Team Cigar Review: Casa Cuevas Connecticut Toro

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Cigar Details: Casa Cuevas Connecticut Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Las Lavas
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $7.30
  • Release Date: April 2017
  • Source: Casa Cuevas

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is medium tan and has a network of fine veins. The seams are visible as they are slightly raised while the head is finished off with two well applied caps. The band is the standard design for the brand while this line has a purplish-blue background. The aroma from the wrapper is sweet hay while the foot brings wood and tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw consists of creamy wood and hay.

Pre-light Experience

The Casa Cuevas Connecticut Toro is golden hay in coloring and silky in texture. Few veins present on the wrapper and those present are medium in size. Firm in texture, the wrapper is giving off an aroma of hay, manure and leather. The foot is giving off notes of manure, raisins, soft spices, wood and hay.

Pre-light Experience

The Casa Cuevas Connecticut Toro has a very light Connecticut Shade wrapper. There are some lumps present at places along the side of the cigar, along with one prominent lump just under the cap. The band has gold lettering and accents against a dark blue background. Nosing the cigar, I get sweetness, chocolate, with coffee buried underneath. From the foot, sweet raisin and tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Casa Cuevas Connecticut Toro has a dull light caramel wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a well wrapped triple cap. Aromas from the wrapper give rich cedar, pungent dry barnyard must and hay. Aromas from the foot gives a nice contrast of spicy cedar and ripe jammy plums. Cold draw gives hay, cedar and herbal tea.

First Third

The cigar begins with creamy wood, hay and mild baking spice. At a half inch in, the hay fades away while the baking spice takes on more of a cinnamon profile. The retrohale carries the creamy wood. At an inch and a quarter, the cinnamon transitions to a mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, a bit of hay returns to the profile. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with some subtle creamy aspects and with that are some cedar, sweet earth and soft spices. It is not overly complex, but a solid Connecticut offering. I would classify the cigar as being medium in strength with the body being just above medium, close to medium-full.

First Third

The first third opens with flavors of sweet hay and trailing post draw cedar at a light level. There is a medium minus strength cedar on the retrohale, with light pepper and chocolate underneath. It’s a tasty way to start the first third. There is a complex sweetness joining the retrohale at the 20 minute mark, as hay joins the middle of the palate. Chocolate moves into the post draw at a light level. As the first third winds down, pepper comes into the post draw to round out the flavors.

First Third

The first third has a nice array of tasty Connecticut shade flavors. A good amount of toastiness in bread and roasted nuts, sweetened cream and a hint of spice coming off cedar. Retrohaling brings forth the spicy cedar a bit more as well as cherry cordials. The finish is all about bread and roasted nuts. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the creaminess fades away, leaving the wood, hay and mild black pepper. The profile is slightly dry. At a half inch in, some mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale shows the musty wood. As the third comes to a close, a bit of creaminess returns while the wood has hints of bitterness on random draws. The strength remains at mild-medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding a lot of similarities to that of the first third. A major focus on the cedar and cream profile with a slight increase in spice. Body and strength are at a same level in this third, smoking just below medium-full.

Second Third

The second third brings light balanced cedar to the already complex flavors of the post draw. The retrohale settles into spices, chocolate and hay. The hay on the retrohale eventually moves up to the front of the palate, and also joins into the post draw. As the second third progresses, chocolate moves to the middle of the retrohale palate, and takes over from the post draw hay.

Second Third

Within the first half or so of the second third, I was consistently reminded of how creamy and nutty the cigar is. But more towards the latter part of the second third, the cigar showed more spice components (spicy cedar, sharper minerals) but still held onto the creamy and nutty features. Strength and body is still medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the light bitterness becomes a regular player in the profile to go along with the musty wood, hay and cream. At a half inch in, the cigar begins to warm up which brings a toasted note to the profile. The cream is gone and the overall profile consists of musty and toasted wood along with a mellow bitterness. At an inch in, a vegetal note joins the profile which replaces the toast. The retrohale carries the musty wood and vegetal note. The cigar wraps up with musty wood and a light vegetal note along with a slight bitterness on the finish. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Final Third

I am in the final third of the cigar now and finding a diminished flavor profile and one that focuses on soft cream, spices and shaved wood. The shaved wood notes are prominent and the spice level is similar to that of the second third, leaving the smoker with a cigar that is medium-full in strength and body.

Final Third

No significant changes as the Casa Cuevas Connecticut transitions into the last third. The chocolate flavor falls off as the cigar settles in. Hay and cedar define the rest of the smoking experience.

Final Third

The last third has become more mineral and spicy cedar as compared to creamy and nutty. It’s still a good overall flavor profile but just different. The finish picks up some toastiness in toasted bread and a bit of a charred roasted nuts. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was straight the whole way. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn throughout the smoke was solid but not impressive. It was slightly wavy at times, but never a problem. For some reason, whenever I smoke a Connecticut I expect amazing burn and construction and this cigar did not have that.

Burn

Burn was slightly uneven in the first third, self correcting. Second third was slightly uneven eventually requiring a touch-up to correct a minor canoe.

Burn

Aside from some flaky ashes, the burn was great. Even burn, cool burn, 1.5 inch average ash retention.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with wood, cream and baking spice which transitioned to cinnamon and then black pepper. The cream also was replaced by mustiness. This held on into the final third when some bitterness and a vegetal note joined in. Construction was perfect and the strength was mild-medium until the final third when it bumped up to slightly below medium. This was a pretty nice traditional Connecticut shade offering. It didn’t get the bitterness that a lot of shade cigars have until the final third which was nice. The price point is attractive for this vitola and I could see this being a draw to those that are fans of milder Connecticut shade offerings. I’d have no problem smoking this again and would like to pair it with some coffee in the future.

Draw

The draw on my Casa Cuevas Connecticut was a little tight and led for a poor smoking experience. I found that to be the case with the samples I smoked.

Overall

I was not impressed with the Casa Cuevas Connecticut Toro offering and found the cigar to be lacking in complexity and depth. It is not a bad cigar, but there is nothing about the smoke that makes it pop. There is a lack of complexity towards the end, same for depth and on top of that is little transitioning. Unfortunately, it is a Connecticut that just fits into the pack with other Connecticut offerings and a smaller company can’t do that if they want to reach out to smokers.

Draw

Draw was 1-1/2 to 2 notches into the resistant spectrum.

Overall

The Casa Cuevas Connecticut Toro was a complex and enjoyable Connecticut Shade smoking experience. The blend shows that you can build on a classic Connecticut profile without moving into bold or overwhelming flavors many times associated with new wave Connecticuts. The flavor profile consisted of hay, cedar, pepper, chocolate, baking spices and sweetness that were all very well balanced from start to finish. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 51 minutes.

Draw

The draw was slightly tight but it is still considered very good.

Overall

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.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.20

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$1.29

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$1.12

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.92

Cost/Point

$1.06

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