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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Dreams of Cuba Premium Toro Gordo
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kid Montana
90
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

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 20 Possible

Faintest veins, this cigar has a beautiful matte Connecticut or claro wrapper, with a slightly spongy feeling.  Using a Xicar cutter, the clip was mushy, and the cigar does not feel firm or stiff; fairly light feeling for its size.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Lit quickly.  Moderate smoke, 1/3 wavy burn, good draw and smoke production.  Burns quickly, and the grey/dark grey ash fell at 1" or so. One small tunnel on the outer side of filler evident after first ash, didn't seriously affect draw or burn. middle third the burn evened out and was straight thereafter.  Burned it down to just under 2".

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

Wide open draw, adequately applied single cap, beautiful wrapper, light feeling in the hand (why is this section 30 points?) press line evident down both sides.  During the burn, the cigar felt progressively mushy/soft as the heat worked into the leaf.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

Mild initial puffs with immediate notes of hay and grass but limited initial complexity.  After 1/2 inch profile notes strengthened, flavors became more prominent.  Hint of sweetness, buttery flavors and a bit of spices improve the profile as the cigar heats up.  Into the first third, I enjoy the mild to medium flavor strength on the back of the mouth, pleasant and inoffensive.  Complexity picked up in the middle third, with the grassiness completely gone, replaced by a slightly more complex buttery profile.   To draw an imperfect analogy, if a strong nicaraguan puro is a philly cheese steak sandwich, this is more like a buttered croissant.

Summary

This is a generally enjoyable cigar.  Construction is a bit soft and the 1 hour burn time reflects its tendency to burn quickly due to lose construction, so you need to go slowly.  It produces enough smoke and stays lit quite well, despite being left alone for 5 minutes, so no need to go fast.  The profile is mild/medium with enjoyable and interesting flavors after it gets going.  This is a solid morning/afternoon choice for fans of larger, milder cigars.



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