C & C Cigars debuted their new lines of cigars last November. They have a Connecticut, Maduro, and Corojo in three sizes. We look at the Corojo today.
Joe Chuisano runs C & C Cigars but his history comes from the Cusano Cigar Company started by his brother Mike Chuisano over a decade ago. Cusano cigars gained a great reputation for value priced everyday cigars and also low priced bundles blended like big brand cigars but at a fraction of the price. Joe hits the market running with C & C including this Toro we are reviewing today with an MSRP of $4.29!
We spoke to Joe and asked him how things were going with the startup. He told us that sales have exceeded expectations and that over 600 stores throughout the US are carrying the product. Hopefully you can find them at a shop near you.
Size: 5 x 50
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction: The wrapper of the C&C Corojo is a dark, reddish brown, almost clay in color. The wrapper is attractive with slight veins and a light oil shine. It is evenly packed with no flaws.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper has notes of cedar and hay. The foot of the C&C Corojo has notes of cedar, hay, coffee, and earth. The pre-light draw produces flavors of wood spices, hay, and Asian spice.
Smoking Characteristics: When I light up the C & C Corojo and take the first draw the flavors I am getting are Asian spice, pepper, and cedar. Right away my palate starts to warm and I am left with a light tingle on my tongue. During the first third these spice flavors remain in the profile joined with notes of hay and earth. The burn and draw remain ample during the first third. Each draw produces a slightly warm, dry smoke. The flavors blend well, but are very intense.
During the second third the rest of my palate starts to tingle as well as my tongue, an enjoyable sensation. The strength is dead on at medium. The draw picks up and starts producing a full body of smoke on each puff. The smoke is still slightly warm, dry, and leaves a warm sensation on my palate between draws. The flavor has remained fairly consistent, the spices becoming slightly more present, the hay and earth flavors fading slightly.
During the final third the intensity of the flavors start to pick up, becoming more noticeable. No new notes are introduced, but once again the cedar, pepper, and Asian spices intensify while the hay and earth remain subtle. The strength remains medium, the draw full. One burn correction was required towards the end of the smoke to keep it even.
Conclusion: The C&C Corojo is not an overly complex cigar, it is actually quite straight forward. The flavors are enjoyable and well blended, and require a bit of time to build in intensity. Between the tingle on the palate, the palate warming, and the light nicotine buzz from the medium strength it creates an enjoyable smoking experience. While it isn’t a cigar of the year, for the price $4.29, it is far more than I expected. The construction was good, no adjustments to the draw were needed, and only one burn correction was required. In a time of rising taxes and prices, a cigar of this quality, at that price is a steal.