Origin: EstelÃ, Nicaragua
Size Name: Toro
Ring Gauge: 50
Strength: Medium – Full
Not all that long ago you may remember hearing Me, Jerry, and Brian on The Dog Watch Social Club reviewing the Perdomo Lot 23. For that show Bob was generous enough to pick up cigars for all of us to smoke on the show. Included with the Perdomo was an American Stogies Toro for me to try.
A week or so ago I received an email request from a student asking me to review some bargain level cigars. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do a mini series on budget level cigars due to the holidays being right around the corner.
At first glance this is a very rugged and unpleasant looking stick. The wrapper is littered with heavy veins and the color pattern varied from light to dark brown. When pinched the cigar felt very firm with a light spring to it.
I pulled out my Palio cutter and began to clip the end. I started to worry after hearing a loud crunch. After inspecting the cut I found it to be clear of any cracks or splits. After a quick toast and light, the cigar was producing a good amount of smoke.
The initial puffs produced a dry and harsh flavor. I think this was one hundred percent user error, as I was not paying enough attention to the cigar while toasting. After a few puffs the harshness went away and I was left with a classic Maduro base. The body was medium and the finish was a little on the dry side for my liking.
As I smoked into the stick I began to pick up a faint tea like flavor that was a nice added flavor. The ash was loose and crumbly while the body, flavor base, and finish stayed very consistent.
After a short period of time I worked my way to the two thirds mark. The tea like flavor faded and a peppery taste began to pick up. At this point some of the dryness in the finish started to fade. The base flavor was still that of a classic Maduro and the body was still in the medium range.
The final third of the cigar continued to produce a very consistent smoke. After leaving the room for something to drink, upon re-entering the room I was pleased with the mild and attractive room aroma. The ash was off and on as far as an even burn is concerned, but nothing drastic enough to be worried about.
Overall the cigar was a decent smoke but just did not do anything for me. I put it out prematurely (for me anyway). I would smoke another if it was given to me, but I would not set out to purchase one.
For some reason I kept thinking back to the Arturo Fuente Curly Head Deluxe Maduro that I smoked many months ago. It has been a long time since I had one, but from memory this cigar reminded me of the Curly Head Deluxe.
If you have the chance to smoke an American Stogies Toro, I would say to give it a shot. It may be a better fit for you.