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Old 08-21-2016, 05:03 PM   #1
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IPCPR 2016 Cigar Review: Don Toribio Connecticut

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What is this? Whatís happening, itís a Sunday afternoon, about my only time ďoffĒ during the week, and we are NOT running all over. The way my life plays out, Sunday afternoons, sadly, the Lordís Day which I observe by playing two Masses in the morning, become our ďgo-time.Ē Itís not the optimum state of affairs, but for whatever reason, circumstances have allowed me an early start, itís time for a little enjoyment. That means a good cigar, hopefully, and an opportunity to catch up on my IPCPR cigar review assignments.
I have reached into my bag of goodies, collected by Jefslat, and distributed by CW Management, Jason and John. Hereís one Iíve never heard of, before. Although an erstwhile cigar writer, thereís so much happening in this world and in daily life, itís almost impossible to keep up with all the brands that now grace the market. So itís not a surprise to me, that thereís something or somethings in my treasure that Iíve not had or heard of. Say good afternoon to a Don Toribio Connecticut. A quick look at their website informs me that this Connecticut shade-wrapped cigar is a toro at 6 inches by 50 ring gauge.

I also glean that these are designed to be affordable cigars for the everyday cigar smoker. Thatís something that CWers are always looking to find. The wrapper leaf, capa, appears to be a bit stretched and wrinkled in spots. It has a nice aroma to it, very straightforward pre-light tobacco nose. I donít detect much else yet. I didnít detect much more than that after I clipped it, thankfully, being full daylight, I was able to clip it cleanly with the guillotine cutter, without damaging the head of the cigar. I burned my fingers a bit when lighting, but I got the job done in one match. It begins with a whiff of leather to the smokeís flavor, but itís also a bit rough. Thereís a finish or remainder thatís the slightest bit peppery on my lips and tongue. This is not the first time and will not be the last. Cigar smokers I count as friends like this sort of thing.

Having a Connecticut shade wrapper, itís not overly strong at the outset. This one puts out a satisfactory amount of smoke, and itís burning pretty straight, so far. USA Sales, Inc., the parent companyís ad copy reads that there is ligero leaf at the core of the filler-blend. I get a little of that, but itís Dominican ligero and the wrapper is Dominican, too. At least thatís what the website says, maybe itís the other blend, not the Connecticut, it is difficult to discern. About a fifth of the way in, the ash has already fallen, no major concern, the flavor is still on-point. Maybe itís better that this is a milder blend, because in the words of Tom Sawyer, ďitís powerful warmĒ out here this afternoon.
USA Sales, Inc. also makes two other brands, namely Pancho Villa, and, Hidden Treasure. The Don Toribio comes in six sizes with three wrappers, Sumatra, Connecticut and Maduro; and, they are packed in both boxes of 50, and bundles of 25. According to their gallery, these are sold in all manner of retail outlets in California and Texas, only.
This cigar is a rightly smoky fellow, even sitting in the ashtray, I see a good wisp of smoke coming from the foot, even in this light, thatís a quality I very much admire in the cigars I enjoy. Iíve ignored it for a few minutes, now, and itís still going, at about 40% in, itís still got good, solid flavor, and burn.


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The cigar is past halfway, now, and itís smoking MORE in the ashtray. The flavor is still a rough, but smoothing, leather with a tinge of sweet char on the finish. It does have a creaminess to its character, as well, according to their website, thatís what the Hidden Treasure blend is designed for, while this one is intended to be their ďclassicĒ cigar. But this one has some of that character to it, as well. Iím down to the end, almost, and I am impressed that it hasnít gone out.
Iíve done a cursory web search, and the only price I can find on these, although it should not matter to the review itself, is $44.99 for a bundle of 25. Thatís a price thatís enticing. This is not, nor ever will be, the best cigar I have ever smoked. But for that price, itís acceptable, no? It has never, not once, been harsh. Despite the humidity out here, it is still lit and smoking despite the fact that Iím writing and also surfing the web.
Don Toribio Connecticut toro would get a solid three stars for me simply for those qualities: staying lit, and not getting harsh. Worth a punt at that price if you live in California and can find them in a shop. Itís satisfactory enough that Reese, the intentionally incontinent dachshund started barking at me from inside to come out with me.
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