Find George Rico STK American Puro Corona Gorda Cigars OnlineThe George Rico STK American Puro cigar stands out for a couple of pretty unusual reasons. For one, all of the tobaccos in the blend are grown in the U.S., hence its puro build. Also, it uses fire-cured tobaccos which, while gaining in popularity, are still pretty rare. Revealed at the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show, its unique composition earned it a lot of attention. Fortunately, the attention and hype are worth it. This stick fits right into the company’s other blends, which include the Barracuda, Zulu Zulu and Opium, all successful and popular blends.

The wrapper and binder of this cigar are each made from Connecticut Habano leaves. The fillers are from Connecticut and Pennsylvania. It also contains fire-cured filler from Kentucky, giving the stick a buffet of regional U.S. tobacco flavors. The George Rico STK American Puro cigar is medium brown and has a rough rustic look to it. It has some moderate veining and is slightly oily to the touch. The cap is topped off with a pig tail. The fire-cured tobacco can be seen from the foot, as it is slightly darker in color compared to the rest of the blend. The stick is double banded. The red, white and gold primary band features the brand mark and some gold ornamentation. The secondary band is the same color and states the name of the stick in plain, bold lettering. The pre-light draw and aromas consist of some natural tobacco notes, a touch of pepper and some of the fire-cured flavors.

The first-third of the George Rico STK American Puro cigar starts with some oak and hickory flavors, both with a slight campfire-like aftertaste that may inspire nostalgia in the smoker. These notes are strongest in the first-third, but are soon joined by a leather flavor that also asserts itself. In the background, some earth, coffee and black pepper notes fill out the profile. The Kentucky fire-cured tobacco imparts smokiness into the stick that gives an interesting twist on all of the flavors.

In the second-third, cinnamon and nutmeg spices emerge and provide a nice contrast to the hickory, oak and coffee notes
. The earth, leather and black pepper flavors fade out in this part of the stogie, though the fire-cured smokiness is still present, though it is a little softer.

During the last third of the cigar, the flavors shift a bit, giving the smoke a new take. It offers a lot of natural tobacco notes at this point, joined by some spice and coffee flavors. A strong cocoa taste also presents itself in this third, and the finish is still enhanced by the smoky, wood flavor.

While reviewers were happy with the flavors, they were floored by the concept. This cigar sets out to spotlight the delicious flavors in American tobaccos and it succeeds. It is also immaculately built, with a near perfect burn and draw. It is a medium bodied stick that’s a little close to full in strength. It is available in three vitolas, including Robusto (4 3/4 x 52), Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46) and Toro Grande (5 7/8 x 54). In all, this is one of those rare finds that every aficionado should try, because it delivers on a high concept not often found in the industry.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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