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BLIND Foundation El Gueguense Review

BLIND Foundation El Gueguense Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99

Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99

Filler: Nicaraguan

Vitola: Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46)

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Summary:  The wrapper is velvety smooth and the dark veins remind me of my "pickup basketball in khakis" days.  Dark bread and cloves.  A few puffs in and the strength is not hiding.  The intensity reminds me more of earth and chocolate than pepper even though I do feel some spice in the retrohale.  Rich, banana sweetness!  Went out on me.

Relighting again entering the second third.  And ANOTHER relight.  Amidst the TLC I'm giving this cigar, the earthy flavors are still very enjoyable.

Final third begins with more butane action.  Potpourri and more baking spices.  I really enjoyed the flavors, but I hope the construction on mine was a fluke.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Patiently waiting for your garden to sprout.

Pairing Suggestion:  Lager.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


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Summary:  This cigar brought flavors of earth, dark chocolate, grass, brown sugar, cedar, coffee, and a vegetal note. The finish added black pepper into the mix. There were points in the cigar where it came across as dry and bitter.

The draw was on the snug side, and the burn needed several major touch-ups. Overall, it felt like a surprising amount of effort was needed to keep this cigar burning correctly and it didn't pay off enough in the flavor department to be worth the work.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Vegetal bitterness.

Pairing Suggestion:  Bourbon.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single. 


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Summary:  I’m gonna sound like a broken record here but my hopes are high for the cigar because Corona Gorda it is.  I just find that a lot of cigars that size carry a wrapper/binder/filler ratio I dig.  On the cold draw, cereal grain, cinnamon, hay and a faint sweetness.

Starting with heavy-handed wood notes, a “palatable” dose of pepper spice and fresh grass.  The overall profile has either a citrusy or floral base... haven’t decided which it is.  Tons of heady smoke... I dig it.  Retro hale smoke is much more full tasting and defines the flavors better.  The wood is definitely oaky, the base is leaning toward more of a floral profile and the pepper spice is nicely balanced.

Middle section... well, I’ve relit this cigar no fewer than three times, so the flavors are all over the map, cycling between bitter and smooth.  Not sure what has happened here.

More relights through the final portion leading to very generic wood and tobacco flavors.  Hopefully this one stick is non-representative of the cigar.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Fantastic appetizers followed up with a dry steak.

Pairing Suggestion:  Coffee.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


Participants in this blind review were completely unaware of the cigar they were evaluating until all submissions were received and processed. Each participant was asked to answer a summary paragraph, an if/than statement, a pairing suggestion, and a purchase suggestion. Cigars were provided by Small Batch with only the expectations of candid responses. All pictures, information, and formatting were completed by a Coordinator outside of the reviewing process. 


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7/31/2020 6:55 AM
Love that you guys aren’t afraid to post a less than stellar review even tho you sell them. Major credit and respect for that!
7/31/2020 9:57 AM
Yeah man, that’s how we roll!

Sucks tho, because this is one of my favorite cigars.  As the Coordinator, I had very high hopes for this one.

Can’t win ‘em all! Still trying to find the second Triple Box recommendation 😁
8/1/2020 10:53 AM
Dave, what was the only triple box suggestion box?

And I found this exact cigar to be wonderful.  Got 3 tucked away for my vacation to share with my dear friends!
8/2/2020 1:35 AM
That would be the Atabey by United Cigars: