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Fuerte Y Libre Sun Country Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brlesq

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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 http://www.cigargeeks.com/cigardb/default.asp?action=showcig&cigar_id=193898">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

Brand:
Fuerte Y Libre
Name:
Sun Country Toro
Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
54
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Mexico
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Connecticut Shade
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Claro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Toro
Notes:
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. https://fylcigars.com/about/
This cigar was enjoyed with Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

This was a rustic looking cigar with a rather veiny Connecticut wrapper (but small veins) and a nice triple cap. The cattle themed band's colors complimented the light wrapper color.  The cigar appeared to be well constructed and no softs spots were detected.  

Lighting and Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

This cigar burned cool and never too hot, producing lots of bluish smoke. Its black and white layered ash held up for over 2" until the first drop, and the burn line was mostly straight. It never required a touch-up or re-fire.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The overall construction of this cigar was terrific.  The tobacco was solidly packed, but not heavy to hold. No soft spots occurred.  The draw was perfect, and it never required a touchup. Triple cap was nice and cut cleanly

Flavor and Aroma: 32 Points of 45 Possible

This first few puffs indicated that this wasn't going to be your typical CT cigar. The profile was a bit spicy and sweet, with hints of raw almonds, graham cracker, green tea and something acidic. The first third seemed to be a little unbalanced, but it smoothed out by the second third as it became creamier. Some earthiness developed along the way, but overall the profile remained mostly the same for the entire cigar. Retrohales didn't produce much in the way of different flavors. There was a bit of a funky aftertaste left on my tongue, and it would have scored higher without that.

Summary

This was an interesting cigar with a profile that I have not come across before.  It was just a smidge under medium in strength, and probably better suited as a morning or midday stick rather than one paired later in the day with a glass of whiskey. But it is always fun to try something new, and I appreciate the opportunity!


   
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