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Vitola: Double Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 60
Country of Origin:
Blender: , , , and
Number of reviewers: 5—– (shuckins) (mdwest) (WyldKnyght) (NavyPiper) (rhetorik)
Price: $8.50
Age: 1 Year, 2 Months
Release Date: July 2013
Contributed by: Royal Gold Cigars

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 87

“Not the best looking cigar, but not bad. There are some prominent veins, but nothing out of the ordinary. The wrapper is a medium brown and is a little splotchy. The oddest part of this cigar is the foot, there is a whole section that looks loose, and one that looks tight.” – (rhetorik)

Aroma: 88

“The wrapper had a nice sweet honey like smell. The foot gave off a light scent of tobacco and there was a taste of light pepper and hay on the dry puff.” – (WyldKnyght)

First Third

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Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“This cigar started with a light pepper and smoky flavor. The pepper picked up right away, I felt it mostly on the back of my tongue and throat.” – (WyldKnyght)

“First third starts off with wood, tobacco and a type of spice that I can’t put a name to. It’s nice and smooth, no harshness at all, just a nice all around flavor. Draw was pretty tight, requiring me to run the reamer through it, which helped a lot. Decent smoke output, and the ash lasted the entire third before dropping off. Burn is wavy throughout this third.” – (NavyPiper)

Second Third

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Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Less pepper lets a better tasting wood come forward along with more coffee flavor. They blend together well, and when a pleasant allspice shows up to push even more of the musty taste out of the picture, it brings an enjoyable smoothness to the cigar.” – (shuckins)

“The first thing to notice about this cigar at this point is that the ash hasn’t dropped yet. Very solid construction. The spice has backed off a little in this third and I’m not getting as much of the smokey flavor. I’m mostly getting cedar. I can’t exactly say why, but I’m enjoying this third more than the first. I think the edge is gone and the wood flavors are a little more pronounced.” – (rhetorik)

Final Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

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“The earthy taste of the tobacco pops in now and then, sometimes mixing with the coffee/wood blend, other times standing alone. This lets the pepper have free range to kick at will, which it takes advantage of to provide an exciting and flavorful finish to the cigar.” – (shuckins)

“Still no real change in flavor or profile. It’s pretty much been all wood, grass and tobacco from beginning to end. The blend is nice, but for the most part this has been a one dimensional stick from onset to completion.” – (mdwest)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 87

“Draw was pretty tight until I reamed it. After that, it was good.” – (NavyPiper)

Burn: 89

“Overall, good combustion and a straight burn line for the entirety of the smoke.” – (mdwest)

Construction: 86

“A very solid feel to the cigar and a nice tight cap, but the foot was very airy because of gaps in the tobacco. This is what caused the heat and harshness at the beginning of the cigar.” – (shuckins)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 88

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“An interesting cigar to smoke, with flavors that jumped around fairly often and kept the smoker on his toes.” – (shuckins)

“The flavors presented were nice, but there was little going on that “wow’d” me. The first puff was identical to every remaining puff, all the way to the finish, with no changes at all in flavor, strength or complexity. Not a bad smoke, but, also not one I would likely seek out again any time soon.” – (mdwest)

“Overall, this was a good cigar, not something I would smoke regularly. I would have preferred a little more flavor or flavor changes, this one was a bit one dimensional. I would smoke it again, but would definitely let it sit first and see if it would get better with some age.” – (WyldKnyght)

“Overall, it was OK. Nothing earthshaking about it. It was pretty smooth, not very potent flavor wise and in regards to flavors, very consistent through the smoke. Only real change was in the final third when the spice type flavor increased a bit in strength. I’d definitely smoke another, but probably wouldn’t go out of my way to score a box.” – (NavyPiper)

“I wasn’t crazy about the first third of this cigar, but things really picked up in the later thirds. The flavors weren’t too complex and there weren’t very many transitions, but the flavors were solid in the last two thirds and really enjoyable. I would definitely smoke more of these and recommend to just about anybody. I would take this golfing or sit down and appreciate it.” – (rhetorik)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 94

  • Appearance 87% 87%
  • Aroma 88% 88%
  • First Third 88% 88%
  • Second Third 88% 88%
  • Final Third 88% 88%
  • Draw 87% 87%
  • Burn 89% 89%
  • Construction 86% 86%
  • Overall Experience 88% 88%

Total Score - Good

Original Score: 89 (Good)

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