Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

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Cigar Details: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: J.C. Newman PENSA
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $6.45
  • Release Date: November 2020
  • Source: J.C. Newman

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The pressed Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda has a wrapper that is medium brown with some lightly raised and knotty veins. The seams are smooth in some areas and slightly raised in others while the head is very well finished. The cigar has the newly designed bands for the line and this version carries a color combination of a matte burgundy and gold and designates Corojo. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood, earth and tobacco sweetness while the foot brings wood and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings a very light cedar note along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Nicely pressed, and finished with a lovely cap, the Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda sports a wrapper that is Colorado in coloring. There is some tooth present, and the veins are small. The texture is silky throughout, and I am picking up aromas of stone fruit, spices, tobacco and rich earth.
John: The Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda is box pressed, presented in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with an integrated tear point to leave it intact. Aromas from the cigar included barnyard, prunes and cedar. From the foot, I could pick out a strong hay with dates underneath.
Jiunn: The Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda wrapper is almost velvety smooth. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give barnyard and a subtle white pepper spice. Aromas from the foot provide white pepper and nuts. Cold draw gives ripe plums and cedar.

Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with wood, mustiness and cinnamon. At a half inch in, the wood has become heavier and the cinnamon has become lighter. The retrohale brings toasted wood and light mustiness. At an inch in, the wood gains a toast note and the cinnamon has morphed into a general baking spice. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty and toasted wood with baking spice in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.
Seth: The first third opens with some soft spices and stone fruit notes. I am picking up some cherry and plum qualities. There are also some wood and earth qualities. It has a soft tobacco finish. In terms of strength and body, I would classify the cigar as a solid medium.
John: My first third started things out with sweet cedar, and a mild mustiness in the center. Some light plus red pepper flake was coming through at the end of the draw, with a medium length lingering finish. Both baking spices and chocolate settled into the retrohale some time later. As the cigar progressed, a dryness settled onto my palate through the post draw. By the 25 minute mark, leather joins the post draw.
Jiunn: The first third has a flavor mix of burnt toast, stale roasted nuts and baking spices. Retrohaling gives a pretty big hit of white pepper and trailing roasted nuts. The finish has a combination of stale nuts and baking spices on the rear palate. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

Second Third

Aaron: The second third continues on with the musty and toasted wood with baking spice in the background. At a quarter inch in, some earth joins the profile. At a half inch in, the earth has moved up to become even with the musty, toasted wood. The retrohale remains musty, toasted wood. At an inch and a quarter, the baking spice has departed. The third warps up with an even mix of musty, toasted wood and earth. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third begins to deliver some stronger spice notes and I am picking up some Asian spice qualities. There are some stone fruit notes present as well, and the finish is that of wood and earth. There are some leather notes present as well, and it is smoking around a medium level like before.
John: A complex start to the second third with flavors of creamy wood, baking spices and lingering red pepper flake with leather into the post draw. Roughly 10 minutes in, chocolate settled into the retrohale. Some light plus earth settles into the post draw by the halfway mark. In the bottom half, astringency comes through, lingering on the palate after each puff.
Jiunn: The second third creates no material changes. Still medium strength and body with burnt toast, stale roasted nuts and baking spices. The finish is a bit lengthier but it’s still the same stale nuts and baking spices.

Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

Final Third

Aaron: The final third continues with the even combination of musty, toasted wood and earth. At a half inch in, the earth takes a slight lead. The retrohale now has some dry earth just trailing the musty, toasted wood. At an inch in, the earthiness is now fairly full with the musty, toasted wood slightly further behind. As the cigar wraps up, the heavy earth was up front with the wood gaining a heavy toast and maintaining the mustiness. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.
Seth: The final third delivers a sweet spice profile that is paired with earth, tobacco and wood notes. There are faint stone fruit qualities, and I am picking up some faint cherry notes. Like before, it is smoking at that medium level.
John: Sweet wood and tannic cedar started things for the final third. A mild bitterness accents the wood as the last third progressed. No other flavor changes for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: Hello, this is your rewind and repeat button. The final third is still the same, with burnt toast, stale roasted nuts and baking spices. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but always self-corrected. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Great construction from beginning to end.
John: The burn was straight through the entire review, and required no attention.
Jiunn: The burn was almost perfect. The only thing making it not flawless were a couple touch-ups required to get the burn in line.

Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

Team Cigar Review: Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Draw was perfect for the cigar from start to finish.
John: The draw was slightly into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches.
Jiunn: The draw was initially pretty tight. But once I cut it a couple times at the bottom of the head, air flow opened up.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar had a pretty consistent flavor profile throughout as it was focused around musty and toasted wood with baking spice, and then as the earth joined in and built up, the baking spice departed. The Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda is a pretty serviceable cigar for a sub $7 price point. While it isn’t something I’d revisit all that often, I could see it being a good knock around cigar when you can’t completely focus on it but want to enjoy a cigar.
Seth: This was a fun little cigar and it delivered a solid flavor profile. Nothing impressive out of the Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda, but with the price it is a great little purchase. I really enjoyed the spice and stone fruit notes. I’m trying to remember the last time I had an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper too. Fun smoke.
John: The Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda surprised me in how approachable and pleasant it was. The flavor profile in the first third was the most complex, with the second and last thirds providing a balanced experience, but not the same level of engagement. Construction was nearly flawless with a perfect burn and a slightly resistant draw.This cigar provides a significant amount of flavor value at its price point. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 28 minutes.
Jiunn: This time, instead of typically saying some version of this was an average cigar, not for me, pass on it, I’m going to say this: Not all overall average cigars are made equal. Case in point, this Perla Del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda at ~$6 a cigar, the taste profile punches above it’s weight. The consistent flavors of burnt toast, stale roasted nuts and baking spices presented an almost good array of flavors at a fantastic price point. I actually wouldn’t mind smoking more of these.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$1.17

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.07

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$1.08

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.35

Cost/Point

$1.21

Scoring System

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