Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Private Blend Corojo No. 4 Robusto

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Cigar Details: Southern Draw Private Blend Corojo No. 4 Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Honduran Corojo ’99
  • Binder: Nicaraguan and Honduran Corojo ’99
  • Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran Corojo ’99
  • Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
  • Blender: Robert Holt
  • Price: $9.99
  • Release Date: June 2019
  • Source: Southern Draw

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Southern Draw Private Blend Corojo No. 4 Robusto is light brown and has a network of slightly raised veins present. The seams are smooth and barely visible while the head is finished off with a well applied double cap. There are two bands. The primary band has the Navy Seal Foundation logo and the secondary strip band has a similar design to other cigars from the brand but carries some of the same colors as the primary band and denotes the line name. The aroma from the wrapper is sweet hay while the foot brings wood and grassiness. The pre-light draw is sweet and slightly dry cedar with a mild spiciness.

Pre-light Experience

The Southern Draw Private Blend Corojo No. 4 Robusto has a UPC code on the cellophane designed to stay intact once the cellophane is opened. Always a great design touch for brick and mortar retailers. The cigar features primary and secondary bands and the wrapper is a golden brown color. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet cedar and faint barnyard. In the foot, simply sweet tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Southern Draw Private Blend Corojo No. 4 Robusto has an oily Colorado wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep wrap. Aromas from the wrapper give cedar, nuts and wet barnyard. Aromas from the foot tell ripe prunes, cedar and a hint of dry red pepper. Cold draw gives a bountiful creamy nuttiness and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with a slightly dry cedar and some baking spice. At a half inch in, the profile becomes a bit drier even though some mustiness has joined in. The retrohale is musty cedar with a mild spiciness. At an inch in, the baking spice transitions to more of a black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the profile remains drying cedar, mustiness and black pepper. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with a blast of spicy cedar and lingering post draw spices on my tongue and lips. Medium to medium plus strength cedar takes up the middle of the profile right out of the gate. Some lingering post draw pepper sits at the back of my throat as the cigar progresses. Sweetness comes through at the end of the draw as the first third settles. Cocoa comes through in the middle of the retrohale by the 20 minute mark. Some time later, lingering dry cedar joins the post draw.

First Third

From initial draw, the cigar has a deep level of fresh black pepper spiciness and associated heat. There’s also a good amount of bread, mixed nuts and cedar that helps to balance out the spice levels. Retrohaling gives a tremendous nostril torching black pepper spice, but also manages to become creamier (bread, nuts). The finish has the black pepper spice and heat on the mid and rear palate, in which it never ends until I’m ready for another draw. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the same combination of flavors and dryness. At a half inch in, the cedar and mustiness are up front while the pepper is light in the background. The retrohale is musty cedar with a slight pepper bite. At an inch in, some char joins the cedar. As the third comes to a close, the profile is slightly charred cedar, mustiness and faint black pepper. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

Sweet cedar and medium minus spices define the profile moving into the second third. There are still lingering spices on the post draw, but the strength is down a full grade compared to previously. Some biscuit joins the retrohale as the second third settles in, at light plus. Post draw dry cedar is present a few minutes later. Sweet cedar joins the middle of the flavor profile by the halfway point.

Second Third

The second third provides the same experience as the first third. Still upfront spice heavy with black pepper and associated trailing bread, mixed nuts and cedar. The finish is the main thought though, giving a spicy and subtle sweetness/creaminess that lingers for minutes on end. Strength and body is still medium-full and medium, respectively.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char has lightened up a bit and the black pepper has left the profile. At a half inch in, the char increases back to its previous level. The retrohale now has cedar, dry earth and mustiness. At three quarters of an inch in, the dry earth makes its way to the mouth draws. At an inch in, the cigar warms up, bringing a vegetal note to the profile. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is slightly charred cedar, dry earth, mustiness and a vegetal note. The strength remained at medium.

Final Third

The retrohale consist of cedar with spices to finish that mix in with the cedar. The post draw is lingering cedar as the last third settles in. I noticed that between draws, as the cedar fades, it’s replaced with a green, fresh cedar flavor. By the halfway point, some earth comes through at the end of each draw, and lasts into the post draw.

Final Third

The last third tips the balance such that there’s far more spice influence, which cuts out the softer notes. And for this reason, it has become a bit of an average tasting experience. Strength and body finishes the same medium plus and medium.

Burn

The burn line was wavy throughout and needed a touch-up at one point to keep things on track. The cigar did go out once in the first third, requiring a re-light.

Burn

The burn is slightly offset at times, but nothing to complain about. Ash holds on well up to 2 inches throughout the review.

Burn

Aside from a couple touch-ups to get the burn line on track, the burn performance was great. Cool burning temperature, solid ashes and good smoke production.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with a slightly dry cedar and some baking spice. Some mustiness joined in fairly quickly. The baking spice later transitioned to black pepper. The second third saw the some char join in. The final third saw the pepper leave and some dry earth and a vegetal note join. The profile was fairly dry as well. Construction was pretty good and strength was around medium the whole way. The flavor profile of the Southern Draw Private Blend Corojo No. 4 Robusto was fairly average throughout as the dry cedar put a bit of a damper on things. I think this was due to the amount of Honduran tobacco in the blend. This is probably not something I would return to frequently as a dry profile is not my cup of tea. If you choose to try this, I’d recommend having some water or whatever your drink of choice is nearby.

Draw

The draw was extremely resistant, approaching 4-1/2 to 5 notches. It did open up to 3-1/2 to 4 notches of resistance by the second third.

Overall

The word that comes to mind when I think about the Southern Draw Private Blend Corojo No. 4 Robusto, is disappointing. I’ve said many times in the past that I think Southern Draw is putting out some of the most consistently good cigars from Tabacalera AJ Fernandez, each with their own distinct flavor profile. In the case of the Private Blend Corojo No. 4, the cigar never seems to establish a core flavor profile and draw my interest. Additionally, while the burn was excellent, I was shocked at the tightness of the draw, as I believe that Tabacalera AJ Fernandez has consistently excellent construction. No one is perfect all the time, so I’ve chalked it up to the outlier out of 1,000 cigars. This cigar would appeal to cigar smokers who are looking for that spicy Corojo flavor. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 41 minutes.

Draw

The draw was slightly snug but still considered very good and a non-issue.

Overall

I’ll admit that this flavor profile in no way matches my wheelhouse. But when reviewing a cigar, it’s not about if a cigar matches my personal tastes. It’s way more about if the cigar had good complexities/transitions, non off-putting notes and allowed the various blended tobaccos to shine and work as intended. For these reasons, I do think the Southern Draw Private Blend Corojo No. 4 Robusto was a good cigar. There is plenty of black pepper spice and heat with trailing sweetness and creaminess (less in the final third). The blend worked well and as such, I overall thought it was in the good category.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$1.85

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.00

Cost/Point

$2.00

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$1.52

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Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Private Blend Corojo No. 4 Robusto
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