Wrapper: Criollo 98
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed
Vitola: Toro (6 x 52)
Brand: Cordoba & Morales
CigarNoise Price Range: $20-$24
Source: IPCPR 2016

Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe – Opening Thoughts

Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe Review

The Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe bears the name of the Cuban farm in the Pinar Del Rio Province where company co-founder Azarias Cordoba’s grandmother, Celestina Cordoba Morales, was born. This cigar marks what would have been Celestina’s 110th birthday as well as the company’s 5-year anniversary. Cordoba & Morales markets this cigar as Cubanesque, saying it recreates a flavor experience similar to the tobacco grown on the family farm.

The binder and filler, from five undisclosed regions, have been aged in rum barrels for over a year. All of the Finca Santa Fe cigars are rolled by one Cuban master roller, who has over 25 years of experience. Production is limited to 10,000 per year.

A closed foot and triple cap start off the presentation on this cigar. It also features a foot band and an attractive main band that states the cigar’s name and includes several phrases across the sides in small white font, pictured below. The band has a lot to say.

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Aromas from the wrapper include lemon, hay, and faint barnyard. The foot is pungent with barnyard aromas. A cold draw shows notes of orange zest, rum, raisin, almond, and cinnamon. It’s surprisingly complex.

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Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe – First Third

Orange, Lemon, Cloves, Cinnamon, Spice, Grilled Meat, Sweetness, Mint, Cedar, Gingerbread, Black Pepper

I’m immediately greeted with a burst of flavors: orange, lemon, cloves, cinnamon, and spice on the tongue. A slight pork-like grilled meat note hits near the back of my tongue. Sweetness from the wrapper lingers on my lips. There’s also a slight mint note in the beginning of the cigar.

Citrus and baking spices are joined by a cedar note, and all the flavors are working together in harmony. Early on, I would say Cordoba & Morales has succeeded in making something very reminiscent of a Cuban cigar.

Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe Review

The rum barrel aging hasn’t added much rum flavor, but it does give a spice on the tongue. The room note is quite sweet with hints of rum.

As the first portion continues, the spice level on my tongue increases. Baking spices and citrus continue to dominate the flavor profile. Occasionally, the lemon picks up to take the lead. Other times, it’s all gingerbread-cookie-like spice. The beginning of the cigar does not lack for complexity. Right near the end of the first third, black pepper picks up and the ash falls off for the first time.

Mechanically, the draw is a touch loose on this cigar. My burn line is on the wavy side, but nothing that needs much correction so far. I tend to dislike bands that really stick onto the cigar and are a pain to remove, but this one comes right off accidentally while I’m handling the cigar for pictures. I stick it back on for the rest of the review.

Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe – Second Third

Clove, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Citrus, Mint Char, Leather, Oak, Coffee, Raisin, Seeetness, Creaminess, Herbal Tea

Coinciding with the ash fall, baking spices jump back up front, bringing the mint note and a light char with them. Earlier I was getting a meaty note on the back of my tongue, and that returns. Salivation intensifies.

Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe Review

Pepper and spice continue to build on my tongue, starting to give it a tingle.

New flavors emerge: leather, slight oak, and coffee. Clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg persist, with the citrus flavors moving toward the finish. Right near the midway point, a raisin note appears for a brief time. It doesn’t last long, but it adds something different.

I was previously surprised by how little sweetness there was. Now, sweetness and creaminess both ramp up. Retrohales provide something akin to a ginger snap cookie. Near the end of this part of the cigar, it transitions again and citrus takes the lead once more. Herbal tea joins the party right before heading into the last part of the smoke.

Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe – Final Third

Black Peper, Lemon, Orange, Mint, Cinnamon, Clove, Molasses, Spice, Sweetness

The cigar heads toward the end with black pepper and citrus notes up front on the tongue. Baking spices follow. The finish is pepper, lemon, and a smidge of mint. The cinnamon that was so strong near the start comes back powerfully in the home stretch. It’s joined intermittently by a molasses note.

Rounding out the cigar, the final third contains many of the flavors I previously tasted. Clove, cinnamon, black pepper, lemon, orange, and spice with a building sweetness finish things off. I start to feel the strength toward the end – this cigar packed more of a nicotine punch than I gave it credit for in the first two thirds.

Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe Review
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Pros

Great flavors with nice transitions.

Attractive appearance.

Cons

Wavy Burn.

Slightly loose draw.

Summary
The Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe delivers well in the flavor department. The citrus and baking spice notes throughout created a nice symphony of flavors. It loses points in the value department, with its price point at $20 per cigar, but I would gladly smoke another Finca Santa Fe for the series of flavor notes it produced.
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Rich

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Cigar smoker since about 2006. I love trying new things. My wife, daughter, and dogs keep me busy when I'm not smoking.
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