Taza de José Toro Natural
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorean Connecticut
Binder: Habano from Honduras
Filler: Estelí and Jalapa from Nicaragua
$143.99 for a box of 20
$44.95 for a five-pack
Available in Corona, Robusto, Gordo, Toro, and Churchill sizes, and in light Ecuadorean Connecticut as well as chocolaty Ecuadorean Habano wrapper. A maduro version will soon be available.
The Taza de José Toro Natural features a double-capped blond wrapper with few signs of any veins, and seams that are nearly imperceptible. It is clad with a self-adhesive band blessedly free of glues that could pull at a delicate wrapper. This cigar’s flavor profile is light and creamy from first flame to finish. An easygoing richness is abundant even on the retrohale—no easy feat in the blender’s art. Also notable (at first) is just a pinch of tartness or tanginess, recognizable to appreciators of light Connecticut-seed wrapper leaf.
The predominant flavor character is perhaps best described as light and sugary with hints of sweet tea. This cigar delivers plenty of decadent smoke, but the gentle character of the blend makes the thick clouds easy to gobble, with no peppery traits tickling the sinuses. A pleasant and smooth aftertaste, with not a hint of bitterness, lingers well beyond every puff. These same light and agreeable notes sing softly and mostly unchanged throughout the one-hour experience, though toward the end the cream deepens and darkens a little. In short, this is a fine cigar without brawn. Newcomers to cigar smoking would be well-advised to try this product, but for any epicure of delicate taste the Taza de José Toro in Connecticut Shade assuredly commends itself.
Taza de José Cigars
Manufactured in Danlí, Honduras, at the Plasencia Cigar Factory
Distributed by Cup O’ Joes of Queensbury, New York
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