Cusano 18 CorojoOrigin

The Cusano 18 Corojo is manufactured by C & C Cigar Company, a new organization founded by Cusano Cigars President, Joe Chiusano. This organization sold its first release, the Roll Back, in 2011. Subsequently, three more blends were launched, one of which is the Corojo. All blends are made in the Dominican Republic and are available in three basic sizes—Robusto, Toro, and Churchill.

Basic Features

The Cusano 18 Corojo is made with 18-year old Dominican gold long fillers that are grown in Cuban seeded Dominican fields. The wrapper is a fine Corojo, oily to the touch, and very thick. The binder is a fine Dominican criollo. The stick produces a full, rich smoke that is both aromatic and flavorful. Reviewers have complimented the superb blending of taste and strength that characterizes this new, exceptional blend.


Aficionados have described the Cusano 18 Corojo as a medium bodied smoke. Immediately upon lighting, the first third is characterized by the mild, yet noticeable taste, of spice. As one progresses fully into the first third, a pepper aftertaste emerges. Reviewers commented on how this aftertaste is both tangible yet also avoids overpowering the palate.

Moving into the second third of the smoke, a new flavor begins to emerge. Some aficionados have likened it to butterscotch candy, while others simply refer to is as a smooth, creamy taste that is neither intense nor bitter. This balanced flavoring makes the cigar ideal for both experienced and novice smokers. The smoke at this point becomes very dense, while the flavor established in the first 3rd continues consistently. Then, a touch of nuts and tea emerges that comes and goes as the smoker approaches the final third.

The final third of the experience has been praised by every reviewer, so far, for remaining free of bitterness all the way down to the nub. The nuances of flavor that come and go, along with what some call a layered blend of creamy spiciness, continues all the way to a very pleasant finish.

Construction and Draw

The Cusano 18 Corojo features a triple cap construction. Some reviewers noticed a few veins in the wrapper. The ash maintains a medium-long consistency for about half an hour. After that, it becomes loose to the point of being flaky at times. Aficionados like the draw, which was described by one reviewer as easy and free. Overall, the smoke burns evenly, but it lacks the razor sharpness of some of the other popular blends. Aficionados sometimes reported that a touchup light was necessary after about 20 to 30 minutes. The wrapper was noticeably loose to some reviewers. However, the draw maintained its quality in spite of it. The taste also holds strong to the end, which takes about 45 minutes to complete from pre-light to nub.

Availability and Value

Most reviewers agree that one could not ask for a better price for the Cusano 18 Corojo. In spite of very minor construction issues, the new blend earned a rating of 90 in Cigar Aficionado, with most smokers agreeing that its flavor qualifies it for superior status. These cigars are sold in boxes of 18, with an average online price equivocating to less than $6.00 per smoke.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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