Vitola: No. 88 (corona gorda)
Size: 5″ x 48 ring gauge
Obtained From SmallBatchCigar.com as a review sample
Edition One is a new cigar company founded by Devin Gellis, who is the younger brother of Kyle Gellis®, the founder of Warped Cigars. The two brothers collaborated on the blending of this cigar. The cigar is made by TABSA in Esteli, Nicaragua utilizing 100% Aganorsa tobacco. The cigar is comprised of a Nicaraguan filler, a double binder of Nicaragua Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98, and a Nicaragua Corojo ’99 wrapper. They come in two sizes, the 5.25″ x 42 ring gauge No. 53 and the subject of this review the 5″ x 48 ring gauge No. 88. They both come in 50 count Cabs. This was the first one of these I was able to smoke.
The wrapper is medium brown in color with a good amount of oils and some slight tooth to it. The grey and white band is very simple, but gives you the company and blend name so that works. When I gave it a squeeze there was a slight amount of give without any soft spots. Putting my nose to the wrapper I got the aroma of barnyard with nuts and leather from the foot. After clipping it and taking a cold draw I got a good draw with hints of sweetness and leather.
It starts off with some spice, leather, wood along with some marshmallow and graham hints thrown in. Towards the end of the first third the spice mellowed a bit and the sweetness on the finish built. The cigar starts off medium strength. As I moved into the second third the strength and flavors were pretty much the same. I wasn’t bored by this though. Once I got into the final third the strength built a bit, maybe to the upper end of medium strength. The flavors were pretty consistent; wood, leather, graham and leather.
The cigar burned and drew great, even in spite of me dropping it and busting the foot.
I think it’s great that a new company releases a cigar that almost all cigar smokers can try out since the price is very reasonable.
I definitely enjoyed this cigar and will definitely be giving the other size a try and picking up some more. I will say that it did kind of remind me of the Flor Del Valle blend from Warped, and that kind of make sense as they use similar tobaccos but probably in different ratios in different locations. If you want to pick some of these up for your self head over to SmallBatchCigar.com and they’ll take care of you.