Team Cigar Review: Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

No comments

Cigar Details: Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 5.75″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Andullo, Corojo, Criollo ’98, Nicaraguan Condega Ligero and Viso Condega
  • Factory: La Aurora
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $16.75
  • Release Date: November 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: About 80% of the Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro is covered pre-light, with a primary band that is white and gold and has the company name and it is on top of a parchment paper type sleeve that runs all the way to the foot. The sleeve is gold and white with a repeating leaf design. Above the primary band is a band that has all of the cigar info on it such as company, line, sub-line, tobacco and rolling dates along with blend and factory info. The sleeve and primary band slide off together, revealing a wrapper that is medium brown with some darker freckles and has some decently raised veins. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. The aroma from the wrapper is wood and earth, while the foot brings raisin along with some cedar. The pre-light draw brings stewed fruit and cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro is a solid looking cigar. Dark Natural wrapper with some faint Colorado aspects. Aromas of earth, tobacco, cherries and chocolate. Some cream and strong spices on the finish. Firm cigar. Rolled well.
John: The Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro comes in cellophane, does not have a UPC sticker, and has a cellophane sheath covering roughly two thirds of the cigar along with a secondary band over top indicating ‘Don Doroteo’. The primary band has details regarding the tobaccos used in the blend along with the factory information. I weighed the cigar at 18.7 grams and measured the humidity with the HumidiMeter Pro to 66.7%. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet tobacco, a faint berry fruit, raisin, with bread as a background note. From the foot, I was getting a more intense jammy raisin.
Jiunn: The Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro has a Colorado Red coloring in natural sunlight. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll is even and the head is well capped and wrapped. Pre-light aromas consist of mainly subtleties in toasted nuts and aged cedar.

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and earth along with a mild black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the black pepper has increased a bit. The retrohale is a mix of toasted cedar and earth. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth, with the black pepper a bit further behind. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some earth and wood notes. Oak qualities. Bits of cocoa with sweet spices and tobacco on the finish. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third opens with creamy tobacco, and an earth and wood combination to finish. The post draw takes on pepper as the cigar settles in. Some light plus strength dry wood joins the end of the draw as the first third progresses. A stewed raisin is present on the retrohale part of the way towards the mid point.
Jiunn: The first third has an average, generic flavor profile centered around scorched cedar, hay and stale toasted nuts. Retrohaling brings out more of the stale toasted nuts and increases the scorched cedar note. The finish is short, with soft cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper picks up a bit. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with light black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper mellows a bit and becomes a bit dull. As the third comes to a close, the black pepper ramps up and becomes a bit sharp and is right behind the earth, which is right behind the toasted cedar. The strength remains at medium.
Seth: The second third is right in line with the first. Earth and wood qualities. Cocoa and sweet spices on the finish. Tobacco qualities as well. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy wood starts the second third, with dry wood to finish and linger for a short time on the post draw palate. Sweet tobacco joins with the wood as it continues. The profile remains stable for the remainder of the second third.
Jiunn: The second third has more distinctive flavors, and therefore tastes less generic. Similar approach as the first third though, being scorched cedar, hay and stale toasted nuts oriented. Strength and body remains medium.

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper loses the sharpness and is now even with the earth. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth with light black pepper. The cigar wraps up with toasted cedar up front and earth and black pepper right behind. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the first and second. Cocoa, earth and wood notes up front with some tobacco and mineral spices on the finish. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: A sweet, creamy wood is my initial flavor impression for the last third. As the cigar settles in here, a light plus strength earth joins the finish. As the cigar approaches the halfway point, tannins join the finish at medium strength and linger between each puff.
Jiunn: The final third decreases in flavor scope and complexities. At this point, its primarily soft scorched cedar and stale toasted nuts. The generic vibes from the first third made a comeback. Strength and body remains medium.

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Good burn throughout.
John: The burn was wavy through the first third. I found the burn to be almost completely even for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was a bit tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and earth along with a mild black pepper. Through the rest of the cigar, the pepper changed levels up and down, but other than that, no real transitions to speak of. The Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro had an average flavor profile throughout that was fairly linear. Not an exciting cigar at all and seems like a factory pick ’em. Not a cigar I’d see myself coming back to and that doesn’t take into account the high price. I didn’t really get much of the Andullo influence either.
Seth: The Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro was right in line with the Piedra Viva. Average blend that really did not pop. There wasn’t a quality in the cigar that really popped and led me to want to smoke this again or seek it out. It’s easy to create your own blend, but it really takes work and time to make something special.
John: The Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro had some pleasant flavor combinations through the first third, but I found it to be flat through the second and last thirds. The burn had minor waviness to it in the first third but was otherwise perfect, while the draw had some resistance. The cigar has a good foundation in the explanation of how Andullo tobacco is used, but the flavor profile didn’t ever come together in a way that elevated it above average for me. This isn’t something I’d return to in the future. Total smoking time was quite long at 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Jiunn: This Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro is one of those cigars that could have been more. The flavors were overall generic, but if they were fuller, it could have easily been a good cigar. With that said, it’s something I would not be interested in returning to.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
AverageFirst
Third
AverageFirst
Third
Average
AverageSecond
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageSecond
Third
Average
AverageFinal
Third
AverageFinal
Third
AverageFinal
Third
Average
Very GoodBurnGoodBurnAmazingBurnAmazing
Very GoodDrawAmazingDrawGoodDrawAmazing
AverageOverallAverageOverallAverageOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$3.05

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$3.02

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$3.07

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.91

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Jiunn LiuTeam Cigar Review: Don Doroteo Salt of the Earth Piedra Angular Toro

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *