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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Dreams of Cuba Premium Toro Gordo
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Adwinistrator
74
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 Water

Pre-Light: 16 Points of 20 Possible

Very smooth and shiny Colorado Claro wrapper.  Had some small patches from the factory using a different darker wrapper.  Fill was somewhat lumpy and soft.

Pre-light notes were a sweet cedar and tobacco.

Light & Burn: 9 Points of 15 Possible

Lit without issue, not too much smoke coming off the cigar, but a full draw did not take too much work.  After the first 1/3, the burn began to get wavy on me, and required touch ups at the 1/3, 1/2, and 2/3 marks.

Construction: 24 Points of 30 Possible

Perfect double cap, guillotine cut without issue, with a decent but somewhat open draw.  By the time I reached the 1/2 point, the draw had opened up too much, even with a narrow cut, and the draw was somewhat airy.

Flavor: 25 Points of 35 Possible

1st Third - Predominantly a sweet, creamy, and light tobacco flavor, with notes of hay and nutmeg.  No difference on the retrohale.  Light body and strength.

2nd Third - Light tobacco, less sweet, with slight cinnamon and floral notes.  Slight white pepper on the retrohale.  Longer finish beginning to develop.  Still light body and strength.

Final Third - Less flavor, a bit too airy on the draw, but still with a long finish.  Body and strength is up to light-medium.

Summary

Somewhat typical for a light body Connecticut cigar.  Started with the promise of a sweet cedar and light tobacco flavor, but some less than ideal construction led to the burn becoming an issue, negatively affecting the flavors of this mild cigar.  With a bit more fill, this might have been a much more pleasant smoke.



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