Posted by Jack | in San Cristobal | on 11 Jan 2013 | at 7:13 AM | 2202 views
I just realized that the only other San Cristobal I have tried was a Seleccion del Sol also.  Well, there goes my review!
Just kidding.  Actually the flavor profile of this selection is unique enough that I believe it warrants a separate review.  This often happens within a specific label - different vitolas exhibit different flavors.  So, how was the toro?  Let's see.
Construction: As you might expect, the toro version of this quality line is beautiful.  The presentation is excellent thanks to the beautifully artistic band and the color scheme they use for this brand.  It just says " Caribbean" to me.  The wrapper is silky smooth and nearly veinless.
Pre-light Aroma and Draw: There is a very nice nutty tobacco aroma out of the cellophane along with a slight hint of spice.  The cold draw is perfect.
Light and Burn: I had an easy time lighting this cigar - some people ask why I record that....well, there are times when a cigar is harder to light.  Bad draw or being poorly stored can really make it difficult, as can an odd shape or massive ring gauge.  Doesn't happen often but it does happen.  The burn with this vitola is laser perfect all the way from start to finish.
Tasting: While the San Cristobal line falls under the Ashton umbrella, it is blended by Don Pepin Garcia....That man is everywhere these days.  You won't hear me complain, either.  The opening of this cigar contains a nice buttery spice.  Most of Pepin's blends start off with an initial spice, but this one was a bit different.  The smoke is creamy and smooth with notes of wood, roasted nuts, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, followed by a nice hint of cherry.
Value: At around $10 she's not too expensive but not cheap either.  It is, however, a remarkable cigar and worth the cash.
Final Thoughts: Most of the time a cigar's flavors are open to personal interpretation.  In this case, my good friend James decided to try one as well and he picked up the same flavors I did.  That makes this cigar exceptional in my book.  I am really becoming a fan of the San Cristobal brand and as such, I can highly recommend this cigar.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan sungrown
Strength: Medium to full
I love the bright colors they use with this cigar.  Very well done.
That band is still a work of art
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