The Coronado by La Flor Dominicana was originally released in 2006 and was awarded the number 2 cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado. The Coronado is one of the La Flor Dominicana cigars I treat myself to from time to time. La Flor Dominicana makes a 5-count sampler of different blends in their proprietary “Chisel” shape. The set includes a Cameroon, a Ligero, a Double Ligero, a Double Ligero maduro, and a Coronado all in the chisel format. I love the Chisel vitola and decided that as I smoke them, I would write up reviews for each one. Today I am reviewing the Coronado Chisel by La Flor Dominicana.
Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun-Grown
Binder: Dominican Sumatra and Piloto Cubano
Filler: Dominican Corojo
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The band on the Coronado is quit the sight, it heavily features golden and crimson red colors with jewels arranged neatly around the pattern. In the center is a lion, or possibly a tiger (some kind of big cat) which wears a crown a top its head, completing the regal image the rest of the band exudes. On the bottom it says Coronado By La Flor Dominicana. It features a beautiful medium brown sungrown Nicaraguan wrapper. The wrapper has some mild veins, which, from afar, are not apparent, but up close are quite visible. It also has a nice oil gloss to it and is smooth to the touch. The particular Coronado I am smoking for review is a chisel, which is a size trademarked by La Flor Dominicana, and ends in a tip which resembles a chisel. This makes it very easy to hold in your mouth, and gives you extra options when cutting. You can either simply pinch the chisel, use a straight cut, punch half way through the flat side of the chisel tip, or punch the entire way through. I’ve heard each method of cutting affects the smoking experience quite a bit, today I am going to opt with punching entirely through the flat of the tip since I have yet to try this.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Coronado Chisel has notes of sweet grass, molasses, wood, and a bit of earth. The foot has a scent which is earthy, grassy, woody, with a salty mineral tone. To prepare smoking I use a punch cut on both sides of the flat chisel tip, which should in theory cause the smoke to hit both the roof of my mouth and my tongue when I draw on it. I punch only deep enough to remove the wrapper and binder and allow the cigar to draw, just as you would when using a punch for a conventional round cap cigar. On the cold draw there is a sweet woody flavor with a bit of saltiness and a slight mineral tone.
Smoking Characteristics: Upon lighting the Coronado Chisel, there are a massive wave of flavors right off the bat. There are notes of sweet caramel, leather, earth, wood, and a nice rich mix of woody spices. The method of cutting seems to have greatly effected the smoking experience. The flavors are playing out on the tongue and the roof of my mouth where it lingers as well. The draw is surprisingly easy, and each one is leaving a nice rich woody spice and a sweet caramel lingering on my palate. The smoke itself is cool, rich, smooth, and very savory. Spice flavors, Asian and Indian, dominate the flavor profile, complimented by a nice sweet woodiness. The strength is around medium, with a nice mellow buzz starting to set in early on.
Into the second third of the Coronado Chisel, the spices intensify and a new pepper joins the flavor profile. The notes of sweet caramel, leather, earth, and wood all remain in the background adding a nice dimension of complexity to the experience. The construction is holding up well, the draw is still excellent, easily provides a full body of rich, cool, smooth, savory smoke. The ash is holding very firm, well past the inch point, and the burn has remained very sharp. The strength is now progressing to the medium to full range, with a bit more of a buzz settling in. The Coronado Chisel continues to billow smoke between draws, and the aroma is very rich with a nice woody and floral scent.
During the final third of the Coronado Chisel, the pepper and spices fade out of the smoking profile. The nice blend of coffee, leather, caramel, toffee, are smooth, soothing and pleasant with a woody finish. There is no substantial evolution in the last third, but the subtle play of the mellow flavors makes this a very satisfying full bodied smoke. The ash remains firm and the burn is sharp. The Coronado Chisel smokes cool to the nub with all the same cool, rich, smooth, balanced flavor. It does not warm in any way, but does become a bit soft to the touch towards the end.
Conclusion: The Coronado Chisel is quite enjoyable and cutting both sides of the chisel tip makes for a unique way of channeling the smoke to specific areas of your mouth where you can detect different flavors. The way the flow of smoke hits the palate changes the smoking experience quite a bit. Overall, the Coronado Chisel is not radically different than other Coronado vitolas I have smoked. It is certainly a delicious cigar and if you can get a sample pack for free at an event or buy one, I would certainly do so, each one is fantastic.
MSRP: Can only be obtained at events or in the Chisel Sampler set