What I’m Smoking
Anthony over at Cigar’s City has kept me fairly occupied with his last shipment of cigars, but I’ll wait to release those reviews individually. In the meantime, I actually tried a new cigar I had never tried before today, the Don Tomas Maduro.
Don Tomas Maduro
I bought this cheap cigar having never tried this brand before, and I have to say, I was surprised. It was only $5 dollars for a single, and while I will not say this cigar was overly complex, it did provide a relatively good smoking experience. The construction of this cigar was quite sturdy, and it burnt relatively well (slightly lop-sided, but nothing extreme). Reiterating, the cigar itself does not do much to separate itself flavour wise, but the flavour itself tastes like a quality tobacco. As far as I’m concerned for the price, you cannot go wrong with this cigar. Definitely a worthwhile experience overall, and I will definitely be buying these more often.
So, What are YOU smoking?
While many of my cigar smoking friends have said good things about Dunhill cigars, I have to admit, I avoided the these cigars based on the gentleman I used to buy my cigars from telling me that he disliked the Dunhill brand. Being an amateur, and more impressionable smoker at the time, I took his words quite seriously and did not bother to give the Dunhill‘s a fair shot. That is, until now. I can apologetically tell the cigar gods that I am glad to say that my opinion was completely unfounded, and out of all the cigars I have tried this year, the full-bodied Dunhill Signed Range Corona is one of the better ones.
The Dunhill is packaged in a sleek crimson red tube that is designed to hold air and keep out moisture – definitely to extend the cigars shelf life outside of a humidor. Upon sliding open the red container I was greeted with an aroma that could be described as spicy and sweet. The cigar’s band mimics the packaging by sporting a crimson red base with silver lettering and accents. The cigars wrapper seems standard, and the two I tried both cut well. The wrapper has a softness to it which makes placing it on your lips a comfortable experience.
The initial taste of the Dunhill Signed Range Corona is mediocre at best. As it burns however, the cigar’s taste builds, and you will find pleasant spices accompanied by a taste that I can describe as being almost fruity. The beauty of this cigar however, is that these flavours are not overwhelming, and serve to compliment the natural flavouring of the tobacco, not overtake it. In addition to the flavourful nature of this cigar, it must be noted that while the smoke draws thick, it is never a result of overwhelming filler tobacco, but a careful combination of all the flavouring this cigar has to offer. Approximately twenty minutes in, and a bit more than halfway through the cigar, the flavour is consistent but also seems to take on more of a leathery quality – which is a good thing. About two-thirds of the way through the cigar, you will notice that this cigar loses a bit of it’s flavour, but that is to be expected when smoking a cigar down to that point. The ash maintains a light grey, but does not have as much integrity as you would expect, and this lead to me ashing it more then I would have liked to; not a major take away from this excellent cigar, but it is a minor annoyance. The cigar has a relatively normal burning time for a cigar of this size, and both Dunhill’s I was sent lasted me approximately thirty to forty minutes. The cigar is medium to full bodied, and this may intimidate less veteran smokers, but for those who enjoy a quality full bodied experience, then this cigar is definitely worth giving a try.
The Dunhill Signed Range Corona is an excellent addition to any smokers humidor. The only negatives I can really surmise are minor ones that overall do not take away from the excellent build and taste of this cigar. If you are not interested in medium to full bodied cigars, and thick draws of smoke are something that you cannot handle in a cigar, then you may be turned off by the Dunhill Signed Range Corona. However, If you are looking for a full bodied experience that does not overwhelm with its flavour or tobacco, then the Dunhill Signed Range Corona is for you. Based on this cigar alone, I am interested to see what else Dunhill has to offer; maybe I’ll take a trip down to that gentleman’s cigar shop and ask him… Aha.
Check out Cigars City if you are interested in buying this excellent cigar.