Review of La Coalicion Cigar
By: Dr. Mitch Fadem
La Coalicion Cigar Rating: 5 stars (⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ )
5 x 50 Gordito - So what is a Gordito? In Cuba, it is a cigar that is 5 1/2 x 50 ring. In the Dominican Republic it is a 4 x 60. Hmmmm. The size of this stick doesn’t fit either definition. I always thought a 5 x 50 was a common Robusto. If you look up Robusto you’ll find cigars from 4 1/2" to 5 1/2" and ring size from 48 to 52. Yes, it is confusing as is the name, La Coalicion, which simply means the coalition, an alliance formed for a combined action to achieve a common goal. So, I should have said it’s a CH and DE coalition. I called it a collaboration (Spanish - coabracion), which is an action of 2 or more people working together to create something. Now that sounds like a better description of the cigar. I think they should change the name to ‘La Colabroacion’. Never mind. What about the cigar?
I have to be honest with everyone, if I knew about this cigar and included it in the Opus X Challenge, La Coalicion would have won, hands down. It was a perfect cigar in every respect.It had a perfect draw, generated lots of smoke, a solid and long ash, and flavors and aromas that all cigar smokers will like from the novice to the aficionado.
What is this 5 star cigar made of? Looking at the dark wrapper, I was surprised to find out it was a thick Connecticut Broadleaf with an oily appearance. I never paid much attention to Connecticut wrappers because I don’t care for them. This CT Broadleaf is the exact opposite of the shade tobacco, and I now will look for cigars with that wrapper. The binder is Sumatran and fillers are a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan.
It is a full-bodied cigar but maybe a better term is full-flavor. I picked up on a very clear Costa Rican coffee flavor, a medium roast yet with no acid. There is a hint of sweetness as well and the aromas matched the flavors perfectly. The cigar smoked for a full 90 minutes with the ash falling off at the midpoint. I also smoked it down to just under the last inch. There were no relights and a perfectly even burn.
Value?………Yes! I searched around and found a single of the Gordito as high as $12.50, and only one place lower than $11, at Privada Cigar Club for $9.75. I ordered 5. I would have gotten a box of 20, which would take the price down to $9 a stick, but right now I have a small humidor that can hold 12 cigars max. Yes, I need a new one. The large 250 count I got years ago when I wrote an article about searching for a humidor got burned up in a fire I had in my garage 2 years ago. I have been looking at those cigar cooler humidors. Sometimes they're called winders because some of the companies that make small wine fridges started putting cedar in them and calling them humidors. I have also heard them called Cooladors. If I end up getting one I’ll write a review on it.
Bottom line on the La Coalicion by Crowned Heads is that it is a $9 stick that smokes better than a $30 Opus X.