Personal Cigar Review: Chillin’ Moose Shady Moose Toro

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Cigar Details: Chillin’ Moose Shady Moose Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Mexico
  • Filler: United States, Columbia, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • Factory: HATSA
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release Date: March 2023
  • Source: Forged

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Chillin’ Moose Shady Moose Toro is dark tan and has some lightly raised veins present. The seams are a bit raised and the caps are well applied. The band is yellow, black and white with the line name and an image of a moose wearing sunglasses and smoking a cigar. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cedar and hay while the foot brings cedar and mesquite smokiness. The pre-light draw brings cedar and cardboard.

First Third

The cigar begins with dry cedar and earth. The fullness of the combination picks up a half inch in and there is now a slight wood bitterness to the profile. The retrohale is a mirror image of the dry cedar and earth. As the third comes to a close, the earth now has a slight lead over the toasted cedar while the wood bitterness is in the background. The strength is slightly below medium.

Second Third

The second third begins with a continuation of how the first ended, with the exception of the overall profile now being fairly dry. At a half inch in, the wood bitterness picks up a fair amount. The retrohale remains an even mix of toasted cedar and earth. At an inch and a quarter, a mild black pepper joins the profile. At an inch and a half in, a light creaminess becomes present. As the third comes to a close, the earth is slightly ahead of the toasted cedar, with wood bitterness in the middle and light black pepper and creaminess in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted cedar and earth become even again at the front of the profile while the creaminess has departed. The retrohale now has a light creaminess joining the toasted cedar and earth. At an inch in, the wood bitterness is now just a bit behind the toasted cedar and earth. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the wood bitterness a bit behind and light black pepper in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.

Burn

The burn was straight throughout and the ash held on in inch and three quarter increments.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with dry cedar and earth. Some wood bitterness joined in a bit later. The second third saw the overall profile become a bit dry and some light black pepper and creaminess joined in. The final third saw the creaminess depart and the wood bitterness increase. Construction was absolutely perfect. The Chillin’ Moose Shady Moose Toro started with an average flavor profile focused around toasted cedar, earth and light wood bitterness. From the second third on, the profile took a step down as the wood bitterness crept up throughout the rest of the smoking experience. The cigar is a serviceable budget smoke, but not something I’d see myself coming back to with any regularity. Something to smoke when you’re focused on something else as it technically performs well, but you’re not looking for something that’s flavor first.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.68

Cost/Point

$1.07

Scoring System

Aaron
AveragePre
Light
AverageFirst
Third
SubparSecond
Third
SubparFinal
Third
AmazingBurn
AmazingDraw
SubparOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Chillin’ Moose Shady Moose Toro

Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Chillin’ Moose Shady Moose Toro

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