Team Cigar Review: Casa Cuevas Cuevas Reserva Natural Toro

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Cigar Details: Casa Cuevas Cuevas Reserva Natural Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Las Lavas
  • Blender: Luis Cuevas, Sr.
  • Price: $9.90
  • Release Date: August 2019
  • Source: Casa Cuevas

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Casa Cuevas Cuevas Reserva Natural Toro is a light golden tan and has a slightly raised tree of veins running down the backside of the cigar. The seams are smooth and pretty well hidden for how light the wrapper color is. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The band is blue with silver lettering designating the line name and white borders. The aroma from the wrapper is sweet hay and light leather while the foot brings wood and tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw is a light and creamy leather.

Pre-light Experience

The Casa Cuevas Cuevas Reserva Natural Toro is simply stunning in appearance. The Connecticut wrapper is beautiful with nearly no veins present and silky in texture. It has a beautiful golden hay color, solid Natural and is firm throughout. I am getting aromas of cedar, raisins, sweet spices, tobacco, earth and cream.

Pre-light Experience

The Casa Cuevas Cuevas Reserva Natural Toro has a silky smooth Colorado Claro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a well wrapped cap. Nosing the wrapper gives wet barnyard and cedar. Aromas from the foot tell roasted nuts and a subtle black pepper spice. Cold draw gives namely a light airy cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted wood, light creaminess and mild baking spice. Through the first inch, the profile remains consistent. The retrohale has the baking spice up front with the toasted wood following. At an inch and a quarter, the creaminess transitions to mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the toasted wood is just slightly ahead of the mustiness while the baking spice is light in the background. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with soft spices and touch of black pepper. There is a tropical fruit quality present as well, and with that is some peaches and cream quality. I am getting some cedar notes as well and the finish is of soft earth and raisins. I would classify the cigar as being medium in body, mild to medium in strength and medium in flavors.

First Third

The initial third opens with medium body and strength with flavors of biscuits, bread, dried nuts and sweet cream. Past the initial inch or so, cedar and some subtle black pepper joins. Retrohaling gives greater influences in pepper, nuttiness and has a nice creamed cherry cordials. The finish is short with namely a bread note.

Second Third

As the second third begins, a slight wood bitterness joins the profile. At a half inch in, the mustiness drops back a bit causing the toasted wood to be a bit dry now. There is still some faint baking spice in the background while the wood bitterness has gone away. The retrohale has the toasted wood and mustiness at equal levels with the baking spice right behind. At an inch and a half, the baking spice is gone and the profile has become a bit more dry. As the third comes to a close, some of the wood bitterness returns to the profile. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

When I get into the second third, I find some transitioning taking place and I am picking up some cream, hay and soft spices. There is a touch of black pepper present, but it is quite faint. With that is some earthy and manure qualities and a finish of mushrooms. Like before, it is medium in body, mild to medium in strength and medium in flavors.

Second Third

The second third has a major loss on the softer notes (biscuits, nuts, sweet cream). Instead, it is replaced by wood and spice (cedar and tame black pepper). The most drastic shift is the addition of a drying effect on the palate. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the profile of dry, toasted wood, mustiness and light wood bitterness continues on. At a half inch in, the dryness and wood bitterness both have a slight uptick. The retrohale is toasted wood and mustiness. The cigar wraps up with the profile of dry, toasted wood, mustiness, light wood bitterness and an added light vegetal note. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

Entering into the final third, I experience some additional transitioning and seeing a return of the tropical fruit and peach notes. There are some buttery qualities present with the cigar and it has a nice hay, cream and cedar base. There is a touch of peppery spice present on the finish along with almonds, earth and mushrooms. The cigar is medium in body, strength and flavors to the end.

Final Third

The final third is very similar to the second third. Drying on the palate, flavors still consists of cedar and tame black pepper spice with major loss to white/soft notes. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was wavy throughout, but didn’t need any touch-ups, but the cigar did go out once at the end of the second third requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn was amazing from start to finish. Well constructed cigar with a beautiful burn line against the Connecticut wrapper.

Burn

Aside from an uneven burn, the burn was great. Solid and tight ashes, cool burning temperature and never requiring a touch-up.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with toasted wood, cream and baking spice. The creaminess transitioned to mustiness and in the second third, the wood became slightly drying. The baking spice dropped out and some wood bitterness moved in and out. Construction was pretty good and strength built from mild-medium up to medium. The Casa Cuevas Cuevas Reserva Natural Toro started well with a nice flavor combination. By the second third, the profile became a pretty typical Connecticut Shade profile and finished up that way. Overall, the cigar was pretty standard compared to a lot of Connecticut Shade offerings and didn’t do anything to really differentiate itself from the pack. This would be a good cigar to pair with coffee in the morning, but although I would smoke it again, I won’t be too eager to pick out this specific blend when looking for a lighter profile.

Draw

Draw was just to my liking throughout. Fantastic.

Overall

I was hard on Casa Cuevas last year, but this year they have released some gems. The Casa Cuevas Cuevas Reserva Natural Toro is a beautiful Connecticut that delivered complex flavors with depth from start to finish. There was transitioning and each third was unique. The balance between flavors, body and strength was great and the construction and draw were spot on. While there are a lot of average Connecticut offerings, it is easy to tell when you have a great one and that makes them even better. They can be smoked at anytime and by anyone. Job well done!

Draw

The draw was perfect. The best air flow.

Overall

When I was smoking through the first third of the Casa Cuevas Cuevas Reserva Natural Toro, I thought to myself how long it’s been since I enjoyed a well executed Connecticut shade cigar. The mix of biscuits, dried nuts, sweet cream, with subtle black pepper spice made for a full flavored experience. But past the first inch mark, that experience unfortunately deteriorated (fast). Being too dry on the palate and losing out on the soft notes made a big difference in the ultimately average experience.

Aaron
Seth
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$1.68

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

8.23

Cost/Point

$1.20

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.65

Scoring System

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