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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Dreams of Cuba Premium Toro Gordo
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: DRuff
75
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member bstessl (Brian).  This particular round was run as a blind review.  Each member received the exact same stick and none of them knew what it was.  The actual stick that was reviewed was the Dreams of Cuba Premium Toro Gordo.

Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
60
Country Manufactured:
United States
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Honduras
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Connecticut Shade
Color:
Claro
Strength:
Mild-Medium
Shape:
Toro Gordo

This cigar was enjoyed with North Coast Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Pre-Light: 16 Points of 20 Possible

Very nice smooth natural colored wrapper. The cigar had a nice earthy/woody aroma although not a very strong aroma, just nice and pleasant. Gave it a straight cut and the cap held up well without any mess.

Light & Burn: 10 Points of 15 Possible

This is a big ring gauge and the burn is nice and cool with a really nice volume of smoke. The ash is a white/gray color and is holding up well during the smoke. Needed a touch up at mid point, got a little uneven. Ended up needing another touch up at the end of the 2nd third.

Construction: 24 Points of 30 Possible

The cigar has a excellent draw, no problems with the burn and staying nice and even. Cap held up after the straight cut, not getting any tobacco pieces in the mouth. Wrapper is nice and smooth, not very veiny.

Flavor: 25 Points of 35 Possible

The first third of this cigar is showing a very balanced but mild to medium flavor profile. Picking up a slight metallic note along with woodiness. Not unpleasant but not really knocking my socks off either. Not much complexity. Strength is mild to medium as well, this seems that it would be a great Sunday morning smoke with a coffee.

Summary

Not a very interesting cigar, flavor never really developed throughout the smoke, and needed a few touch ups to even up the burn. Mild to medium in flavor and strength, with a one dimensional flavor profile. I think this would be a good smoke for the occasional smoker, but it was nowhere near my wheelhouse. I struggled to stay interested enough to finish it, and that has not happened for me in a long time. Also, it did not stand up to the stout I was drinking, probably not the best choice for a pairing.



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