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Label Your Cigar / Pedro Estevez Barberpole Toro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, February 3, 2011
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Label Your Cigar Pedro Estevez Barberpole Toro Cigar Review

This 6 1/8×52 stick offers a two tone wrapper using two different inter lapping leaves. Both offer a dry satin feel, with minimal veins. If the seams were’t different colors you wouldn’t see those either. The construction is spongy but even and it puts off a faint wood and hay aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, tons of rich thick oily smoke and mild-medium flavors of a sweet earth and wood with a long smooth finish. The first third builds on the initial flavors adding a pepper and spice component especially on the finish, while the overall body is up to a smooth and solid medium. The burn is fairly fast, even taking slow draws about 2 per minute. 15 min in, about 1 1/2″ down the ash fell off and the draw flavors changed to a mild-medium creamy milk chocolate with a touch of pepper on the finish. 25 min in at the 1/2 way point, flavors changed adding a deep eath and a nice spice kick to the finish, pushing the body back to a solid medium. Ending at 55 min where it began to get too hot for my taste, the last third transitioned to a very dry almost bitter chocolate and very deep earth, dropping the pepper spice and oil. Thank you very much to LabelYourCigar.com for sending this in for review!

  • Basilisk

    Thank you for this review, as always i find it most interesting. Do you know if there is a retailer for this stick (or these products in general) in europe? I couldn´t find one so far. Or do i have to order it directly in the US (insert groan for postal payment here…) 😉

  • I don’t know, you would have to ask them. I would suspect they are the only source though.

  • J.Russell

    Great review. Thanks. Also, I had no idea you were a photographer… getting into that myself and hopefully full time after I hang up the Army hat.

    Canon or Nikon? (D700 here)

  • Gary_M

    I’m glad I watched this. I bought two sticks from a B&M that look strikingly similar. They claim it was their house blend that took two years to blend. The labels are just like the labelyourcigar labels. Charged 6 bucks a stick. Glad I know the truth now and will be sure to ask them about their “house blend.” Great reviews. Watch them all the time.

  • yankeeman

    I recently bought a box of these in robusto for a bachelor party. Many of the guys are avid cigar smokers and they couldn’t believe how well these cigars performed. If I wouldn’t have seen this video, I probably would have spent twice as much money – so thanks!

  • Kace

    I just ordered a naked bundle of these. Can’t wait to get them and share with my buddies!!

  • Kace

    The naked bundle is not $35 anymore. They range between $45-$55 a bundle and $99 if you order with your own label.

  • Kace

    Hello, if anyone has tried these can they share their experience. I just got a box of the barber pole in and it had the succulent aroma and all but when I smoked it, I had the worst experience. All I got was just hot air, no smoke at all. It barely even let of any smoke. Not even a half inch of ash from the initial light and the cigar got all mushy and hot. If anyone has any clues on what I should do, please fill me in. I’m not sure if this is just a bad box or what. Thanks all.

    • Usually that means it’s way over humidified. Make sure you are storing correctly and give them plenty of acclimation time in your humidor – weeks at least.

      • Kace

        Okay the one I smoked did come straight from the box. I guess I was just excited to try one. LOL. Much apreciate the advice. Thanks

        • Never, ever, smoke right after shipping.

          • Kace

            Lesson learned. One last question, does that go the same for buying singles from a local shop? Or should those acclimate as well?

        • That completely depends on how well the shop stores the cigars. Some are great others suck.

          • Kace

            Okay, it’s prob smart for me to play it safe and give them a good rest in the humidor before smoking. Thanks or all your help Bryan.

  • douglas77

    Is it me or are these no longer available from label your cigar? Id like to order a bundle… lil help?

    • Kace

      I know it’s been a couple months since you posted your question but, I would save my money if I were you. I got a bundle of torpedoes and robustos based solely on this review (I know, not smart on my part) and I haven’t had one that was enjoyable. Nothing has changed from the comments I posted above back in April. They have been stored correctly. My other cigars in the same humidor smoke just fine. Either I got back to back bad orders or something has changed. They get over heated and mushy and stinky. I pulled a thick 4 inch stem out of one. It was smoking so terrible that I opened it up to see what was going on. Wish they had sample packs. I probably would have spent $15-$20 instead of $100 with shipping. If you are still interested after reading my comment, I would be glad to send you one to try for yourself.

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