Blind Cigar Review: El Cuje | Maravillas Collection No. 1
Blind Cigar Review: El Cuje | Maravillas Collection No. 1

Blind Cigar Review: El Cuje | Big Boss Collection Toro Gordo

Vital Stats:

Length: 5.5″
Ring Gauge: 56
Country of Origin: Undisclosed
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Nicaraguan
Blender: Undisclosed
Number of reviewers: 5 —– (WyldKnyght) (Djangos) (mjohnsoniii) (Ms_CindyLynn) (StogieNinja)
Price: Undisclosed
Age: 5 Months Rest
Release Date: July 2013
Contributed by: La Cosecha Cigars

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

Blind Cigar Review: El Cuje | Big Boss Collection Toro Gordo
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Initial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“This cigar is very smooth without any blemishes. It's light brown with a nice sheen to it. It's a looker.” – (mjohnsoniii)

Aroma: 90

“The major aroma is barnyardy in character with hay and grass predominating. There is also some tobacco and leather. Some coffee is present in the background. Not much sweet flavors present on the dry draw but some woodsy character is apparent.” – (Djangos)

Construction: 90

Construction appears flawless. Seams are flat with very little veins. Uniformly round with a perfect triple cap on top. By all appearances this is a perfectly constructed cigar. However, smoking will reveal major construction issues.” – (StogieNinja)

Blind Cigar Review: El Cuje | Big Boss Collection Toro Gordo
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First Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“A very nice nutty flavor on the original draw. Mellow sweet flavor, very enjoyable.” – (WyldKnyght)

“The main components of the first third was oak, spice and earthy tobacco. There was a tiny hint of cloves for a few puffs. The cigar was smoking away with a smooth feel.” – (Ms_CindyLynn)

Second Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Mild-Medium
Body/Complexity: Light-Medium

“There is some pepper beginning to appear in this third, unfortunately the cardboard like flavor is persisting. The hay like flavors are present but seem to be drowned by the predominant harshness. Towards the midpoint of the cigar the wrapper is beginning to crack and there is a bulge in the middle. The burn is slightly skewed but no touchups are necessary. The smoke is copious and creamy in nature.” – (Djangos)

“Cardboard. There was absolutely nothing that appealed to me up to this point. I hate to give a cigar a rating this low, but this one? Harsh is the only way I can describe it.” – (mjohnsoniii)

Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The last third was mainly oak and it picked up in strength a little bit. The smoke was still smooth and enjoyable.” – (Ms_CindyLynn)

“There's not a lot of change into the final third. Still a nice wood, light nuttiness and some baking spices. Just barely in the final third, the cigar begins to grow quite hot, which I find odd given its thickness. I smoke about a half inch into the final third then let it go.” – (StogieNinja)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 90

“No issues with the draw, very good from start to finish.” – (WyldKnyght)

Burn: 91

“The burn line was great. Didn't have to adjust the smoke at any point. The reason why I give it close to perfect is because the ash was a bit flaky and fell a few times.” – (Ms_CindyLynn)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 87

“Very good cigar, although one dimensional. Very nice sweet nutty flavor, with nice even burn and solid ash.” – (WyldKnyght)

“The first couple of thirds were marked by a cardboard like flavor that lent a kind of harshness to the cigar. Later this calmed down but the new flavors were not interesting enough to make this a good cigar. Some herbal quality was present that some may like but definitely not my profile.” – (Djangos)

“Momma said, ‘If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.'” – (mjohnsoniii)

“For the experience, again, I was relatively surprised with the flavors and experience overall. I'm not a typical fan of cigars with a bigger ring gauge, but this was enjoyable. I would consider smoking this cigar in the morning with a coffee.” – (Ms_CindyLynn)

“This cigar was perplexing and it was difficult to decide on a score. On one hand at times it could be rich and delicious, with wood, leather, baking spices and even some nuts. On the other hand, at times it was thin and harsh. On the whole, it was decent, but not something I would seek out again if my experience was common. Scoring was made difficult given the major construction issues revealed in smoking. Based on my experience, I could only recommend this stick if my experience was an anomaly.” – (StogieNinja)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 88

Total Score: 89 (Good)

Reviewer Appea-
Aroma Constr. 1/3 2/3 3/3 Draw Burn Overall
90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90
90 90 91 88 87 88 92 89 88
90 84 94 74 71 70 90 93 72
90 90 90 90 90 90 100 97 85
93 91 84 88 86 89 87 84 85
Overall 90 90 90 89 88 89 90 91 87

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