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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

GTO Cigars Mandinga! | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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WRAPPER: Dominican Maduro
BINDER: Dominican (Cuban seed)
FILLER: Dominican (Triple Ligero)

FORMAT: "Gran Toro" Gordo (660)
ORIGIN: Tabacalera GTO Dominicana
STRENGTH: Medium-Full



York Peppermint Pattie nose along the unlit wrapper, bigly-so. ""Peppermint Pattie" redirects here. For the Peanuts character, see Peppermint Patty." - Wikipedia. On the draw, that note becomes a refreshing herbaceousness enveloped in a rich compost manure underbelly. Overtones are a mocha latte | earthen tandem pulled up & around from beneath. Enveloping, yup.

Undertones/middlings are prune/raisin, a bit of yeastiness. Mesquite-braced. All darkly toasted and impactful albeit smoothly-so. Good nuances via depth of notes, but lacking some in complexities and particularly transitions. Rather a linear delivery -- pleasant nonetheless. Pepper-spice is black & smoked paprika, flitting about in the space twixt uppers & unders.

Burns a tick off-center to the tune of only a single re-touch. Draw is open to a bit loosey-goosey degree in spots. Smoke out-put is moderate-plus and grows a sweetly spiced room-note. Ash doesn't quite make a steady inch at a time.

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59