La Herencia Cubana Core – Cigar Review

This week Terry, Darren, and I sat down for a group review of the La Herencia Cubana Core box pressed robusto.   The core, blended by AJ Fernandez, really looked and smelled great.  It is one of those cigars that you can hardly wait to light up.  Also worth noting, the unassuming band was very refreshing in light of some of the ridiculous bands found on cigars these days.  In summary, all three of us loved the Core and are very interested in buying more.  This is a must try, complex, and flavorful cigar!  If interested in reading the text from our chat session, check below.

Matt: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 47/50
IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 20/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 48/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Construction: 8/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 46/50

7:36 PM
Terry1: It’s snowing here tonight. You’re next. I’ll grab the Core and get set up outside.

7:44 PM
Matt: LOVE the sweet and spicy tobacco smell on this thing… can’t wait.

7:51 PM
Terry1: I’m ready when you guys are. This does have a nice smell to it.

7:52 PM
Matt: Me too. Nice dark brown wrapper, a little oily, with only one medium vein. Cold draw is perfect. Nice evenly packed box pressed robusto.

7:58 PM
Terry1: My draw is perfect too. Not getting much but tobacco on the cold draw.

8:00 PM
Terry1: Are we ready to light up?

8:00 PM
IamDarren: same here, great draw

8:00 PM
IamDarren: lets light up.

8:02 PM
Matt: Wow. Delicious sweet creamy and earthy flavors right off the bat. Could chew this smoke.

8:03 PM
Matt: Some spice on the finish too…

8:03 PM
IamDarren: lol, yeah this puppy really dishes out the flavor.

8:04 PM
IamDarren: getting a little chocolate near the finish

8:05 PM
Terry1: Very full bodied. Getting some sweetness, a nice spice in the sinus, earth, cocoa and a lot of other subtle flavors I can’t quite name yet. Very good start.

8:05 PM
IamDarren: this is precisely why i wanted to do this one as a group review. I have smoked 3 or 4 and still can’t nail down the flavors.

8:07 PM
IamDarren: Its almost like the actual flavor of this cigar is so unique because it is a combination of about 5 different flavors all coming together.

8:07 PM
Terry1: That’s why I let you two go first. I’m a bit puzzled by this one. Lots of very good flavors. Much more complex than what I expected.

8:08 PM
IamDarren: It has a nice zest to it that is very unique. The sweetness and the spice are mixing together very well.

8:08 PM
Matt: Awesome start. I think AJ has done it again. It is hard to set this one down. I am sensing something slightly tangy in there, reminds me of a grapefruit flavor. It comes and goes very fast though.

8:10 PM
IamDarren: boy that spice is sure opening up the sinuses. Very prevalent on the retrohale!

8:10 PM
Matt: This one leaves my lips tingling between puffs.

8:11 PM
IamDarren: great burn so far, the ash is nice and tight. Mostly light grey with some dark rings in there.

8:11 PM
Terry1: I’m getting a black pepper bite in the back of my mouth. My burn is starting to stray. Looks like the box press is going to cause problems.

8:12 PM
IamDarren: hope this one isn’t too strong for you Terry…

8:13 PM
Terry1: I’ve been wondering about that. So far so good.

8:13 PM
IamDarren: I smoke so many full bodied cigars its getting hard for me to judge just how strong a cigar really is.

8:14 PM
IamDarren: I think this might be a cigar that you either love it or hate it. The flavors are defenitely unique to this cigar.

8:14 PM
Matt: This one does have some strength to it, but the small robusto vitola should keep it in check. Especially after some of the big ring behemoths we have been smoking lately!

8:14 PM
Matt: My burn could not be straighter at this point. Tone of smoke pouring off of it. Very impressive at this point.

8:15 PM
IamDarren: I have noticed that the resting smoke is a little potent on this one.

8:18 PM
Terry1: That mystery flavor, to me, is almost like baked bread, maybe a little like yeast. Goes really well with the sweetness and spice.

8:18 PM
IamDarren: YES, I was hoping you would say that. I was kinda thinking the same thing.

8:21 PM
Terry1: Ash dropped off by itself while sitting. Burn is still uneven but not getting any worse. Lots of thick smoke.

8:24 PM
IamDarren: my ash just dropped going into the second third.

8:26 PM
IamDarren: seems to be mellowing out a little but still lots of flavor.

8:27 PM
Terry1: Not for me. I’m about halfway and the spice and sweetness is really picking up. The aroma inundates you with flavor. I can’t remember when I’ve had a cigar that was this intense.

8:27 PM
Terry1: Maybe I need to smoke more full bodied cigars.

8:28 PM
IamDarren: so would you say its the flavor thats overwhelming, not the strength.

8:29 PM
Matt: I am nearing the halfway point. The flavor is a bold peppery and toasty flavor w/ some coffee and a hint of mocha. Extremely spicy finish with some light bitterness.

