Clearly my tastes are changing. It wasn’t that long ago that the only type of cigars that I wanted to smoke were super dark, maduro, full bodied smokes. These days, I find myself gravitating towards the habano wrapped cigars with sweet, spicy flavors. Today I will be reviewing the CLE Cuarenta Corona, which is Habano wrapped around a Honduran binder, and Dominican and Honduran fillers. The first time I tried the CLE Cuarenta was on a recent stop in Nashville Tennessee, and I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to give it another shot and see if it was as good as I remembered it.
The corona vitola of this cigar measures in at 5.75×46 and is a golden brown shade of tobacco leaf. The appearance of this cigar will not win it any awards, as the label is a very plain reddish color with silver letters and there are some very visible seems on the wrapper itself. However, the pre-light cut and draw reveal a perfect amount of resistance and already I can taste the delicious salty and savory flavor of the tobacco on my tongue.
After lighting the CLE Cuarenta, I remembered why I liked this cigar so much the first time; it has a very unique and complex sweet and spicy flavor. It’s actually difficult to pinpoint many of these flavors, but if you have ever opened your grandmothers spice cabinet you might have a hint as to what this cigar is all about. It’s a grand combination of spices all swirling together with a subtle honey sweetness on the finish. The spice flavors and the sweetness all combine brilliantly with the savory, salty flavor of the tobacco itself. It’s hard to put this cigar down, it just tastes too good!
The CLE puts out a excellent amount of satisfying smoke with each draw, but the thing that really blew me away was the fantastic performance of this cigar. I’m not the type of smoker that strives to win the longest ash competition, but the CLE’s ash held strong and firm, with zero effort on my part. Furthermore, the cigar burned wonderfully throughout the smoke, which allowed me to concentrate on the flavor and enjoyment of the cigar, rather than worry myself over how it was burning.
The Cuarenta was a full flavor cigar with a medium strength, although at times it did offer a little “kick” of strength just to keep things interesting. As I neared the finish of the CLE, it remained complex and even shifted a bit into a toasted nutty finale that was a very welcome flavor surprise. I could see myself smoking this cigar on a daily basis, although, at over $6 per stick, I can’t accurately place this cigar in the “daily smoke” category.
Would I smoke this cigar again? You better believe I would. In fact, as I was smoking the CLE Cuarenta, I was saying to myself, “This cigar is “box worthy.”” I loved it the first time I smoked it and I loved it even more the second time I had one.
- Awesome performance
- Solid flavors
- Flaky ash