Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Double Binder: Binder #1: Honduran Corojo / Binder #2 Undisclosed
Size: 6 x 52 “Toro”
Price: $8.60 (Get another 15% off at Brickell Cigar Co. Use coupon code: Katman15
Today we take a look at the Cask No.2 Double Corojo by Dram Cigars for Whiskey.
I reviewed the Cask No.1 yesterday and so much of that same information applies that I lifted it for today’s review. I’m plagiarizing myself.
Dram Cigars for Whiskey is made in collaboration with Orleans Group International and C&C Cigars (Joe Chiusano).
They made their debut at the 2014 IPCPR trade show.
Thanks to Rene Castaneda of Orleans Group International for this information:
“Regarding the blends, we do not want to disclose the whole information.
“But I can share the following:
“All the blends have a double binder. The double binder amplifies the flavor of the cigar not the strength.”
Cask No. 1 Double Connecticut
Wrapper: US Connecticut
Binder No.1: Ecuadorian Connecticut
“Cask No.1 Double Connecticut – Smooth Connecticut with broad flavor in mild plus strength for lighter whiskies such as Glenmorangie, Balvenie Single Barrel, etc.”
Cask No.2 Double Corojo
Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Binder No.1: Honduran Corojo
“Cask No.2 Double Corojo – Smooth flavorful Corojo made for woody whiskeys but bridges to citrus and caramel driven whiskeys in a medium strength.”
Cask No.3 Double Habano
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Binder No.1: Nicaraguan Habano
“Cask No.3 Double Habano – A medium plus spicy Habano for whiskeys and particularly bourbons that have more spice to them and also ties to smoky whiskeys.”
There is also a Cask No.4 that will be released soon.
“Cask No. 4 Double Binder Connecticut Broadleaf – A fuller body dark rich wrapper that highlights smoky, peaty and spicy heavier whiskies.”
The cigars, in all blends, come in these sizes and prices:
Robusto: 5 x 50 $8.20
Toro: 6 x 52 $8.60
Gigantor: 6 x 60 $9.50
Churchill: 7 x 50 $9.00
I want to thank the kind folks at Orleans Group and C&C Cigars for sending me samples for review that included a super cool travel humidor that says “Cask Sampler” on it; so I suppose this is how some samplers will be sold.
Now, I’m not a drinker. I used to drink in moderation. But not drinking runs in my small family. I don’t remember anyone drinking growing up. We have a strange metabolism in which a couple beers or cocktails and we just get sleepy and want to go to bed. Now how much fun is that?
But in the 90’s, I found a liking for whiskey to pair with my cigars. But there was a big downside to that. I would sit and watch the shopping
networks while drinking and smoking and buy up everything that looked cool. Like a 30 piece set of hunting knives made in China. And I don’t hunt. So I stopped drinking.
I will be telling you how the cigar tastes without comparison to its partnered whiskey. I realize this will be tricky as the whole point is how the cigar and the whisky complement each other. As it turns out, getting schnockered at 8am while writing this review is not necessary. Yesterday’s Cask No.1 was a terrific cigar that stood on its own two feet and I’m sure that paired with the right whiskey, will be even better. Instead of liquor, I will be sipping water.
The Cask No.2 Double Corojo is a slick looking cigar. A beautifully mottled chocolate brown wrapper that is toothy and only semi-oily. The area above the cap has much more oiliness. Seams are extremely tight. And there is a boat load of veins. The triple cap is flawless.
I clip the cap and find aromas of spice, wood, citrus, peach along the shaft, a lovely earthy tobacco element, floral notes, cedar, and leather.
Time to light up.
The draw is great in spite of how jam packed the cigar is.
The Cask No.2 Double Corojo starts off very spicy. The flood gates are open. A very creamy aspect shows itself. And like the Cask No.1 Double Connecticut I reviewed yesterday, it starts off with a big bang in the first eighth of an inch.
A smooth sweetness is exhibited. And it is very toasty and nutty. So there are similarities to the blends.
The strength hits classic medium body immediately.
As I said in the previous review, I’ve only had these cigars for a bit over 3 weeks. I wasted one by smoking it after only a week. And then I smoked one a couple nights ago and it washed my socks for me. That’s a nice surprise when a big cigar finds the blender’s intent in such a short period. Of course, more humidor time can’t hurt. But I would like to review the cigars before next Hanukkah.
Here are the flavors: Spice, lemon/orange citrus, wood, creaminess, caramel meatiness, bread, nutty, toasty, cedar, and leather.
The construction is hanging tough. Razor sharp char line. No wrapper issues.
There is a very meaty, manly flavor to this blend. It has a bunch of flavors that are far from unusual but there is that sitting around the campfire experience to the blend. And getting schnockered, of course.
