Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Vitola: 5 x 50
Purchase Link: Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Maduro
TOOTHPICK 2.0 MADURO REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: The cap looks a bit odd and I'm getting watermelon on the cold draw. TIME TO GET WEIRD! Pepper, a slight saltiness, cornflakes, and a cardboard box in the first few puffs. Watermelon rind and foil close out the first third.
The retro hale in the second third is a mix of peanut butter and the feeling you get when you do a somersault underwater and forget to plug your nose. Aaaaand finally I get something good: Sunflower seeds!
This cigar has had some extremely unusual flavors and I'm wondering if I'm smoking tobacco from some region of the world not known for their tobacco (like Perique from Louisiana). A little sweetness as well as baking spices bring something familiar to the final third. Rose notes as the curtain falls.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Cleaning your tennis shoes.
Pairing Suggestion: Rum.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
TOOTHPICK 2.0 REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: Don't bother reading this, just go buy some.
Spice, earth, cocoa, a BBQ meatiness, caramel, bread, cinnamon, walnut, and vanilla make up the flavor profile in a dance of delicious flavor combinations.
A perfect draw and a slow burn made this cigar last a long time, which was certainly welcome. The burn got wavy on several occasions, but corrected itself.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like a long, relaxing day of smoking meat this cigar has something for you.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
TOOTHPICK 2.0 REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: Aesthetically, this cigar was rough, mottled and a little rustic. While it was mostly dark brown it had mottled black marks all over it. The flavors from the cold draw reminded me of cigars I’ve smoked with Pennsylvania broadleaf wrappers. The flavors included rich tobacco and bitter molasses with charred wood.
Early on, slightly burnt raisin toast, black coffee, wood notes, tea leaves and just a little bit of black pepper spice built a nicely complex profile. In the retrohale smoke, black pepper spice, Worchestershire sauce and a hint at something sweet rolled together. I equated the sweetness to black licorice. Eventually some nutty and chocolatey notes came into play, reminding me of Nutella spread on burnt toast.
Midway through the cigar the flavors settled down a little bit. I primarily tasted burnt toast, natural tobacco, cocoa powder along with faint notes of sweet raisin and a bold flavor of leather. The pepper spice virtually disappeared from both the palate and retro hale flavors.
Towards the end of the cigar, strong coffee, charred wood, natural tobacco, and leather made up the main flavors... but there was a long finish of black tea flanked by licorice. Retro haling the smoke brought strong natural tobacco notes followed by an appearance of black pepper spice and mild sweetness to finish.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Unrefined conversation about the latest UFC fight.
Pairing Suggestion: Kentucky bourbon... neat
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box purchase.
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