Personal Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Toro

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Cigar Details: Angel Cuesta Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Wrapper: Ecuador Havana Rosado
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Factory: El Reloj
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $19.00
  • Release Date: April 2023
  • Source: J.C. Newman

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

There are three bands on the Angel Cuesta Toro, all in a red, gold, cream and black color combination. The primary has the brand logo on it, the secondary has the brand name and the sleeve that runs from the secondary to the foot has the logo on it again. The wrapper is light brown with a network of lightly raised veins. The seams are smooth, head finished with a short, twisted stump and the foot is covered with folded over wrapper. The aroma from the wrapper is cedar and light honey sweetness while the covered foot brings a fuller version of the same combination. The pre-light draw is lightly musty cedar with light amounts of earth and honey sweetness along with a very faint spiciness on my lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with musty, toasted cedar and light earth. At a half inch in, the earth picks up a bit and some black pepper joins the profile. The retrohale is musty, toasted cedar, earth and zingy black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the musty, toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth with black pepper a bit further behind. The strength was slightly below medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, there’s an underlying mintiness to the profile. At a half inch in, the black pepper has mellowed a bit. The retrohale is now musty, toasted cedar with light earth and black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper has dropped from the profile. As the third comes to a close, the musty, toasted cedar is up front, with the earth a bit behind and faint mintiness in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the earth picks back up a bit. At a half inch in, the earth is now right behind the musty, toasted cedar. The retrohale is now just musty toasted cedar and earth. At an inch in, the toast level picks up a bit. At an inch and a half in, a light black pepper rejoins the profile while the mustiness increases. As the cigar comes to a close, the musty, toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth with black pepper a fair bit behind and light mintiness in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.

Burn

For most of the smoking time, there was about a third of the wrapper that didn’t want to burn, which required a touch-up in addition to two re-lights that were required.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with musty, toasted cedar and light earth. Some black pepper joined a bit later. The second third saw an underlying mintiness join in and the black pepper left the profile. The final third saw the black pepper rejoin. There were some burn issues with two re-lights and a touch-up. The Angel Cuesta Toro started well, with a classic flavor profile. From the second third on, the profile was average, with the final third kind of teetering on being good. This is a slight step down from the Salomones vitola, possibly due to the burn issues. The flavor profile is unique and I like it when it’s on, the price point just doesn’t do it for me, especially with the burn issues I’ve experienced in the two vitolas I’ve smoked. I don’t think I’d come back to this vitola.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.70

Cost/Point

$3.33

Scoring System

Aaron
Very GoodPre
Light
GoodFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
SubparBurn
AmazingDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Toro

Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Toro

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