Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome ToroCigar Info

Blue Mountain Cigars began in April 1995 when cigar connoisseur and entrepreneur Marvin Wright started a cigar factory with his wife Jacqueline. Wright was born and raised in Jamaica. He was the son of an entrepreneur who grew tobacco. He spend many years in Cuba where developing his passion and appreciation for premium cigars and eventually landed in Nicaragua. Today in Wright makes cigars in Nicaragua using many of the old Jamaican traditions of cigars making as well as many of the techniques and philosophies he learned from growers and master blenders Cuba.Today we are reviewing the Blue Mountain Cigars El Threesome.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

The Blue Mountain Cigars El Threesome is unique in that it uses three different wrappers to cover the binder, and not in a barber pole. The cigar starts off entirely as a Connecticut, then halfway you hit the Ecuadorian Habano, then finally a Brazilian Mata Fina maduro. The rest of the blend uses a mix of Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers and a Nicaraguan binder. The cigar is rolled at the Blue Mountain Cigars factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome ToroVital Stats:

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut, Ecuadorian Habano, and Brazilian Mata Fina Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras
Factory: Blue Mountain Cigar Factory 
Blender: Marvin Wright
Number of reviewers: 4 Jason H. (Jokey Smurf) John I. (John I.) Diana (ArmyRN) David F. (dfafjf)
Price: $7.50
Age: 6 Months
Release Date: 2011
Contributed by: Blue Mountain Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome ToroInitial Impressions

Appearance: 91

“This is a really fine looking sample that is sporting three different wrapper sections… I’d identify them as Connecticut, and maduro, with the middle section being maybe corojo or Rosado…. Or something else. The wrapper is dividing the cigar into thirds. All aspects of construction appear superb.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Aroma: 93

“There is a bit of change in aroma from cap to foot with the initial aroma being dark and full of compost. As the wrappers change the aroma becomes less pungent and at the foot is mainly sugary sweet tobacco.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

First Third

Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome Toro

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The initial puffs on this sample are surprisingly mild with some sweetness and cedar on the palate. Through the nose the smoke is full of white pepper but is mild enough to retrohale on every puff.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

“The cigar started out fairly mild with a nutty note mixed with wood and some black pepper at the back of my throat. It smoothed out very quickly and became very pleasant with some light coffee. It actually had more flavor than what I was expecting so that was a nice surprise.” –Diana (ArmyRN)

Second Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome Toro

“A nice mellow barnyard / hay flavor profile takes center stage. Mixed in with sweet peanut butter and sweet cream. Really good cigar with enough spice mixed in to keep me interested. ” –David F. (dfafjf)

“The sweetness had faded as I burn into the second wrapper and the smoke has become more leathery and woody. Through the nose the smoke is spicier and I’ve decided to show down on the retrohale. ” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“The cigar has progressed to the maduro wrapper and has become rich and creamy. Notes of coffee and sweet chocolate cocoa are the main focus for me. This is a very interesting and flavorful cigar as it goes through the transitions of wrapper leaf.” –Diana (ArmyRN)

Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome Toro

“The final third has shown a significant change in flavor as the smoke has become fully spicy with heavy black pepper and rich earth notes. Through the nose the smoke is now full and exceedingly spicy. I’m really amazed at the change of flavors and injured by the blending and impact of the wrapper.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 90

“The draw was consistent throughout the smoking experience. There were no tight spots nor was the cigar sloppy and loose. It was good for the size of the cigar also and didn’t allow the cigar to burn too fast. Nicely done.” –Diana (ArmyRN)

Burn: 84

“I had a difficult time keeping an even burn on this cigar. It needed several touch ups throughout. ” –David F. (dfafjf)

Construction: 86

“I had no problems with the construction of this cigar. No lifts, no cracks and no breakdown of the cap over the smoking time frame. Solidly constructed and it felt good in the hand.” –Diana (ArmyRN)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 92

“What a tale of three wrappers… Each portion had something unique to offer with the final portion being something worth waiting for. Even with the burn issues this is something I’d smoke again and again.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

“Pretty disappointing cigar. With so many cigar makers playing with different wrapper combinations, this one seems to lurch toward that band wagon, but fails to secure a seat. The transition points between wrappers were actually the worst parts of this cigar both in flavor and the physical transitions. There are any number of very basic barber pole style cigars that would have been much more enjoyable than this. ” –John I. (John I.)

“I was honestly surprised by this cigar. When I saw the three different wrappers I was immediately a little suspicious that it was going to be what I call a “hokey” cigar. Gimmick without much to it. I was pleasantly surprised by the consistent good flavor notes and the ability of the cigar to transition fairly seamlessly into the next type of wrapper. It didn’t go from nothing to a beat down and that impressed me more than anything. It kept building in intensity but in a very mild yet noticeable way. This is a great cigar for a herf where everyone can share what they are getting from this unusual cigar configuration. I’d smoke it again!” –Diana (ArmyRN)

“The appearance and overall flavors of this cigar was fantastic. Sadly the overall construction issues left me disappointed. I would like to try this cigar again though as there was a lot that excited me about it. ” –David F. (dfafjf)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 93

Reviewer
Apr
Aro
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Const
Ovr
All
Jason H. 92 95 90 90 95 88 85 87 92
John I. 88 90 85 85 83 90 83 85 80
Diana 92 88 90 87 90 90 90 90 90
David F. 100 97 97 95 88 92 85 85 92

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Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome Toro

Overall Score – 89 – Good

Blind Cigar Review: Blue Mountain Cigars | El Threesome Toro
Summary
"I was honestly surprised by this cigar. When I saw the three different wrappers I was immediately a little suspicious that it was going to be what I call a “hokey” cigar. Gimmick without much to it. I was pleasantly surprised by the consistent good flavor notes and the ability of the cigar to transition fairly seamlessly into the next type of wrapper. It didn’t go from nothing to a beat down and that impressed me more than anything. It kept building in intensity but in a very mild yet noticeable way. This is a great cigar for a herf where everyone can share what they are getting from this unusual cigar configuration. I’d smoke it again!" -Diana (ArmyRN)
Appearance
91
Aroma
93
First Third
88
Second Third
88
Final Third
89
Draw
90
Burn
84
Construction
86
Overall Experience
92
89
Good