Released in 2006, the Coronado is a new brand for La Flor Dominicana. The line is composed of five vitolas, all pretty large sizes. The Corona Especial is the smallest at 47 x 5-3/4, while the Double Corona is middle sized. The whopping Corona Gorda is a massive 60 x 7. Even though its the middle-weight, the Double Corona takes several hours to smoke, but in our opinion is the best of the line.
Cloaked in a gorgeous, oily chocolate brown wrapper, the Coronado is a beauty. The elegant gold and burgandy band really contrasts well with the wrapper.
Well constructed and very firm, the cigar can exhibit a slightly tight draw to begin with, but once lit it opens up nicely. Pre-light flavor is all molasses, dark and sweet.
This stick burns like a smokestack, large volumes of bluish-white smoke billow from the end. The smoke is pungent to the bystander, but otherwise is smooth, creamy and flavorful. The burn is somewhat meandering with a thick burn line that wanders, but no major burn problems. The remaining ash is flaky and a bit messy, so be forewarned.
Immediately, this cigar puts out a burst of flavor. Dark espresso coffee
with a caramel/toffee sweetness sets the tone for this cigar. As the first third progresses, the coffee flavors continue and the caramel note becomes more toasty.
As the second third is reached, the coffee pales and woody notes appear, with the caramel sweetness continuing. Some nutty flavors come and go as does spice and some pepper.
As the final third is reached, little has changed. Occasionally the sweetness will strengthen and then fade back. The Coronado remains full bodied but smooth all through the smoke and does have a nicotine kick. Even though this is a long smoke, try not to rush it. The cigar will heat up and the wonderful balance of flavors will turn bitter. So give yourself a couple of hours to enjoy this cigar.
The Coronado by La Flor is a fabulous, sweet, complex but full bodied smoke. Give yourself the afternoon off and just enjoy this one.