Team Cigar Review: Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

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Cigar Details: Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Factory: NACSA
  • Blender: Mo Maali
  • Price: $15.00
  • Release Date: April 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro has a deep reddish brown to it with some darker marbling. There are some decently raised veins present, with smooth seams and very well applied caps. There are two bands, both with a red and gold color theme. The primary has the company name and logo while the secondary denotes the line. The wrapper The aroma from the wrapper is musty cedar and earth, while the foot brings a mix of cedar and bread. The pre-light draw is just a light and airy cedar along with a very mild spice on my lips.
Seth: The Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro is finished with a beautiful Colorado wrapper that is oily to the touch. Great red clay coloring. Solid throughout. Rich aromas of barnyard and spices. Manure with cocoa and coffee. Beautiful. Small veins throughout and firm in hand. Great looking cigar.
John: The Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information along with an integrated tear space to remain intact when opened. There is a primary Patina band in red on white and gold, along with a secondary band underneath indicating Oro de Nicaragua. I weighed the cigar at 17.0 grams. The humidity, as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro, was 60.9%. For aromas, I was picking up on sweet barnyard and wood. From the foot, I could detect sweet tobacco and hay.

Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, lightly creamy earth and mild black pepper. At a quarter inch in, a light chalkiness joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth with mild black pepper and chalkiness. At an inch in, there is an underlying meatiness to the profile. At an inch and a half in, the creaminess departs from the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front with earth not far behind and some light black pepper and chalkiness in the background. There’s still a bit of an underlying meatiness. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a musty and leather profile. Musk notes. Leather, earth and warm spices. Oak with some coffee as well on the finish. Medium to medium-full in strength. Medium-full body. Lovely start.
John: My initial flavor impressions are sweet baking spices and wood. The retrohale make up is creamy, medium plus strength baking spices which linger through the post draw. As the first third settles in, a medium strength milk chocolate comes into the center of the retrohale profile. Some time later, the chocolate and spices have synched in strength levels, with the spices backing down to medium. By the bottom half, the chocolate and spices have fallen to medium minus.

Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the chalkiness picks up a bit. At a quarter inch in, the black pepper picks up a bit. The retrohale is now just toasted cedar and earth. At an inch in, the black pepper is now very mellow. At an inch and a half in, the toasted cedar and earth are now even up front while the black pepper has departed. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with chalkiness a fair bit behind and some underlying meatiness. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third delivers those damp wood and earth notes. Coffee and cocoa much more present. Barnyard with soft spices and oak. Medium to medium-full in strength. Still medium-full in body.
John: Bread, spices and wood take the cigar into the second third. Wood, and light plus strength spices define the post draw. The profile remains stable until the bottom half, with spices intensifying to medium, almost medium plus, through the finish.

Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the chalkiness is now fairly light in the background. The retrohale remains just toasted cedar and earth. At an inch in, the toast level increases a bit. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and earth remain even up front with some chalkiness in the background and an underlying meatiness. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The final third delivers those damp wood, barnyard and earth notes. Some mineral qualities are present, leather and tobacco as well with that. Lovely finish. Coffee and cocoa as well. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Bread and medium plus spices take the cigar into the last third. Spices and wood join together on the finish and into the post draw. Mild earth is also present on the finish as the cigar settles in. Moving to the halfway point, the profile consists of medium strength spices, sweet tobacco and a spice and earth combination on the finish.

Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout, but never required any attention. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Is the burn perfect on this cigar? No, but what do you expect with this great tobacco flavor profile. Love the tobacco in this blend that threw off the burn.
John: The burn was razor straight through the entire review.

Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was a bit tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: The draw was nice from start to finish. Fluctuated throughout given the blend, but still solid.
John: The draw was perfect, right in the sweet spot between open and resistant.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, lightly creamy earth and mild black pepper. A light chalkiness joined in fairly quickly and and underlying meatiness joined a bit later. The creaminess dropped out near the end of the third. The second third saw the chalkiness increase for a bit and the recede again while the black pepper departed. The final third saw the toast level increase a bit. The Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro had a nice start with a well balanced and nuanced profile. From the second third on, it took a step back as the balance fell off from the pepper departing and the earth increasing. Overall, not a very compelling profile to me and not something I’d really see myself coming back to.
Seth: Patina and NACSA are doing some incredible things, and the blends are not getting the attention that they deserve. The Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro is fantastic, right up there with the Anniversary, and completely different at the same time. This is the way to do it. Great flavor profile on this cigar with the body delivered. The profile really spoke to me as a smoker right now. Fuller in body and strength with complexity and depth throughout. Great stick that I hope many enjoy as much as I did.
John: The Patina Oro de Nicaragua Toro is another solid line release from Patina. The cigar had great flavor combinations that were interesting and kept my attention through the entire review. The profile at times hit medium plus, but for the most part was just over medium strength. The draw and burn were both perfect. As a great follow up to the Patina Maduro release, the Oro de Nicaragua Toro is something I would happily smoke again. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 14 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
GoodPre
Light
Very GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond
Third
GoodSecond
Third
Good
AverageFinal
Third
GoodFinal
Third
Average
Very GoodBurnGoodBurnAmazing
Very GoodDrawGoodDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGoodOverallGood

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$2.56

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.67

Cost/Point

$2.25

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$2.20

Scoring System

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