Here is the long awaited review of the Vegas De Santiago Coronas which I
bought and have been sitting patiently in my humidor for about a month.
They (5 of them) came in a cute varnished presentation box with a "glass"
(which both I and Elaine chuckled about).
I brought two of them on a business trip so that my business cohort and I
try them out. I told him that I hadn't tried them yet, and if he
wanted to take a shot
with me, he was welcome to. I bought a large Dunkin'
Donuts decaf on the way
back to the hotel and then sat down and
took a look at the cigars.
The first thing I noticed was yello-cello. These have been resting for a
Rudy packs them in special yellow cellophane). I started to
wonder if this were
their normal shipping stock, or if I had been sent
some private reserve.
I stripped off the cello, and noticed the nice artwork on the band. Really
Lavender and gold? It was kind of a "girly band".
I squeezed the cigar gently along its length. No soft spots, no hard
perfect all the way along the wrapper. The wrapper was silky with
veining (not non-existent, but very fine). There was a slight
sheen to the wrapper,
slightly oily. The wrapper was also medium brown,
my favorite wrapper color.
The pre-light aroma was slightly spicy, but not
overpowering. It didn't smell like
either manure, or dirty gym socks.
I punched the cap, and there was no cracking. The humidity level was
good. I toasted the foot and took my first puff. The draw was
perfect (for me),
some might call it a little tight. Lots of rich smoke! I
was under the overhang of
the hotel, and the smoke wafted up and kept
together for at least a minute.
The cigar was very "cocoa" tasting, with leather. I'd say it tasted of
I was drinking coffee at the time. The taste of the cigar rode
complimented the taste of the coffee. The cigar was very rich and
yes, I could
The taste got richer as I approached the band. There was no hint of
sourness or bitterness like some cigars get. I sucked this baby right down
the the nub (last
half inch) and the funny thing was, if I was careful and
puffed slowly, I didn't burn
my fingers even that close.
There was also lots of smoke.
The burn was next to perfect. There was a slight race as one side ever so
slightly passed the other and the other caught up, but I never had to
correct it. What I
wondered about was the cigar was listed as a corona,
but looked a little thin.
It was the circumference of the middle bone in
my little finger.
I think this was the ONLY cigar I ever smoked that made me think about the
one that I would have. I wished I had taken the whole 5 pack with me.
PS: You can get these at
If Rudy still has the 5 pack special for new customers, you can get 5 of
these for $10
(including postage). Well worth the chance, IMO.
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From: Tony Miller
Subject: Re: Review: Vegas de Santiago Corona
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Date: 2002-09-23 08:09:20 PST
On Mon, 23 Sep 2002 03:31:02 -0500,
> They are one of the best made cigars I have ever had,
> although the taste range is a little on the mild side
> for my preference. They have an excellent draw, high
I agree with you, though I do enjoy milder cigars, so these really
appealed to me. That's why anyone who reads any of my reviews
has to take
that into account.
> quality wrappers and produce a solid white ash. The ash on
mine was medium grey and a little flaky. But it held together
nicely even when I needed to tip it off so it wouldn't fall on the
carpeting, it was "difficult" to tip off :)