Team Cigar Review: Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

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Cigar Details: Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Jamastran Habano Viso
  • Binder: Connecticut
  • Filler: Honduran Jalapa Habano Viso, Jamastran Habano Viso and Paraguay Viso
  • Factory: Fabrica Centroamericana de Tabaco
  • Blender: Sébastien Decoppet
  • Price: $15.10
  • Release Date: July 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro is light brown and has a network of lightly raised veins. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. There are two bands, both in a burgundy, gold, white and blue color combination. The primary band denotes the sub-line on front while the secondary band denotes the company and line. The aroma from the wrapper is very faint cedar while the foot brings a mix of cedar and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw is pretty interesting as there is some cedar initially and then a fuller dank barn wood that comes through.
Seth: The Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro is a beautiful looking cigar. Great finish with the bands, and a beautiful wrapper as well. Lovely Colorado coloring with some oils present. Small veins throughout. Aromas of cocoa, earth, tobacco, spices and wood.
John: The Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro does not have cellophane and has a UPC sticker applied to the back side part of the band. There are two bands with the primary Cavalier Geneve Inner Circle band and then a secondary Domaine Rouge band. I weighed the cigar at 15.2 grams and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro was 58.7%. Aromas from the wrapper were Spanish cedar and mild spices. A mild musty tobacco was present from the foot.
Jiunn: The Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro has a Colorado wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper give hay and cedar. Aromas from the foot adds in a nice nuttiness. The cold draw gives hay, cedar and must.

Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with dry, toasted oak and earth. At a quarter inch in, a light mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale is a mix of toasted oak and earth. At an inch in, there is a subtle creamy black pepper in the background. As the third comes to a close, the profile I musty, toasted oak up front, with earth in the middle and very subtle creamy black pepper in the background. The strength was mild-medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with this creamy tobacco profile that is paired with some earth and cocoa notes. Bits of mineral qualities and spice on the finish, but mild overall. Medium in strength and body.
John: Sweet graham cracker gets the first third started followed by wood and hay on the finish. A mild vegetal is present on the center of the retrohale as mild, musty tobacco finishes. A lovely creaminess develops on the retrohale, followed by mild spices. I’m impressed by the amount of smoke production with each puff. Some earthiness comes into the finish as it progresses. Creamy sweetness leads the retrohale as it continues, and is joined by a faint white pepper on the post draw. By the bottom half, some nuttiness sits on the palate between draws.
Jiunn: The first third’s flavor profile tastes easy going and elegant. A plethora of sweet and creamy bread, followed by dehydrated vegetables and mushroom funk. On the retrohale, the creamy delivery is heightened. The finish is clean with mild, dried red pepper spice and cream. Strength and body is medium.

Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the toasted oak becomes a bit fuller as the earth lightens up. At a half inch in, the subtle creamy black pepper has departed. At three quarters of an inch in, a light vegetal note becomes present. The retrohale is now toasted oak and earth that has a chalkiness to it. At an inch and a half in, the earth picks back up and has a light chalkiness to it. As the third comes to a close, the musty, toasted oak is up front, with lightly chalky earth in the middle and vegetal note in the background. The strength remained at mild-medium.
Seth: The second third is fairly similar to the first. Beautiful looking cigar, but not much going on. Creamy tobacco profile that is paired with earth and cocoa notes. Bits of mineral qualities and spice on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy, sweet graham cracker greets me in the second third as dry wood and hay follows into the post draw. A delayed light-plus pepper and earth combination settles on the post draw. Sweet wood moves into the center as it settles, bringing with it some mild tannins. Earth joins the post draw at medium strength progressing towards the halfway point. The earth moves into the center of the profile at the halfway mark at the same strength level. Through the bottom half, earth drops to light-plus and mixes with wood.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile is still elegant and enjoyable. The sweet and creamy bread is still leading the flavor pact, with dehydrated vegetables and mushroom funk to follow. I’m picking up a little bit more spice, but the soft notes by far is mostly noticeable. Strength and body remains medium.

Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the chalky earth is now right behind the musty, toasted oak. The retrohale is back to toasted oak and light earth. At three quarters of an inch in, the vegetal note increases a bit. At an inch and a quarter, the vegetal note gains a light mintiness. As the cigar wraps up, the musty, toasted oak is just ahead of the chalky earth, with a lightly minty vegetal note a bit further behind. The strength bumped up to slightly below medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the second. Creamy tobacco profile with earth and cocoa notes. Bits of mineral qualities and spice on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy woods leads into the last third, with mild dry wood on the finish. As the last third continues, mild graham cracker is present but pushed aside by medium-minus strength earth. Dry wood leads the flavor profile as it continues. Wood is driving the profile by the halfway point, with wood and earth through the finish.
Jiunn: Leaning in on the final third, the creaminess of the profile lessens, now mainly a mushroom funk and cedar driven cigar. Not as enjoyable as the first couple thirds but the final third is still no slouch. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in one inch increments.
Seth: Very good burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight to start, becoming uneven for the remainder of the first third, eventually requiring a touch-up. The burn became uneven through the second third, and into the last third eventually requiring another touch-up.
Jiunn: A few touch-ups due to uneven wrapper burn caused the burn performance to not be as superb.

Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw was at most one notch into the resistant spectrum, still inside the ideal range for an amazing draw score.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with dry, toasted oak and earth. A light mustiness joined in fairly quickly and then a subtle creamy black pepper a bit later. The second third saw the creamy black pepper depart and a light vegetal note join in. The earth gained a chalkiness to it as well. The final third saw the vegetal note gain a light mintiness to it. The Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro was very light in strength and had a really basic flavor profile to it. Some slight transitioning along the way, but nothing that ever really captured my attention. If you’re a fan of low strength cigars, I’d say give it a try, but this is a bit too basic for me, and paired with the high price point, not something I’d really see coming back to.
Seth: This Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro was a disappointing cigar from start to finish. Great in appearance, but poor delivery. Very little in the flavor department. Really let down by this cigar, if I am being honest. A bust in a lot of ways.
John: The Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro started out with some promising flavor combinations. As it continued into the second third, it remained present but didn’t have the same dynamic qualities that would elevate it to good. The last third was largely earth and wood driven. The draw was perfect while the burn had uneveness through the review, requiring two touch-ups. The Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro didn’t do enough to stand out from other good offerings from Cavalier Genève for me. Total smoking time was a laid back 2 hours and 44 minutes.
Jiunn: Cavalier Genève brings another winner into the cigar market with the Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro. This time, it feels like the first time I had a cigar from them, bringing elegance, easy going, and a well melded flavor profile. Smokers of premium classic brands such as Davidoff, Avo, CLE should really look at this brand, as surely there are gems to be found here.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.67

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.28

Cost/Point

$2.86

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$2.56

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.62

Cost/Point

$2.28

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Cavalier Genève Inner Circle Domaine Rouge Toro

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