Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Savinelli Dos Campeones Coraje Review

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper origin: Ecuador
Wrapper type: Habano
Filler / Binder: Nicaraguan
Length: 6”
Ring: 54
Cost: $10.00

Appearance (0-20): The Coraje has an interesting shape to it with a very pointy torpedo topping it off. The label looks really interesting with the creamy brown, gold, and white draped across it, complimenting the rich habano wrapper. Since I wasn’t quite sure of the reason it was called the “Two Champions” I did a little research – the box of these comes with two separate cigars, the Coraje and the Sixto, as the blender couldn’t make a final decision on which one to put in the box… and instead put both! There are some minor veins that are noticeable as well as an imperfection or two around the cap. Nothing that’s too detrimental thankfully.
Score: 17

Construction (0-20): Going through my normal ritual – the cigar felt perfect from the perspective of how it was packed. There was a little bit of a ridge near the cap that was a cause for concern when looking at the wrap job. Upon cutting I had nearly no debris at all. I took a peek at the foot and it looked pretty nice, with the ligero standing out a bit. Upon lighting it was a slightly tight draw that continued throughout, and the cigar burned slightly unevenly. Ashes on the Coraje lasted about an inch and a half each. Construction wasn’t perfect, but it was still pretty darn solid.
Score: 17

Strength (0-20): So giving in to the habano thoughts, I figured this would sit in the medium to full range, and it surely is that. I might even say it tips to the full range for much of the last portion of the cigar. It made me really wonder if the smaller sizes would immediately have the full strength or if they too would build like this one did.
Score: 18

Flavor (0-20): From the get-go there is a lot going on with the Coraje. The first few puffs brought back something of a coffee flavor with some really leathery tones layered with it. There is some warm spice when exhaled through the nose that’s almost peppery, but it is really slight.  As you progress through the stick you’ll find the leathery tones morphing into wood tones, and the coffee is supplemented with what I would call a cinnamon sugar. It’s slightly sweet and yet slightly bitter, making for an incredible combination. This seems to walk the line between being complex / delicious and complex / confusing. Yet, it stays on the delicious side of things.
Score: 19

Value (0-20): The price isn’t outlandish for this stick, but it would be contending with some real heavy hitters. I would say it’s decently priced. Slight bargain perhaps, but not so much that I feel the need to buy a box right this instant.  
Score: 16

Additional Notes: Paired with St. Pauli Girl Special Dark in my garage with a few buddies. The cigar was given to me by my broski.

Overall (0-100): Appearance and construction have some minor issues, but nothing I’m going to say is detrimental. In fact, they are solid scores. The flavor jumps out as one of the best parts of this cigar – being both complex and tasty – but it also is a bit on the pricier side of things. Now while $10.00 may not be a huge price for a cigar, consider the alternatives around the same price range – Liga Privada Undercrown, Man O War Ruination, Drew Estate’s Java, Ave Maria, etc etc. Overall it’s a good cigar that I would smoke again, but the price would give me a little pause given the other choices that exist.
Score: 87


  1. It's a good cigar but like you said, once you break the $10 threshold you're up against some real good quality cigars.

    1. I think thats the major challenge that Savinelli will face - there are a lot of really quality sticks even right around $10. If it was a few bucks less, you are looking at a subset where it would likely thrive.

  2. I'm smoking one and love it. Does anyone know where I can buy it? I'm having trouble finding it online.