Vitola: Toro (6 x 52)
Purchase Link: The T
The T Review - Oregon
Summary: First thing I noticed about this cigar was TOOTH! The wrapper was pretty oily and felt like 80 grit sandpaper. I smelled cocoa, mild barnyard scents and Worcestershire sauce both on the wrapper and foot. The cold draw was good; leaning towards loose and featured more cocoa flavors, dry hay and what I’d label as beef jerky.
Once the smoke got rolling, the flavors all revolved around a real dark, heavy theme. Strong espresso, fresh oak, grilling spices, black pepper, burnt toast and dank earthy notes combined for a weighty feel.
Smoke production was good at the start, but about 1 1/2” in, dropped off and I found myself facing a large tunnel in the cigar. I powered through it and the cigar recovered for about another 15 minutes of smoke time just to run into another void further into the stick. It was like a movie plot just making sense and then another character gets unexpectedly killed off.
There was very little shift in flavors for me. The oak notes eventually turned into a welcomed sweeter cedar profile. Somewhere in the final third of the cigar I noticed a cooling sensation in the smoke too. I wouldn’t say I tasted mint, but there was a mint-like effect on the palate.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like this then you probably like spelunking in socks and sandals.
Pairing Suggestion: I’d pair this with coffee and plenty of cream or for the evening, a stout with a sweeter profile...maybe even a good Pinot Noir.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single stick purchase on this one. It didn’t hit enough high spots to make me reach for this one over and over.
The T Review - California
Summary: Velvety smooth wrapper. Perfect draw. The first few puffs are giving me oak and the inside of Chuck E Cheese's. I'm not picking up any sweetness, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just unusual in my experience. Palm tree flavors attempt to give this first third some depth.
Finally, I get something else to talk about as I begin the second third: Gingerbread. Unfortunately, the flavors remain muted. The tobacco isn't dry, it just isn't making my mouth water.
Watered down tootsie roll in the final third. I don't even know how you would go about watering down a tootsie roll but I'm sure there's a video tutorial out there somewhere. The construction has been spot on throughout, so it has yard gar potential.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Needing to clean the sweat stains out of your hats.
Pairing Suggestion: Cuba Libre.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
The T Review - Wisconsin
Summary: This cigar chose strength and boldness over complexity and finesse.
It started up with chocolate, abundant leather, earth, oak, cherry, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Then it trended toward harshness. Pepper and spice built up, then exploded, taking over entirely for a while. The level of pepper that came through dulled my taste buds, so after the pepper blast mercifully ended, flavors were, unfortunately, more muted.
I did get more flavors from it, though they weren't quite as good as before. Creamy chocolate, nuts, and caramel joined in. Then another pepper blast for a few minutes. Then back to the good flavors.
The big pepper blasts at various points in this cigar greatly impacted my enjoyment.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like 'em strong, bold, and dark, you might be in for a peppery treat.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon or something strong to keep up with it
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single
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