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Cuba Aliados (Core Line) Toro Extra
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Nathan Fleck (Hound10)

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Welcome to another Cigar Geeks Critique of a cigar sponsored through the generosity of our own member Peter Kozo (AKA junglepete).  Up for review this time is the Cuba Aliados Toro Deluxe Maduro.



Cuba Aliados (Core Line) Toro Extra

Brand:
Cuba Aliados
Name:
(Core Line) Toro Extra
Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
53
Country of Origin:
Honduras
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Ecuador
Sumatra
Wrapper:
Corojo
Nicaragua
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Toro
Average Member Rating:
3.25 star rating based on 4 Review(s) (4 Review(s))
Pre-Light: 15 Points of 10 Possible

Very solid construction - clean cap, just the right amount of oily feel. Aroma was nice, not very strong but if you got up close it had a nutty/chocolatey scent. I punched this one because I was smoking it at -25C. I find the punch helps the cigar burn better and keeps me from being on it to much, causing it to burn hot. Band is quite plain, actually would say the cigar is better looking without the band!

Lighting and Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Lit it with matches. Caught well and lit cleanly. This stick burned even the whole way through and required no touch ups. I found the ash was prone to falling off quicker than normal and was a bit flaky but never caused any problems. Lasted for about 50 minutes. Appropriate amounts of smoke (although at -25C it is tough to tell what is breath and what is smoke - ha!). Smoke volume is rated simply because I never found it overwhelming nor did I feel like I was working too hard to get any.

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

Very solid construction on this Toro. Clean foot, no soft spots or cracks. Wrapper was a little toothy but nothing out of the ordinary. Cap was clean and blended well into the cigar - also part of the reason why I knew I could get away with a punch on this. Draw was a little tight (to my liking, plus again, punched).

Flavor and Aroma: 26 Points of 45 Possible

Light - Lit very well and I found the beginning of the cigar very interesting as it ran a bit of a gammit of flavors until it settled down.

1st Third - I don't know why, but right of the hop I got hit with citrus tones for the first 3 draws, then those went away. It started to settle into some VERY mild nutty tones, but not as strong as I expected from the maduro wrapper.

2nd Third- right at this point, it's like a switch got flicked on over 2 draws and they were STRONG. Kind of like it was sleeping and now the alarm went off. After those two draws, it really found its zone with some decent nutty and coffee flavors. Those tones stayed constant throughout this stretch.

Final Third - I'm not a nub (not the brand...) smoker, as I find cigars get quite bitter at the end. This was no exception. The tones described in the 2nd Third stayed constant for a bit through this third, then it started to go on me towards the sharper end.

Summary

Overall - this cigar was slightly above average. I did feel the high point of the cigar was it's construction as the flavors weren't very complex, however, constant. Due to the fact that it didn't leave the strongest taste on my lips throughout or after, AND that it was a milder maduro, I would recommend this as a "starter" smoke if you were planning to have several smokes in a day or evening. I enjoyed this cigar experience and would have it again, just wouldn't pull out for a "special occasion" - great for a round of golf (solid construction key there)or a Saturday while mulling around the yard.


   
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