La Barba Corona

La Barba Corona (5.75 x 46)

Wrapper: Corojo

Binder: Criollo

Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran

Blenders: Tony Bellato, Craig Rossi

Tony and Craig both hail from north east Ohio and from that location they have nurtured a passion for cigars and wine that is rivaled by few. This passion for cigars is what brought the two together as friends and eventually businessmen. This is the spirit that La Barba was born; friendship.

These gentlemen had a vision of creating cigars in classic Cuban size formats that will pair well with wines. These cigars are small batch runs using true corojo tobacco grown by the Eiroa family of Camacho fame and rolled in the Wynwood Cigar Factory in Miami Florida. The focus is on quality. The concept is individuality. This is not limited to the blend but to the fact that every person has a palate that is unique. The cigars are designed to be dynamic to appeal to a palate that changes and is different from person to person.

The cigar is a nice dark brown with almost no noticeable veins. It looks near flawless in construction. The band is red and white and features a straight razor in the center. All and all the presentation is simple and elegant and has a very “old school” feel to it.

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In the hand La Barba feels smooth and solid. The smell has a bit of a sweetness to it with a bit of a classic barnyard. The lick on the cap has a sour note and an oily feel to it. It is very smooth on the lips as well. The impression of quality is there again. Clipped with a double guillotine. The draw is a bit firm but still very good. There is an herbal quality to the cold draw almost like a jasmine and black tea. Its unique and interesting.

Toast and light with a soft flame.

the first few puffs have a bit of spice and a touch of sweetness. There is a generic wood quality that reminds me of sitting on the floor in my fathers woodworking shop while he worked on whatever he was working on. The spice defines itself quickly as a black pepper. It is acute but it is not overpowering or out of balance. It is just defined well.

As the cigar settles in the initial flavors become more earthy and woody. The black pepper softly defines the cigar, mostly in the finish and retro-hale. Some of the herbal qualities found in the pre-light ritual start to creep in to the initial part of the puff but slightly more floral making this a unique experience from the get go.

The middle third seems to showcase the woody characteristics of the bend. The spice has eased some and the floral notes have shifted back to the black tea flavors. The finish has a delicate spice with the wood clinging on. It seems to be edging to a nutty flavor. It is a complex flavor in a nice medium-full package.

The final third has remained medium-full like the middle third but the floral has worked its way out. There is a a leather note that creeps in. the wood is more of an undertone at this point and a slight hops bitter is a great transitional flavor from the initial flavor to the finish. The room note throughout seems to be a woody spice and non-oppressive. The cigar ends nicely without warming. A nice gentle spice finishes the smoke.

Burn to the burn

Time 1 hour 50 minutes

burn: 10
draw: 9
taste: 10
aftertaste: 9
construction: 10
balance: 9
feel: 9

Overall: 9.4

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~ by kuzi16 on December 14, 2013.

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