The smoke is providing some wonderful shots but there is no sun out and I can only take those money shots sitting at the table; about 7 feet from the window and lighting gear.
The second third begins.
The red pepper makes a big resurgence. Wow. A pipe bomb!
The woodiness becomes the strongest component after the spice with that lemon/orange citrus right behind.
While the Cask No.1 was a hugely flavorful cigar, it is great for newbies and experienced palates alike.
The Cask No.2 Double Corojo is for the more experienced palate. The strength is a tick above medium body now. What makes it more sophisticated than Cask No. 1 is the nuance and character of the flavors. There is more going on here than I am describing.
The Cask No.2 Double Corojo is super complex with a terrific balance and a long chewy finish. I would absolutely love to smoke it with some whiskey. I bet the flavors soar in those conditions.
That’s it. What I couldn’t describe. The flavor is whiskey. Whiskey is “…made from fermented grain mash. Various grains (which may be malted) are used for different varieties, including barley, corn (maize), rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak.” From Wikipedia.
That is what I couldn’t describe. Malt, rye, wheat, and charred oak. Damn!
This is not an infused cigar. So these flavors were somehow bred into the tobacco process. Where? I have no idea. And they become very prominent as I approach the halfway mark.
It turns the flavor profile on its head. Those four ingredients become the dominant force of the blend.
I reach the halfway point.
Ever sky dive? You know I have. There is a moment of pure, unadulterated peace after the chute deploys and you are just hanging in space. Total quiet. No wind. Serenity. The first time I did it when I was 29, I thought I could light something up on the way down. That’s how peaceful it is. Which is diametrically opposed to the rocket formation you can take as you hurl yourself like a bullet towards earth. That’s terror and excitement at the same time.
The wonderful flavor profile of the Cask No.2 Double Corojo creates a nice serene, peaceful experience. All the while, creating a craving for a dram of whiskey.
The flavors once again: Wood, citrus, malt, charred oak, caramel, wheat, creaminess, spice, rye, nutty, toasty, and leather.
This is a fine cigar.
The price point.
Through the kind help of Bobby Walker, there are three online stores that carry these cigars: Famous Smoke and Brickell Cigar Co., and Corona Cigars. Unfortunately, Famous and Brickell only sell in boxes. No 5 packs, samplers, or singles. Both online stores sell the boxes for just dollars difference. Corona Cigars sells boxes and singles and for about a buck less than the other two for a single and box price. That is, they sell the single for the same price as they sell them in boxes. Good deal.
$8-$9.50 certainly isn’t like buying a Torano $5 stick. But then Torano doesn’t sell cigars like these. As the Dram Cigars for Whiskey are such a specialty cigar with a niche of only a couple other brands doing the same thing, it is only natural that the price is in this range. There is no shortage of cheap infused cigars that taste like liquor. But they are crap.
The one and only nitpick I have about this brand is that there is too much glue on the cigar bands. I’ve had to rip them to shreds to remove them. For the reviews, I’ve used my X-Acto blade to remove them. And once again, I accomplish this without a single nick in the wrapper. Woo Hoo.
Like the Cask No. 1 Double Connecticut, it provides a very warm sensation during the smoking experience. It is smooth, nuanced, lots of character and plenty of complexity to go around.
I don’t know if I am willing it using special paranormal devices or it’s for real…I can taste whiskey as I pass the halfway point. The influence of the malt, charred oak, rye, and wheat really hammer that home. Add to that the woodiness and citrus and we have a nice cocktail.
My grandfather opened a saloon in Cleveland when he came to the States from Hungary in the mid 1930’s. It looked like what a saloon should look like. A long narrow space with a very long bar running the distance of the room. It looked just like the photo below.
My grandfather’s favorite drink was the whiskey sour. The man retired at age 55 because he was a smart cookie and made wise investments. And lived to the age of 83 and only died because of an accident. He was healthy to the end.
When I would visit him in Cleveland, he always had a whiskey sour before lunch. And two before dinner. Meanwhile, smoking cigars all day long. I was 15 when I started smoking cigars but only when grandpa was around. He let me imbibe with a weak whiskey sour even though I was not of legal age. So whiskey has a soft spot in my heart because of my grandpa.
The last third begins.
The man behind all of this is Joe Chiusano.
Joe was president of Cusano Cigars. Then, in 2009, Davidoff bought him out but Joe stayed on until 2011. When his commitment was over, he started C&C Cigars.
The last third is bold. I get a nice spiced cocoa flavor now for the first time. The whiskey elements are very strong. As is the creaminess. The citrus has backed off a bit.
The Cask No.2 Double Corojo is an enjoyable cigar blend. From its near perfect construction to the myriad of flavors it produces…it sings to me.
I will review the Cask No.3 Double Habano tomorrow and I really look forward to it. The medium/full body is right in my wheel house of preferred strengths.
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