Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Dave (Deener27)

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member nirab (Brian). The cigar provided for this round is the Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Toro.

Based in Virginia, Stolen Throne was established in 2019, the company's debut inaugurated by the Crook of the Crown cigar. Blended in collaboration with Texas-based cigar manufacturer and blender Noel Rojas, the Crook of the Crown is Stolen Throne's first release and flagship cigar, featuring a 10-year-aged Mexican San Andrés Maduro wrapper, an Indonesian binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. It offers a full-bodied smoking experience.

Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Toro

Stolen Throne
Crook of the Crown Toro
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Pre-Light: 8 Points of 10 Possible

Pre-light, the cigar exhibited all the characteristics of a well-constructed cigar, but there were a good number of veins in the wrapper.  The wrapper was very smooth; it possessed and almost a velvety look to it with several veins that ran almost the length of the whole stick, but it wasn't anything that detracted from its overall appearance.  The cap was not as well constructed and did unravel a bit when cut which was a concern that, thankfully, did come undone during the smoke.  The pinch test revealed that the cigar was solid, with just a little give to it.  The cigar had aromas of earth and cedar with a large amount of espresso and a bit of raisin-like sweetness.

Lighting and Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Lighting the cigar was very easy, especially with the semi-closed foot.  There were no burn imperfections at all during the critique, maintaining a super sharp edge.  The smoke volume was a bit less than average, but the volume didn't influence the flavors that came through.  The ash held up for almost 2 inches and was a very light gray while the cigar had a nice, slow burn.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The pre-light draw was a bit thin but was even.  Consistency being key and performing just like the pre-light draw, the draw during the burn was nice, and provided a perfect amount of enjoyable smoke that delivered great flavors.  The wrapper was well constructed but with several veins that did protrude out of the side of the cigar.  Also, the wrapper was extremely consistent.

Flavor and Aroma: 44 Points of 45 Possible

The strength of the cigar was overall medium but extremely flavorful and complex.  The flavors that came forward at first were the coffee and earthiness.  Also, there was a little bit of horseradish flavor (without the massive, painful headrush you get with super strong root) that came into play toward the close of the first third, which was very interesting for sure.  Coffee and another sweetness (like fresh dates) came through and were very prevalent throughout the 2nd third.  The most interesting note was the horseradish.  The cigar was just super consistent to my taste throughout the whole 2nd third and was very pleasant.  The final third, again, really didn't offer any noteworthy changes except to say that some mild cocoa and earthiness came forward.  This is cigar was super consistent and had many enjoyable qualities throughout


A big thank you to Brian (nirab) for selecting me for this review and for the fine folks over at Stolen Throne for producing and providing this great cigar.  This was a wonderful smoke that I had never had the chance to try until this critique.  For my money, it is going to be worth it to get a box.  A fine cigar for all times, it would be another cigar that I would grab for some morning kick, as it would also go very well with a nice French Roast coffee with cream and sugar.  The cigar was very well constructed and well blended (balanced) and offered a nice, consistent flavor profile throughout.  The only concern was the triple cap, which had a bit of a problematic cut.  Overall, this cigar rates as a solid A stick.

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