Friday, August 09, 2013

CLE Corojo
Size: 5 x 50 (robusto)
Tobacco: Honduran puro
Price: $5.95

Shaun and I smoked our CLE Corojo cigars from the Big Smoke last Tuesday night. I paired mine with Buffalo Trace single barrel bourbon.  He drank some godawful Bud Light Lime-A-Rita.  We both agreed this was our least favorite cigar from the Vegas trip.

The CLE cigar inherits its name from the initials of its founder and owner Christian Luis Eiroa, who is most famously known as the former owner of Camacho Cigars.  According to , Christian was inspired to create this new brand by one single question: "What would you do if you were able to do it all over again?"

I've always found Camacho to be an inconsistent brand.  On the one hand, I've greatly enjoyed a few Camacho Coyolar Puros, as well as their house brand for Cigars International, the Legends Series White Label.  On the other hand,  I outright loathed Camacho 1962.

CLE Corojo wasn't quite as bad as Camacho 1962; it wasn't bitter and plagued with poor construction, but it was not very good either.  Bland and Tasteless leap to mind as appropriate adjectives.   Burn was ok.  There was a hint of unpleasant soapiness or bitterness in the finish, which is sometimes present in low-quality corojo leaves (anybody remember my horrible experience with Victor Sinclair Triple Corojo Torpedoes?)

Not something I would smoke again.

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