Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia ToroCigar Info

The Micallef | Migdalia is named after Migdalia Sanchez, daughter-in-law of Pedro F. Gomez. Migdalia was born in 1947 in Guantanamo, Cuba. She graduated from the Habana School of Tobacconists at the age of 17. Migdalia has represented Cuba in many international exhibitions and has received many awards for being as one of the best cigar rollers in the world. She also contributed to the blending of the Micallef | Migdalia which you can find to buy here.

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 Micallef | Migdalia is described as a full strength cigar and comes in three sizes: Corona Gorda (4×46), Toro (6×52), and Corona Extra (6×46). The blend uses a San Andres Habano wrapper, 4 year old Sumatra binder, and 4 year old Nicaraguan and Dominican filler.

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia ToroVital Stats:

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: San Andres Habano
Binder: Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Factory: Micallef Cigars Factory
Blender: Joel Gómez Sanchez
Number of reviewers: 5 Ryan H. (Ryan H.) Alan (Eulogy) Mickey T. (irratebass) John A. (Bostoneo) Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
Price: $8.00
Age: 5 Months
Release Date: 2017
Contributed by: Micallef Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia ToroInitial Impressions

Appearance: 89

“Very nice looking toro cigar. The wrapper is interesting looking in that it goes from a medium-brown at the cap and darkens to a chocolate brown near the foot. I doubt that this was intentional but it does give it a unique appearance. There’s delicate veins that run the length of the cigar and a well applied triple cap. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

Aroma: 93

“A cold draw reveals a damp, musty tobacco flavor with a hint of chocolate. Off of the foot and wrapper, scents of chocolate and tobacco dominate the nose. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

First Third

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia Toro

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Wood and oatmeal on the cold draw. Right from the beginning I get a smooth sweet cream mixed with wood and that red wine flavor. This is really nice right out the gate. Strength is at a medium.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“There’s a real nice quality of the smoke, almost custard like. The initial light is a rich note of leather that lingers on the palate. Soon after a rich nuttiness and semisweet chocolate join the fray with a mild level of pepper rounding out the profile. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

Second Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Still pleasant but mostly unchanged from the first third. Notes of sweet cedar, leather, and the big change is a much milder

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia Toro

level of pepper than the third. I occasionally get hints of cream and a slight bready note. At about the halfway point some baking spice gets throw in and adds a much needed life to the cigar. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

“Picking up some coffee and walnuts flavors in this third. Nice 1 inch ash, but after I tapped it the burn became wonky, I will straighten it. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Final Third

Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“It’s almost like a different cigar at the end. The notes of cedar, leather, mild pepper are all still there but now there’s a growing sweetness of caramel and soda. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

“Heavy cream, black coffee, cashews, leather, and cinnamon end a wonderful cigar. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

Overall Impressions

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia Toro

Draw: 92

“I like a little more snug of a draw than most but this was a little too tight even for me. It didn’t effect the smoke or draw too much but was a bit of an effort. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

Burn: 96

“Burn needed no corrections” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Construction: 94

“Great construction on this one. Burned cool, lots of smoke, plenty of ash and just a great smoking experience. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

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

“Would buy a box.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“All of the flavors were crisp and even though it took awhile to get there the pay off was certainly worth it. I would certainly recommend picking up a five pack and would smoke this anytime it was offered.” –Alan (Eulogy)

“Really nice cigar. No complaints. I got plenty of wood, cream, some white and black pepper along with some red wine flavors mixed with coffee and tea. I really enjoyed this cigar, and would like to try it in a corona or robusto.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“This was a fairly straight forward and nondescript cigar. Nothing wowed me, nothing made me dislike the flavors. The burn was a bit wonky the first half is the only thing I could hold against it. Not something to reach for when you want something great, but maybe when you want something that is just consistent.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“Great balance of flavors that transitions enough to keep the smoker engaged. Thoroughly enjoyed it throughout and would recommend it to novice and experienced cigar smoker alike. Highly recommend.” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 119

Reviewer
Apr
Aro
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Const
Ovr
All
Ryan H. 90 92 88 90 88 90 95 93 90
Alan 92 92 92 90 95 92 95 95 95
Mickey T. 88 85 90 90 90 90 97 93 93
John A. 88 90 88 88 88 95 83 88 88
Jeff 95 95 95 95 95 97 97 95 95

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Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia Toro

Overall Score – 90 – Very Good

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Migdalia Toro
Summary
"All of the flavors were crisp and even though it took awhile to get there the pay off was certainly worth it. I would certainly recommend picking up a five pack and would smoke this anytime it was offered." -Alan (Eulogy)
Appearance
89
Aroma
93
First Third
89
Second Third
89
Final Third
91
Draw
92
Burn
96
Construction
93
Overall Experience
93
92
Overall Score - Great