Our Score 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

  • RH – 70% for 2 Weeks
  • MSRP – $7.95
  • Smoke Time – 55 Minutes
  • Wrapper – Dominican HVA Navarrete
  • Binder – Dominican Criollo ’98
  • Filler – Dominican Republic
  • Length – 5
  • Ring Gauge – 46
  • Vitola – Corona
  • Release Date – 2013

Initial Reactions and Appearance

The wrapper of Campesino Corona Primera is pleasing to the eye, toothy, and oily. There are no imperfections with the construction, and no major veins running through the leaf. A musty coffee scent comes from the wrapper, while the unlit draw gives off a similar coffee taste, albeit a bit more dry.

First Third

Smooth on the first few puffs, Campesino Corona Primera starts off quite interesting. There isn’t much flavor straight away–just tobacco–but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The retrohale offers a nutty and spicy experience, and the overall smoke is really pleasant. While there is very little pepper on the retrohale, it’s difficult to taste anything other than the tobacco. The draw is a little tight and the burn became uneven toward the end of the first third.

Second Third

Campesino Corona Primera offers some minor coffee flavors on the straight draw as the second third begins. The retrohale becomes a lot stronger, very bold and earthy, while the nuttiness from before moves toward the straight draw. A leathery taste becomes present, and almost all of the spice is gone. After the minor touch-up from the first third, there have been no burn issues. The cigar itself is still really smooth. A little bit of pepper comes back toward the end of the second third.

Getting the band off the cigar was really difficult. I actually ended up ripping the wrapper on both samples while doing so.

Final Third

The draw on Campesino Corona Primera has improved a lot. Chocolate and leather are the most prominent flavors on the final third, and the whole thing is still a very smooth smoke. It’s actually quite amazing how much stronger this third is than the first. There are some really nice transitions of flavor and complexity with this stick. The leather continues to build as the final third progresses, and the nicotine is just where I like it. It’s enough to know you’re smoking, but not enough to kick your ass–probably a good morning smoke with a cup of coffee. The rip from the band caused another burn issue, but I didn’t bother to fix it this close to the end.

Would I Smoke Campesino Corona Primera Again?

Yes. Campesino Corona Primera starts slow and build up to be a really great cigar. It’s also relatively inexpensive, which is nice. There were some minor burn issues, but they were easily fixed.


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