Team Cigar Review: Powstanie Connecticut Toro

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Cigar Details: Powstanie Connecticut Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño
  • Blender: Mike Szcepankiewicz
  • Price: $12.00
  • Release Date: August 2023
  • Source: Cigar Hustler

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Powstanie Connecticut Toro is dark tan with some lightly raised veins. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. There are two bands, both in a black, gold and white color combination, giving me a Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers vibe. The primary carries the brand logo while the secondary denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is hay and light earth while the foot brings sweet cedar and earth. The pre-light draw brings a mix of cedar, hay and faint floral note.
Seth: The wrapper on the Powstanie Connecticut Toro seems wavy and stretched in parts, but it could also be from the binder leaf. Slight give in feel. Small veins throughout. Natural wrapper in appearance. Bits of Claro and Colorado. Aromas of rich earth, spices, cream and tobacco.
John: The Powstanie Connecticut Toro comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. There are two bands, with the P of the Powstanie primary band, and Conencticut as a thinner secondary band. I weighed the cigar at 16.0 grams, and the humidity as measured by a HumidiMeter Pro was 58.6%. Aromas from the wrapper were mild bread and wood with some subtle vegetal notes underneath. Similar aromatics were present from the foot, along with sweetness.
Jiunn: The Powstanie Connecticut Toro has a golden brown wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of sweet hay and cedar. Aromas from the foot give assertive black pepper spice and cedar. Cold draws reveal dusty cedar shavings and hay.

Powstanie Connecticut Toro

Powstanie Connecticut Toro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, earth and mild baking spice. At a quarter inch in, a light creaminess pairs up with the earth. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch in, the baking spice transitions to black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth that has a lightly creamy accent, with black pepper a bit further behind. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some earth and faint coffee notes. It is paired with some cedar, hay and cream, followed by this pepper spice and tobacco. Medium in strength and body. Classic Connecticut profile.
John: Sweet, creamy tobacco greets me in the first few puffs, with bread in the middle and a mild, dry wood and medium pepper spice giving way to red pepper flake on the post draw. A peanut like savory umami center develops as the cigar settles in, with chocolate moving into the retrohale at light plus. Mild, dry hay joins the finish as it progresses, with the spice moving down to light-plus. Umami moves down to medium-minus on the post draw between each puff.
Jiunn: The first third shows a layered flavor approach. Flavors consist of baking spices, leather tannins and roasted nuts. Retrohaling brings a tasty mixture of dried red pepper spice and sweet roasted nuts. The finish shows leather tannins and cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Powstanie Connecticut Toro

Powstanie Connecticut Toro

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the creaminess has departed. At a half inch in, the black pepper picks up a bit. The retrohale now has a black pepper with a decent level of zing to my nostrils. At an inch and a half in, the earth is now even with the toasted cedar up front. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the black pepper a bit behind. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is fairly in line with the first. Some present pepper spice up front that is paired with the cedar and hay notes. Tobacco as well. Bits of earth, cream and coffee present throughout and on the finish. Again, medium in strength and body.
John: The second third continues with the umami from the first third and some sweetness, as dry hay finishes. Some vegetal and wood lingers on the post draw between puffs as it continues. Mild chocolate returns to the retrohale roughly 10 minutes into the second third. The chocolate is holding at light-plus by the halfway point, mixing with wood.
Jiunn: The second third mirrors the first third such that it’s still baking spice and leather tannins first, followed by the softer side of roasted nuts. Strength and body remains medium.

Powstanie Connecticut Toro

Powstanie Connecticut Toro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level increases a bit. The retrohale now has the black pepper down to a light zinginess. At an inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit while the toast level becomes pretty heavy. As the cigar wraps up, the heavily toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the black pepper a bit behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third was identical to that of the second third. Little bit of increase in mineral, earth and pepper spice on the finish. Still medium in strength and body.
John: Wood, hay and sweet tobacco take the cigar into the last third. Mild chocolate is still present on the retrohale. The post draw is defined by mild, dry wood. The profile remains consistent to the halfway point, and there are no further flavor change ups to remark on for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: The final third doesn’t show enough of the softer flavors and becomes a bit too dominant in baking spice and leather tannins. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Powstanie Connecticut Toro

Powstanie Connecticut Toro

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was straight through the first half and then became a bit wavy in the second half. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Solid burn throughout.
John: The burn was straight through the review and required no intervention.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Powstanie Connecticut Toro

Powstanie Connecticut Toro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Very nice draw.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2 to 2-1/2 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, earth and mild baking spice. A light creaminess paired up with the earth fairly quickly. The baking spice transitioned to black pepper halfway through the third. The second third saw the creaminess depart. The final third saw the toast level become pretty heavy. The Powstanie Connecticut Toro had a nice start, with a well balanced profile. As the creaminess dropped out in the second third, the profile dropped a level and remained that way through the remainder of the cigar. An OK Connecticut shade offering, but nothing that really intrigues me to want to come back to it with any real frequency.
Seth: This Powstanie Connecticut Toro was an average Connecticut. A little bit more peppery than I care for and most Connecticut offerings, but a solid smoke. I prefer the Intemperance EC, I think there is more complexity, but this has more pepper if that is what you are into. Not overly strong though. A decent Connecticut offering, but not overly complex or even appealing with increased strength, body and pepper notes.
John: There are a lot of Connecticut Shade offerings on the market, but the Powstanie Connecticut Toro did enough in the first and second thirds to rise above other options on the market. The flavors delivered still painted in the lines of traditional flavors while bringing some unique combinations that kept me interested. The burn was perfect, while the draw had some resistance to it. The Powstanie Connecticut Toro is a significant departure from the typical flavor profile you get out of Powstanie offerings, and I think it will be something that will be worked into my personal smoking rotation. Total smoking time was quite good at 2 hours and 12 minutes.
Jiunn: This Powstanie Connecticut Toro is a nice showing of Connecticut Shade. I enjoyed the profile being more spice and tannins driven first and then followed by the softer side of sweet and creamy roasted mixed nuts. Great, especially for a kick starter of the day, or breakfast.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.00

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$2.22

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$1.84

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.76

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