14 Aug 2008
One of the great things about being a cigar smoker these days is the incredible wealth of information available on the Internet. I couldn’t begin to name all the sticks I’ve enjoyed, and the many more I plan to try, because of something I read on a cigar site.
This 5.5 inch, 42-ring gauge corona is a perfect example. It’s a cigar I almost certainly would never have tried if I hadn’t read a review on Keepers of the Flame earlier this year. Now, their reviews are always interesting, nicely written with top-flight research—with this stick, for instance, they point out a couple of fascinating links to Pepin Garcia—and great insight. After reading what they wrote and discovering that Famous offers a box of 20 for $49.99, free shipping, and a nine-stick house brand sampler thrown in for good measure, I was hooked.
These coronas have been in the humidor about three months, and I’ve probably smoked a half dozen. I’ve found them surprisingly consistent in both taste and performance. Keepers recommends aging and, though I’ve seen no impact from the short period I’ve had them, it seems the blend might benefit from time.
What you get for $2.50 is a spicy, peppery smoke with some leather and even an occasional taste of nuts. It’s neither terribly complex nor a competitor for Cigar of the Year. But it goes well with coffee and can stand up to a heavy meal. I find it ideal for those occasions when I’m looking for a cigar I can enjoy but know I won’t be able to devote the time and attention a top-flight smoke deserves.
With today’s economy, lots of us are looking for an inexpensive cigar, and I can recommend these. Famous offers five-packs, but by the time you pay shipping, it’s probably a far better bargain to buy a box.
And if you’ve had good luck with other low-priced house brands—from Famous or elsewhere—let us know. It’s another way to help keep the golden age golden. For me, the Famous Nicaraguan Corojo Corona gets three and 1/2 out of five stogies.
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