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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Dreams of Cuba Premium Toro Gordo
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
84
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 coffee

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Nice smooth wrapper with a slight oily sheen. Cannon is solid from cap to foot. Looking at the foot the cigar appears well packed and it does have a bit of heft to it. The cap has a split, probably from handling and shipping but aside from that, a generally good looking cigar.

Light & Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible

It fires up easy enough and is producing large amount's of smoke right away. The burn gets a little wavy as I approach the burn down of the first inch but nothing to the point of needing correction.
     The ash held to an inch and a half easily and probably would have held longer but I knocked it a little into the second third. It is light grey with some black fleck's and pretty solid. Smoke production is still very good, I am really liking the large volumes of flavorful smoke this cigar is producing. burn got off enough to require a correction approaching the halfway mark but that has been the only glitch so far.
     the wrapper split about an inch and a half from the cap as I got into the final third and the flag at the head started to unravel a bit providing a little irritation as I finished this one.
     The burn was a bit fast, clocking in at just over an hour for this cigar seem's quick considering it's overall size. I was figuring at least an hour and a half, but even at my slow smoking pace I only got an hour out of it.

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

Nice looking specimen for a wrapper. Very few veins, slight oily sheen and very smooth. The cap is slit prior to cutting, I assume it was handled a little rough at some point, but it is only the cap and doesn't extend into the flag so good to go. I cut the cap and find a very open draw, not surprising from a cigar this size. The filler seem's to be evenly bunched and overall it seem's well constructed.

Flavor: 29 Points of 35 Possible

In this first third I get a nice almond and vanilla mix accompanied by a dried plum and a nice dose of spice in the retro along with some wood undertones. It started in the medium strength range and the smoke is a medium body.
     Getting more of a chocolate going into the second third along with cedar and cream. Still a nice spiciness in the retro and strength is still holding a solid medium.
     The chocolate has morphed into a mocha, still getting the wood and spice and vanilla are apparent in the retro.

Summary

Not a bad smoke. Decent flavors and a good balance to it.A bit disappointed in the wrapper split and the flag unraveling towards the end but aside from those minor problems it was a overall enjoyable smoke. I was a little surprised at how fast it smoked but it didn't seem to burn hot or effect the flavors in a bad way. I larger cigar then I normally smoke but I did smoke it to a nub so it couldn't have been to bad.



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