Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Criollo ‘98
Filler: Habano 2020, Corojo
Vitola: Toro (6 x 50)
Factory: Top Secret Nest
Purchase Link: Chogui Dos 77
Dos 77 Toro Review - California
Summary: Draw is a tad on the snug side. Spicy cooking spices and a wicker basket. Sage butter is a nice addition except the sage sometimes disappears and tastes like iron instead. Already had to touch up the burn. Hopefully it was just getting the kinks out of its system. The metallic notes intensify and are beginning to dry out my palate. Knocked off the ash in one solid chunk.
Beginning the second third and I’m getting the sage butter on the onset of each puff, but the finish is brief. The burn line is once again going sideways on me. It kind of tastes like an antique shop if that means anything. Citronella now so hopefully that keeps the mosquitos away. Just looking for the silver lining here. I’m downing water and still cotton-mouthed.
Vegetal earth and a touch (and definitely not a touch to much) of sweetness in the final third. Went out on me and I threw in my cards with two inches left.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Walking barefoot across damp bark.
Pairing Suggestion: Whiskey Sour.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
Dos 77 Toro Review - Wisconsin
Summary: This cigar brought a lot of common 'dark cigar' flavors, but had enough other flavors that it seemed like a bit of a change from the usual. I tasted chocolate, hay, caramel, cocoa, cream, cereal grain, earth, leather, peanuts, coffee, hickory, a meatiness, cedar, brown sugar, and gingerbread as the cigar progressed. There was quite a bit of sweetness throughout, and a building black pepper. A bit of spice could be found on the finish.
The draw started out snug; there was a bit of a plug that I worked out, and that fixed things right up. I don't really try to keep ash on a cigar, but I couldn't get it to fall off this one.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like flavors typically associated with darker cigars, but don't dig the pepper that can often come with it, you might have a winner. Or if you are trying to win a longest ash contest.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon!
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Grab a fiver. I'd happily smoke this cigar again.
Dos 77 Toro Review - Oregon
Summary: This week finds me holding a firmly wrapped cigar surrounded by a dark brown, slightly oily wrapper with a visible amount of tooth. The cold draw seems to be a perfect resistance and features mild cocoa and natural tobacco flavors. Somewhere in the distance I taste a hint of spiciness with a mild halo of sweetness.
After actually setting some heat to the foot, bitter coffee notes meld with charred oak, hay, burnt toast and a pepper spice. The profile feels dark and meaty. One inch into this cigar and a deep run on one side threatens to ruin this review. The draw is now very loose and smoke production is all but gone. I apply one major burn correct to get things back on track.
Flavors transition into the middle of the smoke offering caramel, espresso and cedar, vanilla and toast. In the middle of the cigar I have to correct the burn a couple more times. Towards the end of the middle section I taste a sweet chili spice in the retrohale smoke and it is one of the most surprising flavors yet!
In the final third I encounter yet another burn issue as a small tunnel appears in the middle of the cigar. This created a turn towards harsh for the entire profile. I finished the cigar finding smoke production picking up just a bit...and just a bit too late.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like this then you like that T-bone well done.
Pairing Suggestion: Pair this with whiskey...of some kind. I’d save the good stuff.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single stick purchase for me.
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