Cigar Review: Winter 2016

by Steve Rowbottom


Ave Maria Divinia Toro Tubo

Nicaragua     6.0” x 54     Medium-Full


Justifiably, it was tough clipping the cap of this flawless Habano Sun Grown-wrapped Toro. Ecuador-born, this leaf offers ample notes of black pepper and a luxurious sweetness that lingers long on the finish. Feisty long-fillers grown throughout Nicaragua reside within, adding deep hints of cocoa, coffee, earth, and nuts. From start to finish, a savory Cuban-esque twang teases the taste buds as thick smoke swirls about the palate. Bold and complex yet refined.


Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro

Dominican Republic     5.5” x 58     Medium


Rich and flavorful, that’s Escurio in a tasty, tasty nutshell. Outside, you’ll notice a lovely Ecuador Habano wrapper that’s dark and glistening with oils. Waiting beneath, an eventful marriage of Brazilian and Dominican long-fillers. Notes of cream complement spicy-sweet nuances, awakening the palate for subtleties of leather, sweet oak, and a dash of nutmeg. Instant satisfaction from first light and medium in body.


Gurkha Cellar Reserve Solara

Dominican Republic     7.0” x 52     Medium-Full


Silky to the touch, the Cellar Reserve combines extensively aged Dominican long-fillers with a Dominican Olor binder and a beautiful Criollo ’98 wrapper. As expected, each puff is elegant and smooth. Noble flavors gradually gain intensity during the burn, including sweet cedar, leather, and cocoa bean. A nutty influence joins the fray midway through, adding yet another tasty sensation towards the full-flavored finale. Sophisticated throughout.


La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black No. 64

Dominican Republic     6.25” x 64     Full


Solid from head to toe, this girthy vitola is heavy in the hand and oily to the touch. Cloaked by a dark ligero wrapper, Serie R Black is a Nicaraguan puro chock full of aged long-fillers from Jalapa and Esteli. Layered with complexity, expect competing notes of black pepper, earth, and coffee backed by underlying hints of cedar, cream, and sweet spices. Outlandish in size, but no doubt enjoyable.


Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne Epicure

Nicaragua      6.0” x 54     Mild-Medium


Where mild-bodied meets full-flavored. Nicaraguan long-fillers and Connecticut wrappers meet to produce an exceedingly creamy bouquet and aromatic clouds of white smoke. Rich tobacco, coffee, toasted wood, and a unique sweetness all dominate with each puff, just before the slightest touch of pepper lingers on the finish. Mellow, but Nicaraguan to the core and suitable for everyone.

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