Davidoff Escurio Corona Gorda Cigar Review
The upcoming trade show will be ridiculous in terms of new SKU’s that are rushed to market in order to beat the August 8th deadline that looms for products that can come to market without getting FDA approval first. It is rumored that Davidoff will be introducing over 100 new SKUs including the cigar featured in today’s review.
In 2015, Davidoff traveled to Brazil with the launch of Escurio and this year the brand will introduce a few more sizes to the line including the Primeros, Gran Perfecto and Corona Gorda.
Cigar Review: Davidoff Escurio
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Brazil Cubra
Filler: Brazil Cubra, Brazil Mata Fina, Dominican Republic San Vicente, Dominican Republic Hybrid Olor/Piloto, Dominican Republic Piloto
Ring Gauge: 46
Vitola: Corona Gorda
The Look: Packaged in black slide top boxes with accents of silver and green, the Davidoff Escurio packaging is simple. I’ll be the first to admit I am not a fan of the packaging on Davidoff Escurio and Nicaragua lines, but you can’t smoke the packaging. Inside the box of 12, the Corona Gorda looks darker than other sizes. While cigars tend to be color sorted, the Corona Gorda seems considerably darker than the other vitolas in the line, but it could just be this particular box.
The Notes: With the cap clipped, the Davidoff Escurio serves up notes of molasses and wheat over base note of hay. The foot of the Corona Gorda serves up some hints of graham and hay with a faint spice that tingles the nostrils.
After toasting and lighting the cigar is comes off as salty. There is a note that is reminiscent of a pretzel that has been salted a little too much. As the salt subsides there are hearty notes of cedar and earth, with a subtle graham cracker in the distance and on the finish with a vegetal component on the retrohale.
The second third, cedar and earth continue to be dominant and the aroma of the Davidoff Escurio becomes floral. The floral aroma is enhanced on the retrohale with hints of lavender.
As the Davidoff Escurio comes to a close some nutty notes are added to the mix but cedar and earth remain dominant. The cigar has a salty finish and through the nose it remains floral.
The Burn: The Corona Gorda has an incredibly straight burn line. The thin combustion line revealed a light color ash that almost held for the first half of the smoke. The draw was a little fluid for my liking but acceptable. I did need to relight the cigar at the half way point a little after the ash fell off.
The Finish: First off the Corona Gorda might be my favorite size in the cigar industry. However when it comes to Escurio, it is not my favorite as I still lean toward the Robusto Tubo. I was hoping for some more complexity from this size, but it never materialized and the cigar didn’t seem as balanced as the original three sizes.