Córdoba y Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca Box Pressed Toro
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Mexican San Andreas
This week I am reviewing one of my favorite cigars Córdoba y Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca, which is a box pressed Toro! I have been smoking this cigar for around 10 years and have known the brand owner Azarios Mustafa Cordoba aka “Z” for about the same length of time! Memorial Day weekend May 26th we will be doing a huge event, so I thought I would do a review of something that is more personal to me in hopes that my passion for this brand will rub off on you and you can see why this cigar is worth smoking!
When I lit this cigar I was greeted with rich cedar and coffee notes with pepper and cocoa on the back end. When I retrohaled I got some earthy and leathery notes. I don’t retrohale as much as I probably should but it definitely will open up a new experience with every cigar. The more I retrohaled I started to taste red and green pepper and a little bit of chili pepper the more the smoke opened up. Taking the time to think about the cigar is making me enjoy the experience even more than just casually smoking it! This cigar is very spicy at this point and I am only a quarter in. After about 5 minutes the spiciness died down and I started to taste graham cracker notes and baking spice with a slight hint of cinnamon. Black pepper then started to dominate the smoke for just a short time.
As you can see this cigar is filled with quite a bit of transitions which keeps it interesting. I continued to smoke the cigar and later on I got some coffee and leather notes again. The spice hasn’t returned, however I got some earthy notes on the back end of the smoke. The ash and burn on this cigar are phenomenal the entire time I smoked it, the ash had a nice light gray color which is an indicator that the cigar is burning the way it is supposed to and the nutrients from the soil the tobacco was grown on is burning the way it was intended and showing in the ash. I am tasting all of the flavor notes that Z intended when he blended this cigar.
Toward the end of the cigar the spice then returned with sweet notes on the back end. I got no bitterness at all and this was a very enjoyable smoke.
Make sure you come out May 26th from 4-8 PM and try this and other memorable cigars produced by Z For Cordoba y Morales Cigars! I promise you will have a good time!
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