Last time I mentioned the 3×3 robusto had a metallic taste which I attributed to being naked in an aluminum tube. This week I smoked a Maria Mancini Corona Classico and the “B” cigar from the Black Band Project, which was a Camacho Corojo Monarca. Both of these cigars exhibited that same metallic twang. Quite disturbing. I need to find the cause of this affliction.
The Maria Mancini line has been a favorite of mine for the last decade or so. I picked up my first box at JR Cigars in Burlington, NC on the Carolina Cigar Crawl back in 1999. At that time they were packed in a box of 40 for about $60, which is really nice. They’ve since changed to boxes of 20, and are still fairly well priced. The following year on the same cigar crawl JRs had bundles of 20 of the same cigars for around $20 which I viewed as refills, however I have never seen this offered since. Over the years I’ve had boxes of the DeGaulle (Robusto), Corona Classico (corona), Magic Mountain (torpedo) and the Palma Delgado (6½”x40 with a tapered foot). I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad cigar from this line. They always burn really well, and have a medium to full flavor that I find to be pleasing. For a cigar that you’re never going to pay more than $3 (by the box) for, these can’t be beat.
I’ve mentioned the Black Band Project in a previous post, the “B” cigar was a Camacho Corojo Monarca (5″ x 50 robusto). I’ve smoked plenty of Camacho cigars and always enjoyed them. These always start out with a bite, then it settles into a powerful cigar, best smoked after a hearty meal. This one was no different. If my tasters had been fully functioning, I would certainly have appreciated the cigar more, but it still cut through my deficient taste buds with all the right flavors…really hit the spot and gave me a very relaxing smoking experience. If you are a fan of stronger cigars and you haven’t tried the Camacho line, you owe it to yourself to check them out. Camacho offers a dizzying array of lines. I always had a fondness for the Havana blend, it may be a good starting point as I think it is closer to the medium end of the spectrum, strength-wise.
As you may have noted from previous posts, I am not a great cigar reviewer. I am not particularly good at identifying specific flavors like some reviewers are. I do, however, know a good cigar when I smoke one, so I hope that folks can take something away from my posts. I am always interested in your comments, and would be especially interested in any feedback on this whole metallic taste thing…it’s gotta go!
Until next time,