The Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Toro rounds out the portfolio neatly between the Red and Black. It delivers medium-full flavors while keeping the strength level locked at a maximum of medium. The Joya Silver is going to have broad market appeal.
The Casa Cuevas Connecticut Toro is Connecticut Shade done right. Start with a nice core of sweetened cream, bread, roasted nuts and gradually introduce spice into the profile. This is no doubt my favorite line within Casa Cuevas' offerings. I highly recommend this cigar.
The Casa Cuevas Maduro Clásico Prensado is an enjoyable cigar with flavors of cocoa, leather, red pepper flake, pepper, sweetness and earth. Burn performance is very good, with a bit of a tight draw. Strength peaked just over medium at times, but was approachable throughout the smoking experience.
The Davidoff Revery Toro offers a complex array of flavors. Baking spices, cedar, mushroom, chocolate and toasted earth. The construction is perfect, and so is the draw, but it's what you would expect in a cigar from Davidoff. A consistent experience from start to finish, I wouldn't hesitate to light up another Davidoff Revery if I had the opportunity.
The Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro Especial is an interesting departure from the blend profile that makes up the original Herrera Esteli line. The overall smoking experience was good, and I'm eager to try this offering in another vitola format.
As my first introduction to the brand, I enjoyed the flavor profile of the Casa Cuevas Habano Clásico Prensado. Natural cigar tobacco flavor, sharp minerals, barnyard, roasted chestnuts with a nice dose of black pepper on the retrohale are all notes pointing to a well executed Habano wrapped cigar.
Overall, the profile of the Island Lifestyle Island Club was pretty typical of other Connecticut shade cigars as it didn't do anything to stand out from the pack. The draw to this cigar would definitely be the price point as it's quite low and this is the advantage of this cigar.
The H. Upmann Connecticut by Grupo de Maestros Toro carried a fairly traditional Connecticut shade profile with a slightly amped up strength level. While the flavor profile is pretty typical of many other Connecticut shade cigars, the price point for the vitola is attractive.
The Providencia Hostage delivered a bold and at times, medium plus flavor experience that I found enjoyable. With notes of cedar, baking spices, leather, chocolate, earth, minerality and sweetness, there is a lot going on.
In the end, the Ramon Allones by AJ Fernandez Toro didn't seem like much of a departure from other AJ blends and I felt like I was smoking a cigar that was fairly close to some of his other offerings. The cigar is fine, but with the increased price point, I'm not sure it is something I would gravitate towards if I'm looking for something in his normal flavor profile.