Smoke Notes: JFR Corona Gorda Cigar Review

by Jesse on July 25, 2007

I don’t have much information on this cigar yet, the little I found on the web contradicts what I was told by the company rep so I’ll be putting the information up when I get it. What I do know is the the JFR is “Just For Retailers” and was originally blended by Pepin Garcia and is produced by Tabacalera Tropical.

The cigar has an unfinished look with a curly top and the wrapper folded over on the foot and is marketed as a bargain cigar. A box of 50 of the corona gordas goes for $135 at my local shop, working out to be just under $3 a cigar. It is well constructed, firm with no soft spots and a smooth draw. The wrapper has a faint floral hint to my untrained nose and the filler hints at peppercorns. The JFR starts with the black peppercorns and a subtle papery flavor that gets moves to an oak wine-barrel flavor as it progresses. I picked up a sweet aroma in the smoke making me think of clove, and vanilla. The cigar did get a bit harsh near the end and the ash was loose but at the price I can tolerate these flaws. A fantastic cigar for the prince range, unfortunately you won’t find it online. Rating 7 out of 10.

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Miles December 21, 2007 at 4:42 pm

JFR is a great cigar… I’m new to this and have tried SEVERAL different cigars in the past few months (almost nightly). I am a big Macanudo Madura fan but these JFR’s… “forget ahhbout it”!!! About 6 bucks a stogie at the Wine Loft… let me find bulk like Jesse (above) and I’m taking full advantage. Looks like I’ll have to get a humidor. :-)


Jesse December 21, 2007 at 11:50 pm

I found they are best if you let them rest a few months too.


JD Morgan December 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Man I’d sure like to know the name of you’re local cigar shop. Every where around me they are $200, I love this stick for the price. It’s a diamond in the rough, I would like to order a box from you’re local store if the price is that low.


Raymond Rall February 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm

These cigars are available online at Tex Cigars…


Art Rosenfeld July 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I found these at shop in Chicago while visiting, but they want $5-/each.
Anyone know of a shop in FL that carries these?
The maduro is VERY WELL worth the price… but why pay more if you can pay less?


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