Blind Cigar Review: Quorum | Maduro Toro

Blind Cigar Review: Quorum | Maduro Toro

Blind Cigar Review: Quorum | Maduro ToroCigar Info

Quorum Nicaraguan cigars are one of the most popular bundle cigars in the world. Aimed at affordable pricing and medium-body, Quorum cigars are a staple in many humidors. Quorum cigars are rolled at J.C. Newman’s PENSA factory in Nicaragua. The Quorum maduro uses a Sumatra Sungrown wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and fillers from Nicaragua. The line also comes in Classic and Shade blends.

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.

Quorom Maduro comes in 5 sizes: Churchill 7″ x 48, Toro 6″ x 50, Double Gordo 6″ x 60, Corona 5 1/2″ x 43, and Robusto 4 3/4″ x 50. Pricing ranges form $2.50 to $3.44. The line has been around since 2002 with all sizes but the Double Gordo which was introduced in 2012.

Blind Cigar Review: Quorum | Maduro ToroVital Stats:

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Sumatra Sungrown
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: J.C. Newman PENSA
Blender: undisclosed
Number of reviewers: 4 James H. (Keikan Jim) Ryan H. (Ryan H.) Mickey T. (irratebass) John A. (Bostoneo)
Price: $2.80
Age: 2 Months
Release Date: 2002
Contributed by: J.C. Newman Cigar Co

Blind Cigar Review: Quorum | Maduro ToroInitial Impressions

Appearance: 91

“Rustic is the term I’d use to describe this cigar. This toro sized cigar is unevenly rolled with lumps, bulges and visible seams which does however give it character. The cap is also uneven and loosely applied further leading to its straight out of the old west appearance. I shall name this one Rooster Cogburn. ” –James H. (Keikan Jim)

Aroma: 91

“On the nose, notes of barnyard, old wood, hay, and sweetened tobacco exude from the wrapper and foot. On a cold draw, a

Blind Cigar Review: J.C. Newman | Quorum Maduro Toro
Blind Cigar Review: J.C. Newman | Quorum Maduro Toro

tight draw reveals notes of barnyard, dark cherries, and sweet grass.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

First Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Dry draw is sweet and musty with some resistance. Very nice indeed. Once lit, I got a slight runner which I did not touch up. Brown sugar and nuts were my first thoughts on the profile. After that, a hint of dark fruit. The finish is long with a hint of cherry and milk chocolate. The runner corrected itself presenting a fairly even burn line.” –James H. (Keikan Jim)

“Cigar starts with a red pepper spice that quickly calms to black pepper. Draw mostly consist of earth with some undeveloped notes trying to come through. Some dried fruit is next to reveal its self. The earth receives some extra character more of a coriander or turmeric. Draw is a little tight and burn is ok.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Second Third

Flavor: 86
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

Blind Cigar Review: J.C. Newman | Quorum Maduro Toro
Blind Cigar Review: J.C. Newman | Quorum Maduro Toro

“Rolling into the second third, the profile lightens up a little on the earthy flavors, which still overwhelm this cigar, but less at least. Rich mushroom and top soil notes come into play on the back end of this third, providing a much needed switch up.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“Earth is joined by walnut wood a little bitter but at current is complimenting the profile nicely. Even though the cigar is a little singular noted it is very enjoyable. Burn is performing good. Cream is beginning to Inch it’s way in.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Final Third

Flavor: 87
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Entering the final third, the cigar takes on the cherry coke flavors of the finish. Dark fruit and sweetness. The good news is, the flavors are starting to pop again. The retro is smooth white pepper and is also a highlight in an otherwise mundane smoking experience.” –James H. (Keikan Jim)

“Cream and earth are the main attraction, and the bitterness becomes unmanageable and less in tune with the profile.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Overall Impressions

Blind Cigar Review: J.C. Newman | Quorum Maduro Toro
Blind Cigar Review: J.C. Newman | Quorum Maduro Toro

 

Draw: 90

“Very nice draw with just the right amount of resistance. ” –James H. (Keikan Jim)

Burn: 93

“The burn was very good no corrections or waviness to worry about.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Construction: 93

“This cigar was very well constructed regardless of the initial appearance. No soft spots and a nice firm feel to the touch. This cigar had good combustion and burned evenly throughout the smoking experience. ” –James H. (Keikan Jim)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 90

“The first third was good with flavors of woods and dark fruit with a nice sweet finish. The second third was mediocre at best and at one point I considered putting it down. I’m glad I didn’t though because it picked back up in the final third where it shined. I wouldn’t pay a premium for this one, but I would smoke it again. ” –James H. (Keikan Jim)

“Worth a try. Draw was a little of a crap shoot.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“This was a damn good smoke! I was a bit apprehensive about it’s looks, but it saw my concern and greeted me with open arms and didn’t let that nasty earthiness overpower my palate. Instead it gave me a nice sweetness that was hard to explain…..until it hit me like a ton of bricks…..BLACK LICORICE!!!!! This flavor brought the whole cigar as one. I would definitely smoke this again.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“Well, simply put, not my blend. I could feel my teeth click as I tried to smoke this cigar, a good sign that the draw is way too damn tight on this cigar, especially when stored at 65% rh. The wrapper become overwhelming engorged with moisture while smoking, causing the head to crack and unravel as well. Given the profile, this would pair perfectly with a smoky and peaty scotch for sure as it had similarities. Given the quality of the materials and construction/draw, I cannot personally recommend this stick based on this single sample. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 73

Reviewer
Apr
Aro
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Const
Ovr
All
James H. 88 95 88 87 87 90 90 88 88
Ryan H. 92 95 88 85 87 85 92 95 88
Mickey T. 92 88 90 92 95 95 95 95 95
John A. 83 88 83 85 85 78 83 78 78

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Blind Cigar Review: Quorum | Maduro Toro

Overall Score – 90 – Very Good

Blind Cigar Review: Quorum | Maduro Toro
Summary
"The first third was good with flavors of woods and dark fruit with a nice sweet finish. The second third was mediocre at best and at one point I considered putting it down. I'm glad I didn't though because it picked back up in the final third where it shined. I wouldn't pay a premium for this one, but I would smoke it again. " -James H. (Keikan Jim)
Appearance
91
Aroma
91
First Third
88
Second Third
86
Final Third
93
Final Third
87
Draw
90
Burn
93
Construction
93
Overall Experience
90
90
Very Good

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