WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro, USA
BINDER: Dominican San Vicente
FILLER: Nicaraguan, Dominican
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from Toro to Robusto vitola. The original Toro review can be read at: https://bit.ly/3g7HXUI This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.
Peppercorn | Dark chocolate | Cappuccino
It's not just black & red w/ a green peppercorn; it's also a mulling wine accompaniment. That's the full spicy kick. Bold, not brash. Dark chocolate adds neat sweet in a subdued yet brawny manner. A bone dry cappuccino rounds out the primaries. Balanced, delineated, & much like a muscle car idling.
Bracing/backing is a woodsy thing, toasted-roasted & of sweetly spiced cedar & scorched wine cask. That happens from the middlings on-upward. Beneath is a savory earthiness, triggering umami in both roasted vegetal as well as beefy ways. Leathery oils add to that and moisten the palate lip-smackingly-well.
Complex for how robust the profile is presented. Deeply nuanced, to boot. Ultimately tamed but just 'nuff not to maul the clown waving the chair in its face. Straight-forward with an almost severe purpose but never harsh nor boring. Laid out on a compost under-belly, tamped firmly-down. A blend on a mission, say.
Burn-line shows an occasional broadleaf pucker hiccup, self-correcting all but once. Draws smoothly, sating & satisfying. Moderate+ smoky-smoke w/ a strong anise lilt to peppery savoriness. A heady bouquet if ya will. Pleasingly pungent. Build holds firm gate-to-wire. Ah, nicotine kicks a bit... a lovely after-dinner swoon.
FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59
::: very :::