Size: 5 1/2″ x 44 (Corona)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder and Filler: Honduras or Nicaragua
Price: Roughly $10.00 a stick
Behind the Stick:
I have to say Thank You first off, for this is cigar was sent to me via Corona Cigar Company and luckily enough becasue they are one of the very few retailers, if not the only retailer, that even carry this line. The Escaparate, known as the showcase line from CAO, comes in a few different wrappers and styles but always imparts a higher degree of quality and refinement than their already high quality blends. I guess you could say these are the prize winners that CAO has turned into an actual line.
When I first received this cigar I honestly took a second look, not only for the Ecuador across the band but also for the dark Corona Cigar Company band across the foot – a nice touch I’ve seen on quite a few cigars they sell.
The construction was well, but nothing to write home about. The wrapper was not cracked, held together and really that’s all one can ask for – haha. The cigar had a slightly spongy feel to it, although it rebounded quickly and did not distort the shape, one could easily tell there may need to be a bit more tobacco put into these. One thing I did notice that was truly flawless – the burn. Out of the few sticks I have had, none of them had any issues with the burns what-so-ever.
Something I have been noticing with the CAO line more and more, their cigars are not overly complex but rather have a certain flavor profile from the start that slowly builds and becomes more rich and enjoyable, but not necessarily a ‘note change’ at certain points. That being said, I highly enjoyed the light coffee and roasted peanut flavor – especially towards the middle and last third when the coffee notes too up a notch and became more of an espresso type flavor. Not much to say about the flavors here, other then highly enjoyable!
The entire Escaparate line really is where the CAO line seems to flex their muscles and create a great grouping of cigars. This Ecuador version is no different in that the flavors, although not overly complex, are very rich and satisfying. Each stick goes for about $10.00 a piece so for the price point I could not justify this as a daily smoke but as many other sites have noted, this is easily a great pick for a special occasion smoke.
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