8:29 PM
Terry1: So far. Still okay on strength. Lots of flavor.

8:29 PM
Matt: I hate this cigar. I hate it b/c I am going to have to break out my dusty wallet to buy some of them.

8:29 PM
IamDarren: i do think this one can heat up a little if you smoke it too fast…..Matt

8:30 PM
Matt: Yeah, yeah. Like you should talk about smoking too fast.

8:31 PM
IamDarren: lol, i know it. I have to make a piont to let it rest every time I take a puff. I just keep reaching for it.

8:31 PM
Matt: I like the band: understated, modern, and cool. Slid right off, no problems.

8:32 PM
Terry1: My band slid off as well. I had to correct one side. It was starting to get too lop sided. Depending on how this ends I’ll be buying some more.

8:43 PM
IamDarren: just made a burn correction, other than that mine is going very well. Getting a little stronger with a hint of pepper and coffee.

8:44 PM
IamDarren: not quite to the last third yet

8:44 PM
Matt: I thought I was going to make a burn correction, but it fixed itself. I could not be happier with it at this point.

8:45 PM
IamDarren: you still with us Terry?

8:46 PM
IamDarren: haven’t passed out yet…

8:46 PM
Terry1: LOL Still here. Into the final third. Sweetness seems to have faded. Lots of spice and pepper. Agree with the coffee. There’s a nice zing in the retrohale. A little strong you don’t want to pass too much through the nose. Strength is still medium but I can feel it building some.

8:48 PM
IamDarren: I wish i had done more research on this stick. I’m thinking there must be a lot of different tobacco in this stick.

8:49 PM
Matt: Agree with your assessment. Love the blend and construction. How’s the price?

8:50 PM
IamDarren: I think around 8 bucks for a singe on CI.

8:50 PM
Terry1: Straight from CI’s site. The blend….
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador sun-grown ligero
Binder: Esteli Habano viso
Filler: Esteli ligero, Jamastran ligero, Pennsylvania Broadleaf, Nicaraguan Ometepe ligero

8:50 PM
Matt: No wonder it is complex…

8:50 PM
IamDarren: wow, quite the resume!
8:52 PM
IamDarren: this guy can really blend a cigar

8:52 PM
Terry1: I’ll bet the binder is what is making it burn so well.

8:53 PM
IamDarren: no doubt, with almost everything else being ligero.

8:54 PM
Terry1: I recognize everything but Jamastran. That’s a new one for me.

8:54 PM
IamDarren: this thing is really developing a long finish.

8:55 PM
Matt: He has used Jamastran in some of his other blends, IIRC. I believe it adds a lot of the spice and coffee flavor.

8:56 PM
IamDarren: I really like that this one is good with almost no aging.

8:59 PM
IamDarren: you going to nub yours Matt?

9:00 PM
Matt: I’m already at nub status. I’m going to hang in there til my face is burned off.

9:00 PM
IamDarren: lol

9:00 PM
Matt: what about you guys. How much left?

9:01 PM
Terry1: I’m approaching the nub and I’m getting some of that sweetness again. Still lots of spice. Strength is finally building to where I can feel it. Glad we smoked the robusto.

9:01 PM
IamDarren: same here, about an inch left. Flavors are still holding and its not getting hot.

9:02 PM
Matt: How about the dagger vitola? 4.5×54 chisel shaped. Sounds pretty awesome.

9:03 PM
IamDarren: yeah, i just saw some on cigarbid. Might be fun to smoke it in the chisel.

9:04 PM
IamDarren: actually there are a couple boxes of the daggers on cbid. I well see how high they go.

9:04 PM
Terry1: You really need to watch the ash. It drops without warning.

9:05 PM
IamDarren: got one in your lap Terry

9:05 PM
Matt: Good point. I have 5 little ash pieces in the tray. Maybe it’s only flaw.

9:05 PM
Terry1: Not yet. It’s been falling off on its own when I set it down to type.

9:09 PM
IamDarren: wish I had another inch… I think mine is going in the tray.

9:10 PM
Matt: Wow Darren, just wow. Please keep it to yourself.

9:10 PM
IamDarren: lol, yeah yeah yeah

9:11 PM
IamDarren: we know where your mind is

9:12 PM
Matt: I’m not the one who said it.

9:12 PM
IamDarren: love the finish on this cigar. Its still lingering.

9:12 PM
Matt: That was REALLY good guys, I am going to post my rating.

9:12 PM
Terry1: I’m setting mine down too. Very flavorful right down to the end. Very good cigar!

9:16 PM
Matt: Thanks guys for the great evening. I am going to head out (after a backup, of course). Hopefully we can do it again next week. San Cristobal?

9:16 PM
IamDarren: lol, you know i’m game for that.

9:16 PM
Terry1: Looks like this one is a keeper.

9:17 PM
IamDarren: looks like AJs rep is holding up well.


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