Toro, 6.5" x 52 ring gauge
Sadly, it's time to taste-test the last cigar in the OYA Maduro Sampler: the Coronado Maduro. I am a big fan of the regular Coronado, although not so much a fan of its price. This Maduro version started off, as I understand it, as a mistake or a one-off that is sold as an exclusive of a Chicago-area store. On this particular cigar, the wrapper was dark, mottled and oily and it really offset the gold foil of the band well--it looked better than the regular Coronado. I got notes of leather and barnyard on the wrapper and a rich earthy aroma on the foot. The cold draw was easy and had dark fruit and leather notes.
After lighting I was greeted with raisin and anise on the tongue along with a retrohale full of roasted nuts and black pepper. The first third ended up being sweet and smooth--lots of cocoa powder along with the dried fruit and an extraordinary smoothness for such a full-bodied cigar. I enjoyed this with some eggnog spiked with Corsair Pumpkin Spice Moonshine and the creaminess of teh beverage probably helped smooth out some of the rough edges of the cigar.
There was not much change to report in the second third, but the wonderful flavors made big changes really unnecessary. This was a great cigar and very good pairing with any beverage. I would like to get my hands on some more of these and since they are not impossible to get, I just might. I asked Andrew Brennan from La Flor this question back in October: "Would Litto ever consider releasing the Coronado Maduro as a regular release?" His answer: "Litto believes in never saying never." This is one I would love to see on store shelves on a regular basis.
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