In November 2015, Chogüí Cigars celebrated its one year anniversary, and as cigar companies are wont to do, commemorated the occasion with a cigar. Measuring 5 1/2 x 46, the new corona gorda was named Primeraño, a moniker based off primer año, which is Spanish for first year. According to Chogüí’s founder Victor Nicolás, Primeraño draws inspiration from the Dominican tradition of men buying their girlfriends flowers after the first year of dating.

As for the blend, the Chogüí Primeraño is based off of a test blend for the company’s Primera Edición. It is covered in a Dominican HVA wrapper and incorporates a Dominican criollo 98 binder as well as filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, including some of the same habano 2020 tobacco that was used in another of the company’s releases, Dos77. Only 200 boxes of 10 were produced, and each cigar carries an MSRP of $9. As is the case with the other releases from Chogüí,  Primeraño was produced at an undisclosed factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.

Chogui Primerano Box 1 Chogui Primerano Box 2 Chogui Primerano Box 3

The cigars are packaged in Chogüí’s normal branding and include a huge sticker.

Chogui Primerano 1

  • Cigar Reviewed: Chogüí Primeraño
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Unnamed
  • Wrapper: Dominican HVA
  • Binder: Dominican criollo 98
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Length: 5 1/2 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • MSRP: $9 (Boxes of 10, $90)
  • Release Date: Feb. 1, 2016
  • Number of Cigars Released: 200 Boxes of 10 (2,000 Total Cigars)
  • Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Although it is 5 1/2 inches long, the Chogüí Primeraño still feels quite petite in my hands, and is covered in a reddish brown wrapper that is extremely rough to the touch, almost reminding me of sandpaper. There is almost no oil present that I can see, and the cigar is a bit spongy for my tastes when squeezed. Aroma from the wrapper is a combination of strong barnyard, hay, dark chocolate, manure, almonds and pepper while the cold draw brings flavors of leather, anise, espresso beans, dark chocolate and slight generic sweetness.

The Chogüí Primeraño lights up easily and starts off the first third with dominant flavors of both leather and ground coffee, with other notes of anise, powdery cocoa, grass, earth and cedar fighting for their place. There is some interesting saltiness on my lips, and I am tasting some slight citrus on the finish, combined with some milk chocolate sweetness on the retrohale. Despite the sponginess when I squeezed it, the draw is excellent and the burn is close to razor sharp so far, while the smoke production is above average. Strength-wise, the Primeraño seemed to start off with a bang, but ends up at a point just under the medium mark but the time the first third comes to close.

Chogui Primerano 2

Unfortunately, the great milk chocolate sweetness that was so obvious on the retrohale in the first third begins to wane by the time the second third starts, and is almost totally gone by the halfway point. A more generic creamy cedar notes takes over the dominant spot in the profile, along with other flavors of leather, cedar, bread, hay, peanuts and cocoa, but none of them are even close to as distinct as the flavors in the first third. There is very little sweetness present, but there is a bit more pepper on the retrohale, and the saltiness from the first third is still noticeable as well. Construction-wise, both the burn and the draw remain wonderful and the smoke production remains high as well. The overall strength easily hits a solid medium by the halfway point, but seems content to remain at that level for the time being.

Chogui Primerano 3

The final third of the Chogüí Primeraño is almost a carbon copy of the second third, with the same creamy cedar at the forefront of the profile, followed by notes of peanuts, sawdust, leather, yeast and powdery cocoa. There is still very little sweetness on either the retrohale or finish, and the pepper that was present has receded noticeably. Both the burn and draw continue to impress until the end of the cigar, and the smoke levels are still well above average. The strength refuses to budge, and ends up remaining at a solid medium level when I put the nub down with less than an inch to go.

Chogui Primerano 4

Final Notes

  • While Nicolás has left the door open for Primeraño to be sold in the U.S., at this point the blend will be limited to just the Dominican Republic.
  • Nicolás also told halfwheel he is planning on releasing a cigar to celebrate the one year anniversary of Chogüí’s availability in the U.S., which began in November of last year.
  • The bands are interesting: not quite printed on a home computer, but there were some issues with the ones on my cigars that were not cut correctly, leading to small chunks hanging off.
  • I really love the logo of this release, as well as the vibrant colors it is drawn with.

Chogui Primerano band

  • The back of the band says MR, which is for a former of girlfriend of Nicolás.
  • The final smoking time for all three samples averaged one hour and 20 minutes.
  • It’s not that Chogüí doesn’t disclose it’s factory, the factory simply doesn’t have a name at the moment. Despite the lack of name, they are doing something right, as the construction on each of the cigars I smoked was excellent, almost without exception.
  • The cigars smoked for this review were sent to halfwheel by Chogüí Cigars.
  • Chogüí is distributed in the U.S. by Pospiech Inc., which is owned by the same owners as Cigar Hustler, who advertisers on halfwheel.
89 Overall Score

After Charlie's review of the Primera Edición and Patrick's review of the Chogüí Dos77 Rogusto, to say I was looking forward to this cigar was somewhat of an understatement. However, after smoking three of the Chogüí Primeraños, I can definitely say that the newest release left a little to be desired compared to what I read about the company's first two releases. While the first third on each of the samples was far and away the most interesting and complex of the cigar, the flavors in the final two thirds become increasingly less distinct as the cigar burned down. If the profile had continued down the same path as the first third, the score would have been significantly higher, but even with that qualifier, the Chogüí Primeraño is an easy cigar to recommend.

Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.