Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to: 1) Assess “pre-review” cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system; 3) Provide a re-assessment and re-score of a previously assessed/score cigars. Today, we provide an assessment rating and score to the 2006 Vintage Stout Corona by Bellatto / Caldwell / Sears. This was a cigar we did a pre-review for back in May 2014.
|2006 Vintage Stout Corona by Bellatto / Caldwell / Sears|
The Stout Corona delivered notes of coffee, pepper, and natural tobacco right out of the gate. The coffee notes are strong and robust – reminding me of the “Chock Full O’ Nuts” flavor from New York coffee. While the pepper had almost a chili pepper quality on the pre-release, this time around it seemed to have more black pepper characteristics. Like the pre-release, the pepper does ramp up in the second half – really showcasing the firepower from the ligero in the blend.
This cigar is still very much a full strength, full-bodied like the pre-release. While there is plenty of strength and spice at the end, the Stout Corona still will not assault to pallet. Instead it delivers a nice balance – just with more firepower.
The burn this time around was a little more problematic. It did require more touch-ups. While the touch-ups did the trick, it seemed to require more than I like. I chalk this up to the humidity in the summer – combined with the ligero in the blend. However, this is still an excellent cigar. It is worth seeking out.
Assessment: 3.5 – Box Split
Original Review: 2006 Vintage Stout Corona by Bellatto / Caldwell / Sears
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