Vital Stats:

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Number of reviewers: 9 —–  (Dubv23) (rhetorik) (WyldKnyght) (B-daddy) (NavyPiper) (StogieNinja) (Sp@rky426) (mjohnsoniii) (bigslowrock)
Price: $8.00
Age: 3 months
Release Date: July 2013
Contributed by: Meier & Dutch

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.

Initial Impressions

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Appearance: 91

“This cigar looks great. It looks like a perfectly molded and round cigar. It has a very nice dark espresso color but the veins were darker in color contrasting the wrapper. There was small tooth all throughout and has what appears to be a double cap.” – (Dubv23)

Aroma: 89

“Smells like a sweet chocolate and caramel. Very appealing.” – (WyldKnyght)

Construction: 90

“Nice round roll with a firm feel that gives very slightly when pinched. The cigar had zero soft spots or imperfections that stood out.” – (Dubv23)

First Third

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Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The first puff greets me with a familiar flavor consisting of coffee and leather, with just a hint of spice. After a few minutes I’m starting to get a salty and sweet flavor, like salted caramel. Moving into the heart of this third, I’m really enjoying the cigar. It’s fairly complex and just below the strong level of spice. Just how I like it. I’m still getting lots of earthy tones like leather and tea, but with that same hint of sweetness.” – (rhetorik)

“First third starts off with pretty strong tobacco and strong black coffee. There is a lingering aftertaste. Tight firm ash in this third and good burn and draw.” – (NavyPiper)

Second Third

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Flavor: 92
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Pepper is all but gone, nice smoky wood flavors. Started getting some hay flavor during this third. Nice almost white ash. Completely smooth and creamy.” – (WyldKnyght)

Final Third

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Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“Continuing with the whiskey theme in this third, I’m getting some roasted barley and more molasses with just a hint of coffee. Towards the middle of this third, the coffee is taking over again, but now with a little hint of walnut. Towards the end of this third a buttery creaminess has been added to the profile, another great third.” – (rhetorik)

“Nearly identical to the second third: dark cocoa with a dark cherry sweetness, espresso and a little stronger wood flavor, with cedar and leather hanging in there. Smokes great right up to the nub, when it gains just a bit of dry harshness.” – (StogieNinja)

Overall Impressions

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Draw: 93

“The draw was great the whole time and had no problems.” – (NavyPiper)

Burn: 91

“From the time I lit it, the burn on this cigar stayed on point and remained even throughout.” – (mjohnsoniii)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 91

“This was really just a good cigar. The flavors were promising for those who favor a strong full body experience but there were metallic flavors and that copper taste at the end that took away from the experience. Construction was good and burn was nothing to be mad about but if that metallic currency flavor decided to stay home I would have rated this better. Maybe rest would do this well and I would be interested in finding out.” – (Dubv23)

“This was a very, very good cigar that, if the price is right, I could see being added to my regular rotation. It kept me entertained and the flavors were very enjoyable. I would recommend these for almost anyone, although may be too strong for beginners. Normally I like cigars in a smaller ring gauge, but in this case, the toro works very well. I would try other vitolas for comparison, but wound’t be disappointed if this is the only available vitola. It was very well balanced and was not overpowered by any flavors at any time, the whole cigar had a pretty dark flavor profile, in a good way.” — (rhetorik)

“Great cigar, definitely be smoking this again, had everything I love about smoking a cigar. Smooth creamy thick smoke, great draw and burn.” – (WyldKnyght)

“I can’t say I liked anything about this cigar. The appearance, construction, burn, flavors and draw were all bad. I hope the other reviewers fared better and this was just a dud. I wouldn’t recommend this cigar to anyone.” – (B-daddy)

“A good, solid, powerful smoke. For me it was just about the right size, long enough to maintain it’s enjoyment, but not too long to where you could get burned out or bored with it. It got a little soft at the end.” – (NavyPiper)

“Everything you hope for in a . Chocolate, coffee, sweet cedar. Rich, sweet, and creamy. I’d absolutely recommend this to fans of Fuente’s Anejo line, or similar sweet maduros with that slight raisin or dark cherry sweetness. I actually prefer a little less sweetness, and a little bit more of the rich tobacco core (think the Regios Reserva, or the UF-13) but that’s a minor quibble. This cigar was great!” – (StogieNinja)

“I really didn’t get too much out of this cigar. The middle third had some decent flavor, but the first third was flavorless. I was then greeted with harsh smoke to finish the cigar. I think this is a skip for me.” – (bigslowrock)

“The combination of flavors, burn and draw of this cigar made for an excellent smoking experience. I would honestly be surprised if this wasn’t a top tier stogie. It’s definitely a keeper.” – (mjohnsoniii)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 83

Total Score: 91 (Very Good)

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