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Tabak Negra Toro

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Reviewed by: Matt Sackmann & Larry Watkins

Cigar: Tabak Negra Toro
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Infused with: Nicaraguan Selva Negra coffee
Size: 6” X 52

Construction/Appearance (10 points):

Matt » This dark, almost espresso colored Toro is a handsome cigar.  The wrapper is smooth with barely a vein visible.  I am usually not a fan of a shaggy foot (where the tobacco sticks out the end of the cigar) because the tobacco typically is loosely spilling out the end, but this shaggy is well packed and solidly constructed.  For being a coffee infused cigar the pre-light smell is more of a blend of sweet chocolate, a hint of espresso and tobacco.   The only ding on the cigar is that the shaggy foot was split a bit. – Points 9 out of 10

Larry » It’s a well made cigar that shows some veins, and looks dark and oily.  The shaggy foot is not my favorite due to possibility of the ash falling off and burning my shirt. – Points: 9 of 10

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

Matt »  Draw: Great light to medium draw that produces a ton of smoke.  / Ash Quality:  For being a shaggy foot, I thought the ash would fall off soon after lighting, but it held on.  The ash is flaky with dark and bright spots. / Burn Quality:  It burned well for the most part.  It was a little off here and there, but always caught itself up.  I did have to ash once a little early because it felt like the cigar was going out even though I was consistently puffing on it.  It didn’t core or tunnel, but required a bit of maintenance to keep it lit, which was a little odd and took away from the enjoyment of the cigar. – Points:  16 of 20

Larry » Draw: Very good draw that brings a large volume or smoke.  / Ash Quality: The ash hung on well and was light gray in color. / Burn Quality:  Slow even burn, no runs, although hard to keep lit at times. – Points: 17 of 20

Smoking Characteristics (30 points):

Matt » Start:  At first light the cigar was quite mild and I could only taste the sweet chocolaty flavor that comes mostly from the wrapper.  With each puff came incredible volumes of smoke that coat your mouth.  That coating created a bit of a film in my mouth, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment, but rather left a lingering sweetness.  Some people don’t like that coating, but it didn’t bother me. / Middle: Toward the second third the tobacco flavors started building and added more character to the chocolaty sweetness from the wrapper.  The Nicaraguan tobaccos added some earthiness and hints of tobacco flavors.  I did come across a problem of constantly having to puff on the cigar to keep it lit.  If I set the cigar down for a minute or less it wanted to go out.  At one point I tapped off the ash and added some fire to get it going, but this issue persisted.  I noticed the cigar never cored (or tunneled), and there were no rancid flavors as a result of puffing more than I would have liked, but it required more maintenance that I would have liked.  / Finish: I enjoyed this portion of the cigar the most.  The burning issue subsided a bit and the tobacco flavors strengthened to offer more earth flavor and a hint of spice which melded well with the sweetness.  I wish the cigar would have been longer to enjoy the last third more.  To the very end, I never experienced any bitterness or harshness, although it did seem to dry out my mouth a bit. – Points:  26 of 30

Larry » My first impression of taste was a very sweet taste in my mouth. It reminded me of a swisher sweet, unfortunately.  The smoke has sweetness to it as well, which was not unwelcome.  It left a chocolate flavor on my palate.  The aroma was sweet as well, leaving a pleasant smell in the room.  The longer I smoked it, I began to get a better taste of the cigar itself; less sweetness and more cigar flavor. – Points: 22 of 30

Overall Impression (40 points):

Matt » If you want to try something a little different that is a far cry from a flavored cigar, I think you will enjoy this.  It is a very smooth medium to medium full bodied cigar. While I did enjoy the cigar, there are two things I wanted more from this cigar: the first being a more consistent burn quality and the second being more flavors from the aged Nicaraguan tobacco used.  Overall it is a great change of pace and worth trying.  – Points:  37 of 40

Larry » My overall impression is positive.  The cigar is well made and draws well.  I can’t get past the sweetness of it though.  I prefer a bolder, spicy cigar. My final impression is that while it is not my kind of cigar, but for those of you who like a milder, sweeter cigar, it will be a great match for you.  – Points: 35 of 40

Matt’s Total Points:  88 out of 100
Larry’s Total Points: 83 out of 100

Average Score: 85.5 out of 100


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