Pinar Del Rio Liga Especial Reserva Superior Toro Cigar Review
This 6×52 oily mottled dark brown wrapped cigar features a rich slick wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a double cap, closed foot and bold peppery oily tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, medium-full body flavors of a bold rich and oily leathery tobacco with a short finish. The first third develops with medium body flavors of a creamy, oily tobacco, chocolate and slight coffee with a clean short finish. The second third brings a ramp up in strength giving me a bit of a rush. The finish is growing longer but flavors remain the same. Ending at 1:15 where it got too hot for ma taste with an inch left, the last third was consistent with the 2nd as far as flavors but did ramp up the strength to almost full.
This 7.5×50 stick features a dark brown wrapper with small veins, minor imperfections and stretches, tight seams, a spongy give and soapy aroma. First light reveals a nice easy draw with plenty of medium-full body smoke giving peppery tobacco flavors with a big pepper and spice finish. The first third brings a medium body with creamy oily tobacco flavor, and a bit of spice through the finish but not nearly as much as the first light. it does leave a nice tingle on the lips though. The ash is fairly loose, dropping at just less than an inch. The half way point comes and goes at the 1 hour mark with no changes. Ending at 1:30 where it began to get too warm for my taste, the whole stick proved to be very consistent in flavors and performance. Thank you very much to DiFazioCIgars.com for sending this for review!
This 7.5×40 stick offers a beautiful soft dark brown wrapper with a slight redish hue. Veins are minimal, seams are tight and even. It has a firm pack, a little pigtail tip and soft chocolate and barnyard aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with huge clouds of thick rich smoke giving medium-full body flavors of a deep oily earth and fine aged tobacco with a bit of very smooth pepper. The first third develops to a sweet, creamy, oily nut with aged tobacco, the finish going very short and clean with just a bit of earthy aftertaste. The ash holds on for an inch at a time, and the burn is fairly quick. 20 minutes in the 2nd third starts by shifting flavors a touch, dropping the nuttiness and replacing it with a soft leather. The last third shows no further changes although the burn slowed a bit and the ash fell shorter. Ending at 1:10 I enjoyed it right down to the nub. Thank you very much to viewer Megladon8 for sending this for review!
This 7.5×50 stick comes wrapped in a very dry and soft squishy light tan leaf, with minimal veins, invisible seams and a slightly soapy aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw giving medium bodied flavors of a rich creamy oily wood, with a thick chewy mouthfeel and long finish. The first third ups the flavors to include a slight sweetness and nuts, also taking it to a medium-full body – very satisfying flavors and quite surprising to me, for a connecticut! The 2nd third drops the wood and brings up the creamy nut flavors. The ash is holding less than an inch at a time. Ending at 1:15 minutes, the last third showed no further changes, proving the cigar to be quite consistent all the way down. Thank you very much to DiFazioCigars.com for providing this sample for review!
This 5×50 stick offers a dark chocolate wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a firm even pack and a sweet chocolate and barnyard aroma. Firt light reveals thick chewy medium-full smoke with flavors of a creamy aged tobacco, deep and earthy with an oily mouthfeel and long finish. The first third develops in to a chewy, oily, creamy chocolate and tobacco flavor with exceptional smoothness. The finish is very soft, smoke output is excellent and the draw is perfect. 30 minutes in, and barely an inch down, everything is going very well with just the addition of a sweetness somewhere in between caramel and licorice. The 1/2 way point came 50 minutes in with no changes in performance. The last third ended at 1:25 with almost the same flavors, going a bit warmer and a with a bit more caramel. Thank you very much to Art District Cigars for generously providing this sample for review!
This 7.5×52 maduro stick offers a almost black firm wrapper with slight tooth, minimal veins, tight seams, a dense pack and an oily, peppery aroma. First light reveals a loose draw, a good amount of light and airy smoke giving a mild-medium body of sweet, cedary earthy flavors with a relatively short finish. The first third burns perfectly, keeping much of the same experience, getting smoother and more blended together, dropping the sweetness a bit. 1 hour in just passed the 1/2 way point the flavors pickup with a slight sweet nuttiness. Ending at 1:45 the last third proved to be as consistent as the rest, simply getting too warm for my taste to continue past the last inch.
