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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Los Hermanos Toro Maduro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Pat (Newbhunter)
87
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Los Hermanos Toro Maduro.  Some of the hype surrounding the cigar: "Los Hermanos, which translates to “The Brothers,” is a limited quantity cigar produced by the people of Casa Fernandez & Tropical Tobacco, who are known for growing some of the best tobaccos in the world at their Aganorsa farms. The Los Hermanos Maduro is a line extension of the boutique Los Hermanos brand, which sees the addition of a dark and oily San Andrés Maduro wrapper. These cigars are blended using Aganorsa grown Nicaraguan tobacco from legendary Cuban master Arsenio Ramos. The Los Hermanos Maduro is as full-bodied as the original Los Hermanos, but with the addition of earthy richness from the San Andres Maduro wrapper. All Los Hermanos cigars are made in small batch quantities to ensure quality year to year, so supplies are limited."  This cigar has been generously sponsored by our member Eric (smurf).  Thanks very much for your generosity Eric!

Length:
6.5
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
United States
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Mexico
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar presents itself with a toothy semi-rustic looking kind of wrapper, and nice and dark and oily too. It's a well built cigar and the triple cap clipped off nicely and cleanly with my Xikar. The aromas I perceived pre-light were cocoa and leather.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The light was fairly simple. I dried the foot as usual with my triple jet then got down to giving it some more flame. It lit well and continued to burn proper throughout the entire smoke. I did have to correct the burn once but this is probably due more to the wind than bad construction. Ash was solid and dark and held on for over one and a half inches before I chickened out and tilted it into the tray to avoid soiling myself.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

At the start the draw was a little tight for my liking but I persisted through the first inch after which it opened up to an easier pull. The volume of smoke it produced was epic and creamy thick, even though tight at the beginning.

Flavor: 28 Points of 45 Possible

The initial flavors I got after lighting were the same as the pre-light but more towards the leather side of things. Once I passed the first inch the cocoa came into effect as well as a little spiciness I might qualify as pepper. Into the 2nd third the leather took a back seat while I got mostly creamy thick flavors of dark cocoa on the intake and pepper-spice on blowing the smoke out in the retrohale. It did start giving a bitter-sweetness once I reached the last third, but the flavors were still consistent and the leather came back for its finale. In all I would qualify this a medium to strong cigar on flavor and medium on strength.

Summary

After this 1-hour 20-minute smoke, I'd say this was a nice cigar overall and something I may consider buying by the box. For the price-point its a fine smoke and I would recommend it to any fan of maduros. This would also be a great stick to experiment different ages with over a couple boxes. Not that it was harsh by any means but I can only imagine how much this would smooth out after a couple years rest.



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