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Fuerte Y Libre Sun Country Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: HolySmokes (HolySmokes)

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member 05Venturer (Kent). The cigar provided for this round is the">Fuerte Y Libre Sun Country Toro.

Hand made in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera El Hoyito, these cigars incorporate well-aged Dominican Piloto Cubano in the Ligero (double), Filler and Binder with aged Mexican San Andrés wrapper leaf blended into the filler for a little something special. This full body core is then wrapped in a creamy Ecuadorean Shade wrapper to create a balance of flavors that has to be experienced as no words can truly capture what we have done here. Named after a bad ass bull, the Sun Country will definitely brighten your day.

Fuerte Y Libre Sun Country Toro

Fuerte Y Libre
Sun Country Toro
Ring Gauge:
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Connecticut Shade
Colorado Claro
Medium Body/Full Strength – At first glance this cigar should not be a part of a brand called Strong and Free. The creamy Shade wrapper screams mild cigar but it is hiding a big secret. The core of this cigar was designed to surprise you with its double Dominican Ligero and aged Dominican Filler and Binder we have amped it up just a bit by blending some Mexican San Andrés Wrapper leaf into the filler. This creates a full bodied and full strength core that is wrapped in that mild creaminess. We know you will enjoy this one as many have exclaimed that it is our best blend yet.
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

The cigar has a light sheen and even hue throughout. There are noticeable veins with one being more prominent. The seams are nearly invisible. There is a very light toothiness of observed closely. The density is semi-firm throughout. The aroma was lightly sweetened but mostly earth. I used a straight cut to produce a moderate leaning open draw.

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar toasts and lights very well. The burn line was even to start. The smoke output was below average to start requiring good double puff draws to get good output. First ash at about 1.25". Ash was a very light gray. It was solid and non-flaky. Ashing left behind a perfect centered cone. After the initial ashing, the burn line is only slightly wavy with no irregularities. Throughout the experience, smoke output increases to normal volume with double puffs. Subsequent ashings have been solid and shows a consistent burn without tunneling.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The cap was very well applied with an easy to identify seam which helped cutting evenly without wrapper damage. I didn't notice any void spots or excess glue or rips throughout. The band was removed without any damage to the wrapper.

Flavor and Aroma: 40 Points of 45 Possible

After initial lighting, the smoke aroma was pleasant, with the smell of a sweeter coffee. The initial flavor offer was mild at best being mostly earth with a short finish. The cigar does have some strength out the gate as noticed in the gut and with the retrohale being a solid medium. The cigar does leave the palate a bit dry. At the 2/3 mark, the flavors begin to open up more with a touch of nuttiness. The finish is still light but I am detecting more coffee/roast notes as the cigar warms up. Retrohale has bumped up to medium pushing full in bite. I am not noticing a distinct flavor being added by performing the retrohale, just the spice burn.


This was a very enjoyable smoke. It was straight to the point without any major twists and turns. It burned evenly and smoothly without a struggle to maintain a light. The cigar had no construction flaws. This would be a great everyday smoke between a lighter breakfast cigar and heavier after a full meal. Final smoke time 1:29min. Big thanks to Kent for the opportunity to enjoy and review this fine cigar!

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