This 6.1×52 cigar offers a velvet soft dark brown wrapper with a slight red hue, an even spongy give, invisible seams and minimal veins. The aroma is soft and rich smooth tobacco with chocolate notes while the first light reveals a medium-full peppery tobacco blast with a long finish. 15 min in to the first third the flavors hold steady but increase in power, going to a full body and near full strength. Draw is fantastic, burn is ok. 30 min in at the half way point flavors are still the same, which is fine by me! Smoke output has increased becoming more creamy. Ending at 50 min in with over an inch remaining the strength simply gre too much for me to finsih, making me light headed and sweaty! While not a bad thing, it’s just too much for this reviewer! For those of you that prefer full strength – this is a perfect example to try! Thank you very much to Canimao for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it!
This 5.5×60 stick offers a soft, firm satin dark chocolate wrapper with small veins, tight seams, nice double cap and a creamy tobacco aroma. First light reveals a rich smooth texture of a medium bodied slightly earthy peppery flavor. The first third continues the trend with smooth creamy textures of aged tobacco with a touch of sweetness and earth. The draw is firm, smoke output is minimal and the burn is good. I find that it smokes much better with a lot more smoke if you take two small puffs rather than the typical one long draw. It starts giving a smooth coffee flavor along with the rest in the 2nd third, hitting the 1/2 way point 45 min in. With no changes to the last third it continues all the good flavors through the rest of the stick ending at 1:15 with an inch left where it got warm for my taste.
This 5.25×50 stick offers a firm slightly toothy golden brown wrapper with minimal veins tight seams and a double cap with a rich peppery tobacco aroma. First light reveals rich oily tobacco flavors with a good pepper kick, medium-full body and a long finish. The first third is creamy, rich, oily, holding the pepper and tobacco with a undertone of vanilla at points. The 2nd third mellows a bit losing a touch of power and body but keeping the oily richness. Flavors are a slightly peppery smooth tobacco with a long finish, perfect construction and 1″ ash chunks. The last third produces much of the same flavors, continuing the same great performance. Ending at 1:30 with over an inch left, it was just getting too warm for my taste.
This 6×52 dark chocolate stick comes wrapped in a cedar sleeve, inside a black aluminum tube for easy transport and storage. Offering a robust, slightly veiny irregular roll it presents slight tooth, a firm pack and beautiful chocolate tobacco aroma. Starting on the mild-medium body side of things, it opens with a oily, smooth tobacco and black pepper flavor without any of the spice and heat, adding a hint of a bitter chocolate in to the long pepper finish. Strength wise it’s definitely got a punch, medium-full by the first inch in. By the half way point flavors had changed to a creamy sweet chocolate and coffee, with a smooth pepper finish, getting richer as it burns down. By the end of the 2nd third flavors had dropped the pepper in exchange for more cream and butter, especially on the finish, leaving an oily creamy slick on the palate. The last third brought the coffee flavor to the forefront and the pepper back but at a milder point, with just a hint of the chocolate. Overall still rich, creamy, oily and slightly sweet, it finished long and smooth. Burn and draw were both excellent all the way down without issue. Total burn time to the last inch was 1:15 where it started getting hot. Thank you very much to Ashton for generously supplying this sample for review!
This 5.7×56 stick offers a dark and oily wrapper with fairly firm construction, small veins and tight seams. Draw was perfect and the burn was very good all the way down, holding long tight ashes. The first inch had quite a spice kick with a smooth tobacco core and long finish. It then transitioned to flavors including coffee, chocolate, licorice, sweetness and left a long finish of oily tobacco and deep espresso. Body was medium-full with rich thick smoke while strength was pushing full. After the video I did have a jittery buzz for 30 min or so. Total burn time was 1:15 to the nub. Thank you very much to Chaz from Long Island, a fan of the site for generously sending me this to try!
This 6.5×44 stick offers a light tan wrapper with small veins and a thin slightly soft wrapper. The flavor profile was very complex with changes happening every few minutes to the band point. Total burn time to the band was 1:15 where it got a little warm for my taste but still had a good inch left. Flavors included earth, leather, cinnamon, spice, pepper, cocoa, coffee, mocha and creme in various combinations as the stick burned down. Overall the body was medium, with touches on either side growing as it burned. Draw also changed significantly, from very firm to just on the loose side with the perfect resistance by the 1/2 way point. Thank you very much to Ashton Cigars for generously sending this sample for review! Photography by BG Pictures.