Last June, Sinistro Cigars announced a new line – The Last Barbarian. At the time, it was said to be a pre-release cigar, and the regular production it still yet to hit shelves. That is scheduled to happen sometime in 2022. Sinistro The Last Barbarian is rolled at Tabacalera El Artista in the Dominican Republic, the same factory that makes Buffalo TEN. It comes in two sizes, Robusto ($10.00) and Toro ($12.00). Only 4,000 of each size were made for pre-release.
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 uses a Dominican Maduro wrapper, African Cameroon binder, and Dominican “Super Ligero”, Nicaraguan Ligero, Pennsylvania Ligero, and Nicaraguan Seco fillers. The pre-release of Sinistro The Last Barbarian came in bundles of 10 while the regular production cigars will be boxed.
Vitola: Toro Length: 6″ Ring Gauge: 50 Country of Origin: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Maduro) Binder: Cameroon Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, U.S.A Factory: Tabacalera El Artista Blender: James Agopian Number of reviewers: 4 – Ryan H. (Ryan H.) James H. (Keikan Jim) Alan(Eulogy) Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard) Price: $12.00 Age: 8 Months Release Date: June 2021 (Limited Release) Contributed by: Sinistro Cigars
Initial Impressions – Sinistro The Last Barbarian Toro
“The wrapper is dark chocolate brown with an oily sheen. The bunching is a little off as the body protrudes and juts in like someone is squeezing the cigar. The head is a little off shape as well but the triple cap is large and well applied. Even with the odd shape of the body the wrapper is actually surprisingly well applied with tight seams.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“Smells absolutely amazing. Silage, molasses, hay, earth; all very sweet in nature and very thick. You could probably hold this cigar 6 to 10 inches away from your nose and still smell the wonderful aromas being emitted from this cigar.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
Flavor: 93 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“The draw is a little tight and it is affecting the smoke output and I think causing a bit of a char note. The notes are a little muddled due to the charred flavor. I get some notes of cedar and leather with a mild peppery finish.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“The dry draw has an excellent draw with just the right amount of resistance. Sweet tobacco flavors coat the tongue. Once lit I get a nice musty sweet tobacco flavor with ample smoke output. The finish is slightly salty and creamy and lingers until the next puff.” –James H. (Keikan Jim)
Flavor: 91 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“The draw has opened up a little bit but it is still a little restricted. This does allow some stone fruit notes to come through but it is still a cedar, leather, and pepper profile.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“Lots of oak, mineral, and leather, consistent meaty mouth feel.” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)
Flavor: 90 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“Excellent cigar from the draw and burn to profile, construction a little lacking. The cigar ends with the leather earth sweet finish. The cigar was so balanced. This is clearly the best cigar I have smoked in quite some time. Box-worthy for sure.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“The final third is a repeat of the rest of the cigar at this point. Woody notes dominate with a creamy long finish. The retro is very smooth as well with no bite.” –James H. (Keikan Jim)
Overall Impressions – Sinistro The Last Barbarian Toro
“It is all over the place in terms of draw. The beginning and end are far too tight but the middle has times where it is just a little too tight but also almost perfect. This causes the smoke output and quality to suffer quite a bit especially when you realize what it should be like when it is smoking properly.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“From start to finish this cigar had a nearly razor sharp burn with zero corrections needed.” –James H. (Keikan Jim)
“The body was oddly bunch but the rest looked great. The triple cap and seams were great. I squeezed the body and it was firm to the touch but it was a little too firm since it caused a lot of draw issues.” –Alan (Eulogy)
Overall Strength: Medium Overall Body/Complexity: Medium Experience Overall: 93
“A very good cigar that could be smoked for any occasion and would serve its purpose. Very sweet and light compared to what I am used to. So, I have good faith that this will be a very good selling cigar, with many people looking to enjoy its near-perfect experience.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“Construction and flavors were excellent. The one drawback was the linear flavor profile which never seemed to change.” –James H. (Keikan Jim)
“Sort of middle-of-the-road experience. The draw really held the flavors back and cause it to be a bit of a chore to smoke. When it was smoking properly, it was enjoyable but most of the time it was difficult to enjoy.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“Loved the flavor combos, a good strength, and great mouth feel.” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)
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Sinistro The Last Barbarian Toro – Blind Cigar Review
Sinistro The Last Barbarian Toro
"A very good cigar that could be smoked for any occasion and would serve its purpose. very sweet and light compared to what I am used to. So, I have good faith that this will be a very good selling cigar, with many people looking to enjoy its near-perfect experience." -Ryan H. (Ryan H.)