This review is more objective than most because this mysterious cigar includes no manufacturer identification on its band - just the words "Corojo Especial" and lots of flowery bronze artwork. I took it on vacation with no Internet access, and smoked it without knowing who made it - a blind taste test if there ever was one. After I came home I did some frenzied web searching, because I absolutely had to know.
Lo and behold, it's a Rocky Patel toss-off, a cheap bundled production that apparently didn't make the grade in the marketplace. But just because it's cheap doesn't mean I can forget what happened when I smoked it: The Corojo Especial simply blew me away.
It's expertly rolled, with a beautiful deep brown hue, slightly coarse in appearance but constructed as expertly as a $12.00 cigar. It lit and drew perfectly (an open but cool draw, just the way I like it) and tasted as good as any top-line corojo I've smoked. The smoke was full-bodied but medium in strength, with lots of flavor, never a bitter streak, and fine performance to the nub. This is one of those cigars that makes you feel like you're eating your favorite dessert; it just keeps delivering puff after puff of nutty, earthy, creamy pleasure. I had to restrain myself from chugging on it like a choo-choo train.
Did I like this cigar, you ask? Here are a few comparisons to help you picture its flavor:
- As smooth as a Don Pepin Serie JJ belicoso, but with more (yes, more!) nuance and body.
- As rich and full-flavored as a Rocky Patel Olde World robusto corojo, but with no tendency towards heat or bitterness.
- Very comparable to a Camacho corojo torpedo, and creamier (yes, picture that!)
- Finer and fuller than a Rocky Patel Edge corojo toro on a good day.
- Light years smoother than Indian Tabac Classic corojo - which is a damned fine cigar for 2 bucks (and the Corojo Especial hardly costs much more).
I'm damned tempted to buy two or three bundles of these before everybody else finds out. They're only $49.95 for a bundle of 20 at the cigarsdirect site. I'd say buy a bundle and split them up with your friends, but you might regret that. After you've smoked one, you'll probably want to keep the rest for yourself.