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7-24-04 Gran Toro

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Gran Toro Cigar

Reviewed by:  Matthew Sackmann & Larry Watkins

Cigar: 7-24-04 Gran Toro
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Mexico, Columbia, Costa Rica
Size: 6-1/2” X 56

Construction/Appearance (10 points):

Matt » As soon as I removed the cedar sleeve from the Gran Toro the gorgeous Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper drew the attention of my eyes. It has a rich brown leather color to it with a touch of red in the background. It is a solidly constructed, firm to the touch with a slightly rough, but well constructed pigtail cap. – Points: 8.5 of 10 

Larry »  This is a dark, oily looking cigar that is well constructed and very pleasing to the eye. – Points: 10 of 10

Draw, Ash Quality, Burn Quality (20 points):

Matt » Draw: The draw was exactly how I like it, not quite effortless, but nice and easy so I don’t have to think about it. / Ash Quality:  The stack was a bit flaky. It fell off about a third of the way through. This said, it was not obnoxious and did not take away from the enjoyment of the cigar. / Burn Quality:  The burn was consistent the entire time with no flaws or runs. – Points: 19 of 20 

Larry » Draw: The draw was exceptional right from the start. The large ring gage ensured a large quantity of smoke.  / Ash Quality: The ash was light grey that hung on well. / Burn Quality: The burn was good, slow and even. All around for this category, the cigar performed well. – Points: 20 of 20

Smoking Characteristics (30 points):

Matt » Start:  The first few puffs eased into the rich flavors that followed. The silky smooth smoke encompass a rich and balanced mix of leather, wood, some sweetness (a mix of chocolate & caramel), and a hint of spice that latches on to the back of that pallet. This is a medium to full bodied cigar, edging its way towards full. Middle:  Moving towards the middle portion of the cigar, the chocolaty flavor equaled that of the leather and the spice mellowed. The slight sweetness was a nice touch that seemed to pull all flavors together and enhanced them. The smoke remained smooth and silky.  Finish: The woodsy flavors took over and the smoke dried slightly. There was a slight bitterness towards the very end, but nothing to distract from the pleasure of the cigar. The finish was clean, not leaving any lingering tastes in my mouth.  – Points: 28 of 30 

Larry » This cigar has a nice medium to full bodied flavor. There was a little leather on the pallet in the first third of the smoke, and it became fuller bodied as I smoked it. I enjoyed the aroma that permeated the room as I smoked this dark oily cigar.  – Points: 27 of 30

Overall Impression (40 points):

Matt » It’s been a while since I have enjoyed a medium to full bodied cigar that started so pleasantly, easing me into its flavors versus hitting me full bore right up front. What struck me was how silky smooth the smoke was and how that really made the smoke’s flavor so savory. It also had a pleasant aroma, which drew compliments from co-workers in the office. Overall this is a great cigar where all the blending elements have their place and function to bring the cigar together.  – Points: 38 of 40

Larry » I liked this cigar and its burn quality, which required only a couple of minor touch ups. The draw was exceptional throughout. It’s a full bodied taste and flavor that seemed to build. All in all I would recommend this cigar. – Points: 36 of 40


Larry’s Total Score: 93.5 out of 100
Matt’s Total Score: 93 out of 100

Average Score: 93.25 out of 100

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