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

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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

This was a very nice looking stick! Beautiful Colorado Claro wrapper, tight visible seams with no veins. It has a double cap with an eye catching band. The pre-light aroma was a nice tobacco with hints of barnyard. The pre-light draw was sweet with a hint of nuts.

Lighting and Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

The double cap made for an easy cut. The stick toasted up nicely and burned fairly evenly with no touch ups or maintenance required. The initial ash held on over two inches and looked to be very tight. This trend held for the remainder of the smoke. I have no major complaints as the burn was good, cool and the flavor was great.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

The stick is very firm with zero defects. The draw was a little loose but almost perfect for me. It had very little resistance leading to great smoke output. It maintained its firm and tight construction to the nub.

Flavor and Aroma: 40 Points of 45 Possible

In the first few puffs I got graham cracker and a nutty flavor which transitioned to a leathery flavor with hints of pepper which lingered for a bit. The pepper and leather definitely stands out on the retrohale. After about the second inch the peppery spice remained and the strength started to kick in. At the midpoint it transitioned to a great leather and woodsy flavor that lingers on the palate. I also picked up a hint of raisin or a similar fruit. From the middle to the last third, love that leather and earth profile. The pepper remained throughout but it was not overpowering just reminded you it was there.


After receiving the cigar a little over three weeks ago, I left the stick resting in the cello at 65% RH until I pulled it out to smoke. It is a very interesting blend and I looked forward to trying it - it did not disappoint. It was a medium to full body building to a full strength in the second third. Total burn time was right at an hour. This is a very enjoyable smoke. It would be perfect with a cup of coffee as a morning smoke (after breakfast) or after dinner with a bourbon.

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