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|box within a box|
|Fine & Rare Toro|
Once I light up the cigar I am immediately greeted with notes of leather, and I wait some time before getting into the assessment. The cigar shows tons of flavors in the first third, and it is hard to pick up all of them. I am getting leather notes, dark cherries, oak, rich earth, coffee and spice, and they are all present at once. There is no certain finish to the cigar, but instead you are getting tons of flavors at once. In terms of construction the burn line is a little wavy, but nothing to major, and it is leaving a solid charcoal gray ash coloring on the foot. I would say the cigar is around a medium-full in terms of strength and very flavorful.
In the second third of the cigar I begin to see the improvement in the burn line, and it is now razor sharp. The ash is still holding on to the cigar from the beginning, and it is now showing darker colors in it. The flavor profile is very similar to that of the first third, but given all the flavors I had in the first third there really wasn't much room for improvement. It is a very complex and flavorful cigar, and so far very consistent in flavor. The strength is still staying at a solid medium-full, and it is a great afternoon and evening cigar. Besides picking up the same flavors from the first third, I have seen an emergence of plum and cedar notes in this third. There was a time when I was getting this wine flavor to it, and it was very enjoyable.
When I get to the final third of the cigar, it is still magnificent. I was not sure if I was going to have the opportunity to smoke this cigar, but thanks to grand friends, I have. In terms of flavor this cigar is everywhere. The balance of flavors is incredible, and they all fit with one another perfectly. There is an emergence of cocoa notes in this third, and the sweetness from that and the stone fruit and rich earth notes play off the spice, leather, coffee and wood notes well. The cigar burns perfectly all the way down to the nub, and I am left with a very strong and dark ash when there is nothing left of the cigar. The cigar finishes close to full in body, and even while I smoke what is left of the nub it is smoking cool and wonderfully. When I put it down the flavors from the cigar stay with me for some time, and what an enjoyment this cigar was.
|Wrapper from the Trojes region of Honduras|
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