Team Cigar Review: Espinosa Sumatra Toro

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Cigar Details: Espinosa Sumatra Toro

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Zona
  • Blender: Hector Alfonso
  • Price: $11.50
  • Release Date: January 2024
  • 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 Espinosa Sumatra Toro is dark tan and has a few decently raised veins and a network of fine veins. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional core line design and having a color combination of purple, silver and black. It denotes the brand and the line. The foot has a white/pale silver ribbon. The aroma from the wrapper is dry earth with light cedar while the foot brings an even mix of earth and cedar. The pre-light draw brings airy cedar and a floral perfume note.
Seth: The Espinosa Sumatra Toro has an old school Sumatra aroma. It really takes me back to some Ecuadorian Sumatras from 15 years ago. Sweet spices with some fruitiness. Earth, tobacco, wood and leather as well. Some cherries. Great aromas. Nice Natural coloring. Smooth, but delicate wrapper. Veins are small to medium in size.
John: The Espinosa Sumatra Toro comes in cellophane and and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information and an integrated tear tab to remain intact when the cellophane is opened. There is a primary band in white font, against a silver and purple background. Additionally, the cigar has a white, approaching silver ribbon as a foot band. I weighed the cigar at 17.9 grams and measured the humidity with the HumidiMeter Pro at 61.0%. I picked up on aromas of wood, peanut butter and hay. From the foot, a mild, sweet tobacco and hay.
Jiunn: The Espinosa Sumatra Toro has an even and oily Colorado wrapper coloration. Veins are finely pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas reveal cedar and hay.

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with dry earth, toasted cedar and mild black pepper. At a half inch in, some mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale is musty, toasted cedar and earth. As the third comes to a close, the musty, toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the black pepper a bit behind. The strength was slightly above medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some nice sweet spice aromas. Pepper and cinnamon. I am getting some leather, wood, coffee and earth as well. Bits of cherries present. Medium in strength and body.
John: The first third kicks off with a spicy and sweet tobacco and finishes with sweet wood and a delayed medium-full strength pepper on the post draw. Tannic wood comes into the finish at medium strength roughly a half an inch in. Sweetness joins the post draw by the one inch mark, offsetting the pepper.
Jiunn: The first third’s flavor profile is balanced with creamed nuttiness, hay, café au lait and a hint of construction paper. Retrohaling brings the spice in the form of spicy cedar. The finish is short with soft lingering cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Second Third

Aaron: The second third continues on with the musty, toasted cedar and earth being even up front, and the black pepper a bit behind. The retrohale remains musty, toasted cedar and earth. At an inch in, the earth takes a slight lead in the profile. At an inch and a quarter in, the black pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the earth is slightly ahead of the musty, toasted cedar, with black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is fairly in line with the first. Nice balance of sweet cinnamon and pepper spice. Bits of leather, wood and tobacco. Some cherry qualities, but faint. Finish of coffee beans. Still medium in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions in the second third are a combination of sweet wood and tannic wood that lingers between each puff. Baking spices settle into the center of the retrohale as the cigar continues. Some spice also joins the post draw as it moves towards the halfway point.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile widens. In addition to all the flavors from the first third, there’s now a creamed stone fruit (apricots perhaps). In general, the profile is supremely creamy off most of the flavors. Strength and body remains medium.

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper picks up a bit. The retrohale is now musty, toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the earth is just ahead of the musty, toasted cedar with black pepper a bit behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is in line with that of the first and second. Balance of sweet cinnamon and pepper spices. Leather, wood, tobacco and soft cherries with some coffee notes on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: The last third begins with sweet earth and wood that lingers into the post draw. That earth fades away as the cigar progresses with sweetness at the front of the puff and wood in the center. A heavy earth returns into the finish by the bottom half and lingers the entire time between each draw.
Jiunn: The final third struggles a little, such that there’s less creaminess and more of a linear flavor profile with mainly creamed coffee and cedar. Strength surprisingly moves to medium-full, while body maintains medium.

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times and the cigar went out once in the final third, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in one inch increments.
Seth: Good burn from start to finish.
John: The burn is straight through the first third with some minor unevenness at the end of the first third. The burn is relatively straight for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: Slight downtick in score due to a couple quick touch-ups. Did not effect the flavor experience though.

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Espinosa Sumatra Toro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was a bit tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause an issue with the smoking experience.
Seth: Solid draw from beginning to end.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: Slightly snug but overall did not hinder the smoking experience.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with dry earth, toasted cedar and mild black pepper. Some mustiness joined in fairly quickly. The cigar maintained the core flavor profile with the earth taking the lead at the midpoint of the cigar. The Espinosa Sumatra Toro had an average and fairly mundane flavor profile throughout, just focused around earth, musty toasted cedar and black pepper. Nothing really exciting here unless you’re a fan of an earthy and woody profile. Not a cigar I’d really see myself coming back to.
Seth: The Espinosa Sumatra Toro is a solid cigar with a decent core profile. I would have loved to have had a little bit more complexity and depth, but it had a nice Ecuadorian Sumatra profile. It was not too harsh or lacking. I think in today’s market it is well priced, and smokes like an affordable and approachable Sumatra release from 15 years ago. (Connecting those pre-light aromas to the conclusion.) I would smoke the cigar again, but it is not an Espinosa release I would seek out. I would be interested in other vitola offerings.
John: The Espinosa Sumatra Toro had a lot of pleasant flavors through each third, but for my palate, I didn’t find any of the combinations to combine in a way that made it stand out. The burn was perfect while the draw had some resistance to it. At the time of this review, the Espinosa Sumatra comes in three vitolas, and I think I’d like to revisit it in one of the other options to see how it compared to this experience. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 43 minutes.
Jiunn: The flavor profile of the Espinosa Sumatra Toro was overall an enjoyable one. Tons of creaminess in cedar, stone fruit and coffee. But the creaminess didn’t overwhelm as it did a good job of interplaying against the aforementioned notes. Slight tick down for the construction of burn and draw (but not a material one). With all that said, I’d be happy to smoke more of these.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$2.13

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.25

Cost/Point

$2.19

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$2.11

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$1.75

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