Team Cigar Review: Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade Toro

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Cigar Details: Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • Factory: De Los Reyes
  • Blender: Phil Zanghi
  • Price: $8.45
  • Release Date: May 2019
  • Source: Debonaire

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade Toro is a light, golden brown with some raised, notty veins present. The seams are smooth but easy to detect due to the vein placement. The double cap is well applied. There are two bands with the primary being the traditional design for the brand which doesn’t designate the wrapper varietal for the line. The foot band is cream colored and carries the brand name and designates Canada. The aroma from the wrapper has hay up front with wood just behind. The foot brings a light wood. The pre-light draw is all hay.

Pre-light Experience

The Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade Toro is wrapped with a beautiful Connecticut Shade wrapper and it has few veins present throughout. Those that are present are medium in size, but have no impact on the smooth and silky wrapper. There is a nice finish with a triple cap and the cigar is giving off an aroma of hay, soft spices and leather on the wrapper. The foot is showing some hay, spices and rich earth. With that being said, the foot band was glued to the wrapper and you could see glue on the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade Toro has the primary Indian Motorcycle band along with an Indian Motorcycle Canada footband. The primary band has gold accents and a metallic red background. The foot band has black and red writing, and two red maple leaves. The wrapper noses of cream, chocolate and light barnyard. The foot has aromas of hay and cedar. Pulling off the foot band results in some minor wrapper damage as the wrapper is stuck to the footband.

Pre-light Experience

The Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade Toro has a light caramel Colorado Claro shade wrapper. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll firm and even, head finished off with a well applied triple cap. Aromas from the wrapper gives subtle dry barnyard and cedar. Aromas from the foot tell subdued black pepper, cedar and nuts. Cold draw gives light black pepper spice on the tip of the tongue and cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of hay, cinnamon and light cream. At a quarter inch in, some mustiness joins the profile. At an inch in, the cinnamon has dropped out and it is musty hay with a light creaminess. The retrohale shows hay with more depth to it along with some mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the hay is now alternating with a light wood note. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering some hay, cedar, peanuts and pepper qualities, and the pepper is more of a white pepper flavor. It is not overly complex and I feel it is lacking in depth. I would classify the strength and body as being medium overall and to be honest the cigar needs to pick up to improve.

First Third

The first third begins with sweet creaminess and hints of white pepper to finish, lingering on the tip of my tongue. Curiously, the creaminess is less intense on the retrohale and finishes with hay. Post draw aged cedar develops as the first third progresses. The white pepper climbs to light plus and settles there. Once the cigar has settled in, the sweet creaminess is established at a light plus, with dry cedar settling into the post draw.

First Third

The first third’s initial inch or so is fairly bland. Past that point, the profile improves, primarily driven by soft baking spices, cedar and a hint of bread/toast. Retrohaling gives deeper spices and a nuttiness. The finish is medium length with slight wood bitterness and cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the alternating hay/light wood, mustiness and faint creaminess. At a half inch in, a light baking spice joins in as the cream leaves the profile. The retrohale is maintaining the detailed hay note along with some mustiness. At an inch and a half, the wood note is now constant and has gained a slight char. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding the flavor profile to be almost identical to that of the first third. There are some hay and pepper notes, and the finish is that of cedar and peanuts. Like before, the cigar is medium in body and strength.

Second Third

In the middle third, dry cedar moves to the front of the palate, and carries into the mid palate. As the cigar settles in, there is some tannic quality rounding out the cedar, and some mild chocolate. No other flavor transitions or notes through the second third.

Second Third

The second third is a continuation of the first third but with a greater emphasis on the wood bitterness and cedar. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the slightly charred wood and mustiness. The baking spice is no longer present. The retrohale shows the musty and slightly charred wood as well. At an inch in, the wood begins to show a young/green note. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

The final third is simply identical to that of the rest of the cigar. Notes of hay, pepper, nuts and cedar. Medium in strength and body.

Final Third

Mild chocolate carries the profile into the final third. Each puff finishes with hay and cedar, and mild pepper on the retrohale. As the cigar settles in, post draw cedar begins to dominate the palate along with strong tannins and earth.

Final Third

No changes to note within the final third. The profile is still medium strength and bodied with namely wood bitterness, cedar upfront, followed by baking spices and light toast/bread.

Burn

The cigar went out once in each the second and final thirds and required re-lights. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn on the cigar was great. There was an even burn line from start to finish and with that a solid light charcoal colored ash that held on firmly from start to finish. Smoked cool and gave off a nice bit of smoke.

Burn

The first third has an even burn line with up to a two inch ash. In the middle and final thirds, burn continues exceptionally straight, with the ash dropping at 1/4″ intervals.

Burn

Burn performance was perfect. Straight burn, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Draw

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

Overall

The Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade Toro is a well done Connecticut shade cigar. It’s a very traditional profile with lower strength and a hay/light wood profile that doesn’t get bitter or grassy. The price point is quite attractive and for those that prefer this type of profile could easily be a daily smoker. I would have no problem smoking more of these and would easily recommend it to those that appreciate cigars like this. The flavor is quite full without an overpowering strength to match. If you’re a Connecticut shade fan, it would be worth your time to track these down.

Draw

The draw was a little loose in my opinion, not to my liking, and I felt it produced a fast smoking experience. I really had to take my time on the cigar for it to smoke at a slower level.

Overall

The Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade Toro was a major disappointment as a cigar and really a shame for the Indian Motorcycle brand. I have always had great success with Indian Motorcycle offerings, Debonaire offerings as well, but this just did not deliver. From my understanding, this is not just a personal experience and failure, but consistently disappointing amongst those who have smoked it. It lacked in flavors, transitioning and depth, and it is unfair to say this is a “grandfather style Connecticut.” That does not justify its poor experience. On top of that, the bands were applied poorly, cigar glue everywhere and I had additional tobacco hidden beneath the main band. I also don’t think this cigar is actually a 52 ring gauge. Definitely not a cigar I would come back to or recommend, and I don’t see this being successful in Canada before it attempts to crawls its way back to life in the U.S.A.

Draw

The draw is absolutely perfect, right in the ideal zone of resistance.

Overall

The Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade Toro has impeccable construction, with a flavor profile I’d describe as pretty paint by numbers Connecticut Shade. Ultimately, I found the experience to be average with the flavor combinations never elevating above other Connecticut Shade offerings, and becoming tannic and harsh on the palate in the final third.

Draw

The draw was also perfect, giving me the ideal air flow.

Overall

The smoking experience was overall an average experience. The Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade Toro was able to hit all the proper notes of a quality Connecticut Shade cigar but the balance and intensity of flavors were off. For instance, the cigar could have used more sweetness, cream and less of the over-cast of wood bitterness. I personally would not put this on the top of my list of tries.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.62

Cost/Point

$1.28

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

3.78

Cost/Point

$2.23

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$1.56

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.47

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