8/22/19

Toscano Cigars Stilnovo | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Manifatture Sigaro Toscano Cigars
Stilnovo (long format)

WRAPPER: American fire-cured Kentucky
BINDER: Italian (Val di Chiana) fire-cured Kentucky
FILLER: Italian (Val di Chiana) fire-cured Kentucky

FORMAT: 6.5x40
ORIGIN: Lucca Italy
STRENGTH: Full

WEBSITE: miamicigar.com

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NOTES:
[This offering was smoked whole, not 'ammezzato' (half).]

Gruff but smooth; stubble over a greasy face. So eye-talian! Overtones of shoe leather roasting over an open fire. Black pepper over a hint of its own cocoa undertone. Licorice. Full undertones: a red-purple ripe fruitiness which is difficult to pull out completely. Also, the rather generic campfire hardwood from up-top becomes a more nuanced & rich hickory/mesquite down below. 

The finish is a robust but not off-putting black pepper w/ surprising dose of red wine on a set of legs Sophia Loren would be proud of. The ending is a charcoal laced affair. As far as KFC dark fullness is concerned, this one has the most pleasant texture I can recall. Complexities, too.

Burns on a fugly but straight un-molded line which requires a complete re-light at the 1/2. Ash dumps freely -- WATCH IT!!! Draw wiggles around in the tight but not terribly-so spectrum. Smoke out-put is muted as is (surprisingly) the room-note. There is a certain fresh herbaceousness to it. Would pair well with the moon hitting you in the eye like a big pizza pie. That's amore. I dig it.

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

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