The Casa 1910 La Coronela is a cigar from the company’s third collection of cigars, the Soldadera Edition. Casa 1910 Cigars is a cigar and lifestyle brand based out of Mexico. The company was founded by Manolo Santiago, Jamie Baer, and Serge Bolling. The brand captures the history and pride surrounding the Mexican Revolution in 1910. The Soldadera Edition is a three-cigar collection that pays homage to the women who played a vital role in the Mexican Revolution. One of the cigars is La Coronela. This cigar refers to Amelia Robles, who would join Emiliano Zapata’s army in the Mexican Revolution, where she adopted the name Amelio and dressed as a man. Robles was a soldadera who took part in over 70 combat missions during the war. Today, we take a closer look at the Casa 1910 La Coronela.
Casa 1910 has three series in its portfolio. Each series pays homage to a different theme of the Mexican Revolution. Each series is produced in a different country. In addition, Casa 1910 follows a one blend, one size philosophy – meaning each blend is different from the others and has a unique shape.
|Edition (Packaging Color)
|Revolutionary Edition (Orange)
|Battles of the Mexican Revolution
|Calvary Edition (Green)
|Horses of the Mexican Revolution
|Soldadera Edition (White)
|Women of the Mexican Revolution
Casa 1910 La Coronela Cigar Review
Without further ado, let’s turn our attention to the Casa 1910 La Coronela and see what this cigar brings to the table.
Blend and Origin
Like the entire Soldadera Edition, La Coronela is produced in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera La Isla, the factory owned by Hostos Quesada. Each of the three cigars in the Soldadera Edition has a different blend. In the case of La Coronela, it has a Habano wrapper over a Brazilian binder and fillers from Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Filler: México / Dominican Republic
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Isla
Keeping to Casa 1910’s one blend, one size philosophy, La Coronela is a 5 1/2 x 58 vitola. This size pays homage to the famed Cuban Majestuosos size. The cigars are presented in ten-count boxes.
The Habano wrapper of La Coronela is medium brown with a light rosado tint to it. There is a light coating of oil on the surface of this wrapper. There were some thin visible veins as well as some thin wrapper seams. The cap of the cigar is finished with a tiny pigtail.
As opposed to pulling the pigtail off, a straight cut was used to remove the cap and pigtail simultaneously from the Casa 1910 La Coronela. Once the cap was removed from the cigar, it was time to commence with the pre-light draw ritual. The cold draw delivered notes of hay along with slight notes of fruit and cedar. This was a satisfactory pre-light draw experience.
La Coronela opened up with notes of earth, fruit, caramel, and classic wood. Early on, the earth notes moved to the forefront with the caramel, fruit, and wood notes settling in the background. About midway through the first third, the fruit notes joined the earth in the forefront. Both the earth and fruit notes alternated in intensity. Meanwhile, some black pepper notes emerged in the background with the caramel and wood notes. The black pepper was also prominent on the retro-hale.
The second third of the La Coronela opened up with the earth and fruit notes alternating in intensity. As the cigar progressed through the second third, the earth notes again became more prominent. By the midway point, the fruit notes were again in the background, where they continued diminishing. Meanwhile, the pepper notes increased in intensity, the wood notes remained in the background, and the caramel notes disappeared.
The final third saw the pepper and earth notes go to the forefront. The fruit and wood remained secondary notes. While the first two-thirds performed exceptionally well, this final third saw many of the flavors mudded and didn’t complement each other well. This is the way La Coronela came to a close. The resulting nub was soft to the touch and cool in temperature.
While the Casa 1910 La Coronela maintained a straight burn path and straight burn line, this cigar required multiple touch-ups to do so. While the touch-ups did the trick, more were required than I preferred. The resulting ash wasn’t overly firm, but it wasn’t loose. The ash had some occasion flaking to it. This was an ash that had a mixture of different shades of gray. Meanwhile, the burn rate and burn temperature maintained ideal levels.
The draw to the La Coronela performed quite well. The draw had a touch of resistance to it – which I like. At the same time, this was a low-maintenance cigar from which to derive flavor.
Strength and Body
La Coronela was a cigar that started out mild to medium in strength and body. This was a cigar where both attributes increased linearly in intensity. By the second third, the strength and body were in the medium range, and the final third saw both attributes enter medium to full territory.
In terms of strength versus body, both attributes balanced each other nicely, with neither attribute overpowering the other.
BANDING AND PACKAGING NOTES
I like the packaging and banding scheme of the Casa 1910 cigars, and the Casa 1910 La Coronela is no exception. The Casa 1910 cigars have a common primary band. The secondary band denotes the name of the cigar. The secondary band is also white with gold lettering for all three Soldadera Edition cigars, making it easier to identify.
I want to reiterate what I’ve said before: Casa 1910 has done an excellent job promoting its brand. In a short time, it has done a good job of creating brand awareness and telling the brand’s story and about its ties to Mexican history. While this figure into the final score or assessment rating, this is a company that I believe in.
Going into the smoke of the Casa 1910 La Coronela, I was excited. I wanted to see what this company could do to make a cigar in the Dominican Republic, and I love the Cohiba Majestuosos. Things started out quite well in the first two-thirds, as it delivered nice flavor. The final third was not as good. The flavors became muddled, and this cigar’s intensity level was higher, so it magnified this. Ultimately, with this cigar carrying a $20.00 price point, I need a better performance in the final third. Ultimately, I’d recommend trying a sample first and seeing if this cigar will fit the bill for you.
Key Flavors: Earth, Fruit, Caramel, Wood, Cedar
Burn: Very Good
Strength: Mild to Medium (1st Third), Medium (2nd Third), Medium to Full (Final Third)
Body: Mild to Medium (1st Third), Medium (2nd Third), Medium to Full (Final Third)
Finish: Very Good
Value: Try a Sample
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