|Last summer, I wrote an article on C&C Cigars. At that time, their Roll Back line had been released and they were working on the blends for their premium line of cigars. I have sampled each of these cigars over the last few months, and have stashed a few away for review purposes. A few days ago, I sat down and smoked each of the three cigars in their premium line for the purposes of this review. I rarely smoke 2 cigars from the same manufacturer in one day, and I have never smoked 3 cigars from a manufacturer in one day. I was pleasantly surprised at how well these cigars, which retail for $4.25 apiece, held up throughout the day.
I started off the day with their mildest offering, the C&C Connecticut with my cup of coffee. The first few puffs of the cigar tasted of lightly dry wood, but transitioned into a smoother smoke very quickly. For the remainder of the first third of the cigar, I tasted some herbal flavors, with a bit of wood and hints of cream. The herbal flavors diminished a bit in the second third and were replaced by notes of coffee. Some of the initial woodsiness returned in the final third along with some light peppery flavors.
My after lunch smoke was the C&C Corojo, which started off lightly peppery (typical of Corojo wrappers) and with a light sweet wood. I notice right away that the smoke has a pleasant aroma of cedar. In the second third, the peppery flavors pick up quite a bit, and I taste notes of pepper and sweet cedar on the finish. The final third brings more intense flavors of pepper with a long peppery finish. The light sweet cedar notes are no longer present in the final third.
C&C Limited Release Maduro (LRMD)
My late afternoon smoke, the C&C Limited Release Maduro (LRMD), started out very toasty with mild peppery and woodsy flavors on the finish. The second third introduces earthy flavors. The finish opens with bolder peppery flavors, then transitions into light dry woodsy flavors. More earthiness is present in the final third with a very quick transition into intense peppery flavors with hints of wood.
C&C Premium Cigars