"Overall it had good flavors through and through. The strength of this cigar was more then I was expecting. The smoke output was a lot. The smoke texture was thick and really stuck to the palate. Musty mineral and rich earthy coffee notes. No sweetness to this smoke. Retrohale was very strong musty black pepper." -Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
Fratello Cigars is adding a new size to the Arlequin line: Arlequin Corona Gorda. The new vitola will make its debut June 2023. The Arlequin was first introduced as part of the Fratello Space Fresh Pack in 2019 and later as a regular production in a box press format in 2020.
"This was a cigar that offered up some good notes of salted nuts, warm baking spices, and the tartness of plums. It also hit a high note of pepper towards the end that hit with just the right amount of pop. While the notes were strong enough and moderately complex, the construction issues really took away from the experience. With all of this being said, I could see checking these out with a couple singles and see if it hits within your wheelhouse." -Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
"The beginning notes of vanilla, raisin, roasted coffee, and leather and how it transitioned from the first to the second third really kept my interest. Packed full of flavors. The burn and draw were perfections. This is a cigar I would definitely try again and recommend to any cigar Smoker. Very well done overall. " -Kevin J. (maninblack77)
"There were a lot of flavors to this cigar, however, they just didn't seem to match each other or blend well together. This smoke was a salty, cedar flavor but there was a sharp piney flavor that was harsh at times." -Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
Powstanie has announced the Corona Gorda Habano and Broadleaf as an exclusive for Hogshead Cigar Lounge. The new sizes will be abailble starting May 19th. To celebrate the release, Owner Mike Szczepankiewicz of Powstanie as well as A Cigar Hustlers Podcast team, including @cigarhustler_bdp and @cigarhustler_industry, will be in attendance to meet with customers and share their expertise.
Foundation Cigar Company has announced a new vitola of the Menelik for The Humidour Cigar Shoppe of Cockeysville, MD. The limited-edition Foundation Menelik Corona Gorda is a collaboration with the Humidour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the store.
"This was a good cigar. There were several flavor elements, and the retro kept changing on me starting with peanut butter and ending with floral. There was black pepper, sweet caramel as well as nuttiness flavors throughout. This is a perfect morning cigar that I would like to pair with coffee. I would definitely pick up a fiver. Check em' out." -Mickey T. (irratebass)
"Overall, this was a nice shorter smoke that provided a nice bouquet of medium-bodied flavors that included leather, black pepper, earth, grassy and spicy lingering notes that showed up in some larger or minor form or another as the cigar progressed. Construction proved to be very good as the burn and draw were not much of an issue at all. This is a solid medium-bodied smoke that is easily recommendable for daily smoke, I believe the expense will probably reflect that as well. Nice job!" -John A. (Bostoneo)
"This may be the most tree-like cigar I have ever had. The solid smoky oak flavor was strong and prominent from start to finish. Occasional cedar, floral notes, and white pepper on the retrohale added a bit of interest but overall I wouldn't call this a very complex stick. It also smoked faster than I expected at just barely over an hour. For that length, complexity isn't that necessary. I would smoke this again and would absolutely recommend this stick to anyone who seeks out those wood notes in a cigar." -Lauren S. (Lauren S.)