Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema ToroCigar Info

Micallef Experiencia La Crema is a medium bodied line in the Micallef Cigars family. The company says that each of the small batches of Experiencia La Crema goes through the same triple-fermentation process that the Gómez Sánchez has been using for a hundred years.

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 blend for Micallef Experiencia La Crema uses a San Andrés Sumatra Wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and fillers from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Panama. Each tobacco is said to be aged four years. It comes in four sizes: Robusto (5×54), Toro (6×52), Churchill (7×52), Gordo (6×60).

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema ToroVital Stats:

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: San Andrés Sumatra
Binder: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Panama
Factory: Micallef Cigars S.A. 
Blender: Joel Gómez Sanchez
Number of reviewers: 4 Randy B. (randobush) Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard) Jake P. (Jake P.) Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
Price: $11.50
Age: 10 Months
Release Date: Feb 2019
Contributed by: Micallef

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema ToroInitial Impressions

Appearance: 93

“This cigar is a beauty. Smooth to the touch and caramel in color, this perfectly applied wrapper has visible yet tight seams. It feels great in the hand and begs to be lit.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)

Aroma: 90

“I was walking out on the deck to light this cigar in the middle of tropical storm Cristobal in Ft Walton beach. The aroma of the quick whiff I took was pleasant light cocoa, but escaped me quickly as the winds took it away.” –Randy B. (randobush)

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro

First Third

Flavor: 92
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Started off with a nice kick of cinnamon. After that a hay and cedar appeared. As far as flavor goes that was about it. Not really complex. This was not going to blow you away with a whole bunch of dips and dives in flavors, but the flavors were nicely done.” –Jake P. (Jake P.)

“Wow…so much going on! Vanilla, cinnamon, and cookie dough with a wonderful pepper tingling in the sinuses bring everything into balance. This has been a phenomenal opening to this cigar.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)

Second Third

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“2nd Third brings a bit of graham cracker and baking spices, salt, light vanilla with the light cocoa now as well. There’s a savory note on the finish like red eye gravy.” –Randy B. (randobush)

“Flavors stayed mostly with earth flavors like grass, hay and leather. Maybe a little roasted coffee and some spice at times.” –Jake P. (Jake P.)

Final Third

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro

Flavor: 92
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Again the flavors stayed in that earthiness profile. I did pick up a little salt and minerals toward the end.” –Jake P. (Jake P.)

“This cigar closes much like it started. Attention grabbing from first puff to the last. There was no major changes to the flavor profile over this last third. A finger and lip burner to say the very least. I don’t want to put it down.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 93

“Draw was good but slightly loose.” –Jake P. (Jake P.)

Burn: 97

“Wavy at the start, but after about the first inch it was on cruise control. Nearly razor sharp through the last inch of the cigar. Not much I can complain” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)

Construction: 93

“The construction was spot on. Ash held on for what seemed like forever. Perfectly rolled so it burn nice and slow. Which is just the way I like it. Great job” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 93

“I very much enjoyed smoking this cigar. Transitions were delightful and changed from first to final third, each transition was subtle but noticeable. Retro was a delight. This was a dang fine smoke all around.
Each puff had a long finish, lasting until the next draw. I’d def smoke this cigar again.” –Randy B. (randobush)

“a good solid lighter sweet smoke, would be great in the morning or with an iced coffee. Enjoyable, the touchups and uneven burn were mildly irritating, but not horrible.” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)

“This cigar will not keep you guessing with flavors. That is not a bad thing in my opinion. If you are looking for a good mild cigar, I would point you to this. The Earth flavors are very pleasing and will not overwhelm you. Solid all the way to the end.” –Jake P. (Jake P.)

“There are not enough words to say how much I liked this cigar. It was engaging and kept my interest to whole time. I really didn’t want to set it down. In my notes I keep saying there was something so familiar about this cigar so I really can’t wait to find out what it was. It is box worthy and will for sure find it’s way into my daily rotation. Find some, smoke some and enjoy.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 82

Reviewer
Apr
Aro
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Const
Ovr
All
Randy B. 95 92 95 90 95 97 97 97 97
Joseph S. 90 88 88 88 88 88 85 88 88
Jake P. 90 88 90 90 90 88 97 90 90
Estevan Z. 95 92 95 95 95 97 95 95 97

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Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro

Overall Score – 92 – Great

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro
Summary
"There are not enough words to say how much I liked this cigar. It was engaging and kept my interest to whole time. I really didn't want to set it down. In my notes I keep saying there was something so familiar about this cigar so I really can't wait to find out what it was. It is box worthy and will for sure find it's way into my daily rotation. Find some, smoke some and enjoy." -Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
Appearance
93
Aroma
90
First Third
92
Second Third
89
Final Third
92
Draw
93
Burn
97
Construction
93
Overall Experience
93
92
Great