strength, and the flavors still at a medium-full level.

Second Third

Smokey barbecue is at the front of the profile as the cigar transitions into the second third. Leather and molasses round out the post draw, slightly pushing into the middle of the profile. Pepper returns at medium strength, with smokey chocolate in the middle profile, dry cedar finishing the draw as the cigar settles in. A while later, light plus hay moves into the middle of the profile. The second third is interesting, but the flavors never seem to harmonize here, moving quickly from one combination to another.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the musty earth and wood while the bitterness has gone away. At a half inch in, a faint floral note is detectable again. Shortly after, the bitterness returns. The retrohale consists of musty earth. At an inch in, the bitterness has really made its mark on the profile and it is a bit acrid. As the cigar comes to a close, the bitterness has eased up quite a bit while the musty earth and wood are up front. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

I am in the final third now and finding a slight bit of transitioning from the second third. I am picking up some herbal and lemon citrus qualities and the finish is of dry wood and black coffee. There is not a lot of spice present, but just a touch to play off the black coffee notes. Like the second third, I found the cigar to be at a full level in strength and body with flavors around medium-full.

Final Third

The final third launches with sweetness and hints of molasses returning to the front of the profile. Smokey earth fills the middle of the profile as it settles in. That earth expands into the post draw. By the halfway point, the earth and sweetness take over the profile. I never found the last third found its footing, leaving the profile largely defined by sweet earth.

Burn

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

Burn

The burn on the cigar was very good from start to finish. Was never perfect, but so close. Either way, no problems.

Burn

The Super Fly started out straight, and remains straight throughout the smoking experience with great ash length.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with wood, sharp black pepper and cocoa powder. As it progressed, the pepper smoothed out and some mustiness and earth joined in and held it’s place for most of the cigar. The final third was hit with an acrid bitterness that caused things to finish on a fairly low note. The construction was absolutely perfect. I was interested to smoke the Oscar Valladares Super Fly Super Corona, but it never really got off the ground for me. The flavor profile was pretty average and the flavors were muddled at times. The final third was a bit of a disappointment from an already average experience. I might be interested in trying another vitola to see if it provides a better experience, but as of now, this isn’t really something I could recommend.

Draw

The draw on this “Super Corona” was fantastic and showed how well a corona can smoke when blended and made well.

Overall

Overall, I enjoyed the Oscar Valladares Super Fly Super Corona. The packaging was a little over the top, but at the same time perfect for the name of the cigar. The blend itself backed up the packaging and overall presentation of the cigar, and that is what is important. If you are going to have a cigar with this level of packaging, it better be good. I liked the transitioning between each third and how all the tobacco played off of one another in the cigar. This was a balanced blend, and while it was closer to full in strength and body throughout, this is a cigar that a lot of people could smoke and enjoy. The coffee and spicy mint notes in the beginning were awesome, and the subtle spice and coffee notes on the finish made for a great ending.

Draw

The draw is very good, with approximately 1-1/2 notches of resistance.

Overall

The first third of the Super Fly has a lot to offer. Flavors of creamy chocolate, leather, barbecue, cedar, baking spices, molasses and pepper. Those flavors harmonize well, but that profile falls apart rapidly in the second third, and becomes an average profile of sweet leather by the last third. The Oscar Valladares Super Fly Super Corona is not for the faint of heart as the flavors reach full bodied, with medium full strength to match. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.05

Cost/Point

$1.78

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$1.37

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$1.51

Scoring System

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