Smoke Notes: Griffinâ€™s Fuerte Short Corona
While in my local B&M yesterday looking for some smaller cigars this smoke caught my eye. I have seen them there before but finally decided to give it a try.
The Griffin’s website does not seem to want to bring up any information on this cigar.
Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 4 x 43
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Strength: mild-medium more towards medium
Price: $37.99 (10)
Pre-light: This is a small cigar with very little visible veins. The wrapper is very smooth, almost hairy. I don’t see or feel any imperfections. The ban is white with a Griffin on the front ( an ugly beast if you ask me) and HECHO A MANO on the side. It then has another band with “Fuerte” on it. The smell is of mild tobacco and the cold draw has a sweet tobacco taste. The draw is just a tad firm. The band was a pain to get off. Over glued it stuck to the cigar and even with the burn line 1/8 away it still did not want to come off.
The burn: The burn line stayed sharp for the most part but did need a couple touch-ups and it held the white ash well. Like the pre-light the draw was a tab firm but gave me plenty of smoke.
The taste: A nice mellow wood flavor is what you will find here for the first half with a little spice hiding in the background. Once past the half way mark things pick up a little and turns more rich. This cigar never got hot or bitter.
Over all: I enjoyed this short smoke, it was just what I was looking for today. I paid $4.75 for a single at my B&M. Not a bad price but if picked up by the box for under $4 each I see myself getting more.