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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Los Hermanos Toro Maduro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Karl F. (CrazyK)
78
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: 20 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar has been in my humidor for nearly two months. There is a nice oily sheen to the maduro wrapper. The wrapper is near perfectly smooth, without veins whatsoever. The triple cap is also very nicely applied and cut cleanly with my guillotine cutter. The cigar is firm to the touch, with no soft spots nor any hard spots. The cold draw was dominated by pepper and cedar. The cigar has a distinctly sweet smell to it with a nicely spicy profile. The cold draw is nearly perfect.

Light & Burn: 10 Points of 15 Possible

I lit this cigar with my single flame Colibri and it lit easily after a light toasting of the foot. The smoke is very thick, and there is lots of it! As it burned, the ash left behind was light grey in colour and very firm. It fell off well into the second third of the cigar, at nearly 2.5". The burn began fine but started to run down one side after a couple of minutes, however, it corrected itself by the beginning of the last third. I smoked it at what I thought was as acceptable pace, the smoke never getting the slightest bit warm, though the cigar only lasted just over one hour. I found that shorter than I would expect for its size.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

From first glance it is easy to see that this cigar is built well. The wrapper was applied perfectly smooth and its colour almost entirely a uniform maduro brown, almost like dark chocolate. The cigar itself was very well rolled, as there was no variation in the firmness throughout the length of the cigar. The triple cap was neatly applied with no trace of any blemishes. Overall, the appearance was top notch. Even with the slightest of cuts, the draw was perfect and the smoke never warmed unpleasantly. Despite some minor burn issues at first, it righted its own ship without the need for touch-ups or re-lights.

Flavor: 18 Points of 45 Possible

From the moment I put this cigar to my lips, I could tell I was in for a challenge! It was very full bodied with lots of pepper and wood. There was a point in the progression that the pepper subsided and the more subtle complexity of the blend emerged, but that unfortunately did not last as long as I would have hoped. It was quite sharp on the tongue for the most part and there was a noticeable bitterness for most of its duration. I would like to believe that it was due to incomplete fermentation of the filler and that given more resting time it would shine. There is certainly the basis for an excellent cigar here to be found and I feel a few more months age would reveal it.
Tasting notes:
1/3: Overwhelming pepper, some sweetness, baking spices, and lots of wood. Pepper and cedar overload on the retrohale, also slightly astringent. Significant bitterness building - perhaps needs more age? Burn beginning to run down one side.
2/3: Bitterness and pepper have subsided, getting a glimpse of cinnamon and cloves with nice creamy cedar. This is definitely getting more mellow and complex! Also, the burn is beginning to right itself.
3/3: Earthy flavours are beginning to come through, some leather and grassiness. Nice progression with some notes of coffee before the pepper returned. The finish was pepper and wood, as it began. The smoke is thick and heavy at this point.

Summary

I really wanted to like this cigar. It was very attractive looking with its uniform, dark chocolate wrapper and nearly perfect draw. The points on construction are perfect, as I could not find anything wrong with how this cigar was put together. The burn did begin to creep down one side, but that was not necessarily construction and more likely just from the relative freshness of the cigar. Unfortunately I am getting soft in my old age, and where I would search out the pepper bombs in the past, I find my palate has mellowed slightly and I need some complexity and depth. There was a glimmer of hope around the mid-point of this one, but then the pepper came back. And it not only came back, it dominated. This was by no means a bad cigar, but I think it needs more time to age before a second attempt at smoking one. Perhaps 6 to 8 months will do wonders for it, or perhaps I just got one that the blender added ligero disproportionately. In any case, it was a marvel of technique, but missed the mark on flavours.



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