Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Herf #7 - A New Host

November 18th, 2007 - Shoreline, WA
In attendance were Fernand, John, Robert, Eric, Pat, Mark, and John.
A couple of us had dinner at Saltoro before meeting up with the remainder of the members at our new herf spot.
As usual, we gathered to enjoy a good cigar and give our opinion on it by holding a 'group tasting' following dinner.
Our selection for this Herf was the Coronado by La Flor. A beautiful, ample Double Corona measuring 7 inches long with a ring guage of 50. It was the #2 Cigar of 2006 which received a 93 from Cigar Aficionado's expert tasting panel.
Following CA's 4-part rating system (Appearance & Construction, Flavor, Smoking Characteristics, and Overall Impression) we began the tastng. This proved to be a very well-liked cigar among our group.
After averaging our scores, The Cohiba Club's official rating for the Coronado by La Flor 'Double Corona' is 91. An outstanding cigar!
Here's the points breakdown:
I. Appearance & Construction: 14 pts (93% of the points possible)
II. Flavor: 23 pts (92% of the points possible)
III. Smoking Characteristics: 22 pts (88% of the points possible)
IV. Overall Impression: 32 pts (91% of the points possible)
The Appearance, Construction, and Flavor of this Sungrown-Jalapa-wrapped beauty are where it really wowed us. Perhaps having the ash fall frequently is what hurt the Smoking Characteristics a bit, but the Overall Impression was appropriately high.
As we sat enjoying the smooth, refined nature of this cigar, we mistook it as being of medium potency. Later, I learned that in fact what we'd smoked is categorized as a full strength cigar. It's a testiment to it's quality blending that it didn't come across as strong.
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