Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro
Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro
Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro
Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro

Vital Stats:

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.

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: Tony Alvarez Cigar Factory
Blender: Tony Alvarez
Number of reviewers: 5 —- Ron (shuckins) Gregg (McGreggor57) Sandeep (Djangos) Milton (mjohnsoniii) Aaron (aaron72)
Price: >$2.00
Age: 1 Month
Release Date: Unknown
Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff
*Note – you can purchase these from Cuban Crafters

Blind Cigar Review: Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“There are a couple of water spots on the fairly dark brown wrapper. Minimal veins and the cigar looks neatly rolled with very tight seams.” –Aaron (aaron72)

Aroma: 93

“Look’s like a steak, but smells like dessert, with cocoa, allspice, light coffee and leather.” –Ron (shuckins)

Blind Cigar Review: Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro

First Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“There is an initial blast of pepper after which the pepper ramps up for about a half inch before dying down. It is about the one inch mark that I begin to get other flavors that were so far obscured by the pepper. There are definitely woodsy flavors mostly cedar and some nuances of chocolate and some nutmeg. The pepper is settling to the back of the throat. There is also a tingling to the front of the tongue. The same flavors persist the entire third. The burn is good but the draw is slightly too tight for my liking. There is creamy wispy smoke but I think the wispiness is because of the draw. The ash is medium grey and is holding for about three quarters of an inch before falling off.” –Sandeep (Djangos)

“No real flavors to note on the pre-light draw, but I do get some spiciness on my lips. Initially I am getting what sounds like an odd combination of spicy chocolate, but it is a very enjoyable flavor. A half inch in and the strength starts to die down a bit and I begin to get a bit of sweetened coffee. An oak aftertaste lingers on the palate for a few seconds after each draw.” –Aaron (aaron72)

Blind Cigar Review: Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro

Second Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Little more coffee comes through as the cedar fades and the pepper eases up a bit as it nears halfway. Still has a taste of allspice to enjoy, along with the campfire smoke tobacco flavor, although it’s not as woodsy tasting as it started out being.” –Ron (shuckins)

“Dry hay, walnuts and still some coffee with white pepper at the end of the retrohale, I’m having to puff aggressively to keep the cigar lit. The flavors are a bit harsh because of this.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

Blind Cigar Review: Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro
Blind Cigar Review: Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro

Final Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The smoke has started billowing and is very thick and creamy. The nuttiness and wood are very prominent as well as the subtle baking spices but altogether works very well. It began burning a bit hot at this point and caused an almost harsh taste.” –Milton (mjohnsoniii)

“The woodiness with a bit of creaminess continues in this third. The smoke production has really ramped up. The cigar went out on me again in this third. Even on re-light, I had to keep puffing to keep it going which caused it to get hot.” –Aaron (aaron72)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 86

“Much looser than I prefer, especially given the sponginess of the cigar.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

Burn: 85

“The burn wasn’t consistent at all. Half the time, it was razor sharp and the other half was really uneven. It really got bad during the final third.” –Milton (mjohnsoniii)

Construction: 90

“Firm to touch and feel. No soft spots were appreciated. Veins are felt quite prominently. The surface is also quite bumpy.” –Sandeep (Djangos)

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

“This cigar finished better than it started, so naturally I want to smoke another one, just to see if will benefit from a little longer rest time.” –Ron (shuckins)

“There seemed to be some interesting flavors, but the effort required to smoke this cigar really dampened my enthusiasm for it. Maybe with more rest and dry boxing, my experience would be better.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

“Definitely need to try this again but if you are not a fan of pepper this one is not for you. The burn and draw may have been a one time thing. Overall enjoyable.” –Sandeep (Djangos)

“This was a very decent cigar, especially in the second third. The first and third had times that made it almost great but tended to waver off. This could potentially be a very good cigar but it wasn’t consistent at all. I would definitely buy a box (or bundle) of these as time could very well do them some good.” –Milton (mjohnsoniii)

“The flavors were pretty good, a bit disappointed about it going out multiple times, but could see another one that burned well scoring better.” –Aaron (aaron72)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 69

Total Score: 89 (Good)

Reviewer Appea-rance Aroma 1/3 2/3 3/3 Draw Burn Constr. Overall
Ron 90 90 88 88 90 80 85 90 88
Gregg 88 90 88 88 88 85 80 88 83
Sandeep 90 93 90 90 90 85 88 90 90
Milton 88 93 93 95 90 95 85 90 95
Aaron 90 93 93 88 88 88 85 90 88
Overall 90 93 90 88 90 86 85 90 88
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Blind Cigar Review: Tony Alvarez | Habano Toro