CLE Corojo – Cigar Review
The Eiroa name basically goes hand in hand with Corojo tobacco. Christian Eiroa and his father owned Camacho cigars until Davidoff acquired Camacho in 2008 and Christian had remained as president after the acquisition. In early 2012, Christian started a new company, CLE, using his initials, Christian Luis Eiroa. While CLE may be a new company, it already has a rich and long history in the cigar industry. The first lines to be released are being produced in the Tabacos Ranchos Jamastran factory in Honduras where Camacho cigars are made. CLE launched two new blends this year at the 2012 IPCPR. One of them is the new CLE Corojo. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the new CLE Corojo, so I had to try it out for myself and see if it lived up to the praise many are giving it.
Size: 5 3/4 x 46
Wrapper: Corojo seed
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The CLE Corojo has a very basic band which is black and features silver writing, on the front it says CLE. On the back, Corojo and 2012 are written in red. The wrapper of the CLE Corojo is simply stunning to look at. It is a medium brown with a reddish hue, slight veins, nice oil, and a nice tight cap.
Flavor and Notes: The scent on the wrapper of the CLE Corojo is simply amazing. It is deep, clean, and rich with notes of baker spice, wood, and floral tones. The foot has a scent made up of earth, wood, bakers spice, floral tones, and a bit of citrus. It is hard to overstate how intense and deep the scent of this cigar is. It is so rich that I was shocked by it. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the CLE Corojo and on the cold draw there are flavors of citrus, wood, spice, nuts, and a nice floral tone.
Smoking Characteristics: The CLE Corojo opens up with a wonderfully pleasant draw which provides a nice full body of rich, cool, smooth, creamy, delicious smoke. There are notes of wood, natural tobacco, cocoa, caramel, and a light citrus note. The flavors are very well blended, balanced, complex, and rich. All the notes fight each other for dominance in the first third, fading in and out as the primary note except for the cocoa and citrus which remain as undertones. The strength is in the medium range, very mellow and smooth.
Into the second third of the CLE Corojo, a nice rich cedar joins the blend, which really rounds out the flavor profile. The notes of wood, natural tobacco, caramel, light cocoa and citrus all remain. There is also a little bit of wood spice on the finish now, along with citrus and some cream. The draw is still fantastic, easily providing a full body of rich, cool, smooth, creamy smoke. The burn is excellent, easily razor sharp with no touch ups required. The strength remains around medium, but begins to build during this third.
During the final third of the CLE Corojo, the flavors remain consistent, which is hardly a complaint. The notes of cedar, wood, natural tobacco, caramel, light cocoa, and citrus all remain and blend wonderfully. The flavor is still excellent, well blended, balanced, and complex. The construction still stands up well, the burn remaining sharp, the draw fantastic, and the ash firm, but not holding past the half inch point. The CLE Corojo smokes cool to the nub without pulling any heat.
Conclusion: The CLE Corojo proves Christian is still on his game when it comes to Corojo. It has great complex flavors, an excellent balance, and a wonderful finish. The strength was right around the medium range, and provided a nice mellow buzz. The construction stood up well, the burn and draw were flawless. The ash was acceptable, but didn’t hold as long as I would prefer. The CLE Corojo is definitely a stick you should seek out and it is certainly a box worthy purchase.