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Epicurean Cigars Gonzo Toro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, April 9, 2012
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Epicurean Cigars Gonzo Toro Cigar Review

This 6×52 box pressed broadleaf wrapped cigar features a dark brown slightly red wrapper with an oily fine sandpaper tooth, tight invisible seams, minimal veins, very firm even pack, double cap and pungent manure aroma. First light reveals a snug draw putting off a good amount of medium bodied smoke, with flavors of a smooth slick tobacco with a bit of pepper zing through the long finish. The first third needs double puffs to burn well but it does so with medium-full flavor of a slightly sweet and peppery chocolate, with quite a bit of pepper and spice adding to the long finish. The draw opens up to the slightly loose side still putting off a very good amount of smoke. By the end of the 1st third flavors had ramped up a bit in complexity adding a very smooth tobacco and the sweetness taking on a candy like taste. The smoke itself builds to a bit thicker experience, holding in the mouth longer. That’s what she said. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, I gave it a minor touchup to catch up one side, with flavors morphing just a bit dropping the chocolate, staying with the slightly sweet creamy tobacco core with the same pepper and spice. 55 minutes in just starting the last third, flavors shift again slightly dropping the sweetness replacing it with a deep earthy tobacco taking over the draw flavors. Ending at 1:15 where it got too warm for my taste, the last bit showed no further flavor changes, just building up the strength to medium-full to match the body. Thank you very much to Epicurean Cigars for providing this for review!

  • JJO

    Damn, sounds great! I hope they get their site running soon so I can find out who might be carrying these. In fact, I can’t even find any info about an official release.

    • It’s BRAND new, the site is coming very shortly and it will be distributed through Blanco Cigars. The shipment is on it’s way as I type 🙂

      • JJO

        Yes, I read on Halfwheel that it was slated for release last month, but nothing further. Maybe I’ll have to write David and bug him again for info on this line. 😉 Looks like Blanco is making a push to step up their presence in the cigar world, and that’s great.

        • We just had lunch – like I said – shipment is on the way 😉

  • jomo

    Great review like always. I’m glad I found ur site Anytime I see a cigar I want to try I come here first to see what u say about it. Keep up the good work.

  • Chaz

    These sound great- I suspect a little humi time would correct most of the minor issues… hope to get me hands on these 🙂

    • It very well might, since I keep mine a bit drier than shops or warehouses. It might have to do with the double binder though too. Two binders and a wrapper makes for a pretty thick wall!

  • Slizzard Lizard

    Flavor sounds great. I personally am just worried about that strength kick, sure do hate to get sick off something I enjoy so much. Once the sweats start i know its about time to put it down 🙂

  • Bill

    Construction drives me crazy,it can ruin a good cigar,and make a middle of the road cigar something you have to through away>

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