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Stallone Cigars Zaino Broadleaf Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kman

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member Cfickter (Chuck).  The cigar provided for this round is the http://www.cigargeeks.com/cigardb/default.asp?action=showcig&cigar_id=192427">Stallone Cigars Zaino Broadleaf Toro.  Tony Barrios, a cutting horse competitor, founded Stallone Cigars in 2014, though its cigars didn't enter the U.S. market until August 2020. While there are many companies that use horses for various parts of their branding, few cigar companies have leaned into the theme quite like Stallone. It has six different blends sold under the Cowboy Series name, each of which features Stallone's horse-themed logo and the name of each cigar can be identified by the color of the cigar wrapper resembling the horse's color in Spanish. Zaino refers to the dark-colored brown Broadleaf wrapper found on the cigar.



Stallone Cigars Zaino Broadleaf Toro

Brand:
Stallone Cigars
Name:
Zaino Broadleaf Toro
Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
52
Country of Origin:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
United States
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Toro
Average Member Purchase Price:
$6.50
Average Member Rating:
4.5 star rating based on 1 Review(s) (1 Review(s))
Notes:
https://stallonecigars.com/cowboyseries/ https://www.smallbatchcigar.com/stallone-zaino-toro
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

The cigar has a Hershey's chocolate color with a silver foot band, cedar sleeve and double band. It has a very light, oily sheen to the wrapper that has some veins and noticeable but even seams. I got a perfect cut with my Xikar Multi-tool. The pre-light draw had an earthy coffee flavor to it.

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

I'm not sure why, but it took a considerable time to toast the end of the cigar to prepare for lighting. Once lit, however, there were no real issues. The cigar produced copious amounts of smoke on the draw and emitted moderate amounts from both ends at rest. The burn line was slightly wavy but never required correction. The ash was a white/gray color that seemed kind of loose, although it did hold for almost the first third of the cigar.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The draw on the cigar was absolutely perfect. It held just the right amount of resistance for an enjoyable smoke. The cap began to fray slightly during the smoke but there were no issues with wrapper.

Flavor and Aroma: 38 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar starts with an earthy tone and flavors of chocolate and coffee with a hint of pepper. The retrohale adds a lot more pepper and spice to the experience. It stay fairly consistent through the first third.

In the second third, there is an addition of a hint of cherry to the coffee and chocolate. The pepper is a bit stronger on the draw with the same strength in the retrohale.

During the last third, the cherry flavor has gone and the pepper has increased slightly, although not to the point where it overtakes the cigar. The coffee and chocolate remain fairly steady.

Summary

This is a really great cigar with interesting flavors and an overall great construction. My only real criticism is that it never really seemed to evolve. Virtually every flavor and aroma was the same throughout in mildly varying degrees. Still, it was a very enjoyable cigar and certainly one I would not hesitate to smoke again. I would definitely consider adding a box of them to the collection for occasional enjoyment.


   
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