Team Cigar Review: Tabak Especial Dulce Gordito

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Cigar Details: Tabak Especial Dulce Gordito

  • Vitola: Double Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 60
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $10.29
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Source: Drew Estate

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Tabak Especial Dulce Gordito is medium tan and has some knotty veins of various sizes. The seams are smooth but easily visible due to some color variation of the wrapper. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap while the ragged foot has the wrapper stopping short about half an inch and exposing the binder. There are two bands with the primary being brown, black and bronze and denoting the company and line name. The foot band carries the same color combination and denotes the variant of the line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cotton candy and creamy coffee. The foot brings heavily sweetened creamy coffee. The pre-light draw brings the heavily sweetened creamy coffee along with additional sweetness and light spiciness on my lips from the cap.

Pre-light Experience

The Tabak Especial Dulce Gordito exhibits strong aromas of cappuccino or heavily creamed coffee when I pull it from the cellophane. The wrapper has a rustic appearance with an unfinished foot. The cigar is doubled banded with a Dulce foot band. When I nose the cigar, I get a cloyingly sweet vanilla and coffee from the wrapper. From the foot, there is more tobacco aromas with stewed plum, that gives way to vanilla and coffee.

Pre-light Experience

The Tabak Especial Dulce Gordito is a girthy cigar sporting a Colorado Claro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a multi-layered cap. Aromas from the wrapper give mocha, créme brûlée and vanilla extract. Aromas from the foot tell the same but with a slight black pepper influence. Cold draw tells Sweet and Low sweetener, hay and chocolate covered cherries.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, sweetened creamy coffee and additional sweetness from the cap. At a half inch in, there’s a nice balance between the wood and coffee while the sweetness from the cap isn’t as sweet or I’m getting used to it. The retrohale is wood with a light mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the sweet, creamy coffee is lightening up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the wood is up front with the sweet, creamy coffee in the background and a light sweetness from the cap. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

My initial impressions are what I assume is an artificial sweet flavor from a sweetened cap. That sweetness coats the palate immediately. As the cigar progresses, a clean tobacco finishes the draw with strong sweetness on the retrohale. The sweetness is overwhelming the post draw profile. Some time later, coffee and cedar start to push through, along with a dry hay on the post draw. Mild post draw spices as it begins to settle in. About 20 minutes in, a light cedar moves into the middle of the flavor profile. By the halfway point, vanilla sweetness has taken up the center of the retrohale. Cedar and hay become the primary flavor drivers in the bottom half.

First Third

Once I get to the portion where the wrapper is burning, the cigar’s profile really starts to show. Flavors of vanilla extract, mocha (minus the sweetness), hay and light cedar. Whenever I wanted some extra sweetness, all I had to do was lick my lips. Retrohaling brings out a unique marzipan note. The finish is pretty short with mainly a soft cedar and chemical-like substance. Strength and body is mild.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood gains a slight char while the sweet, creamy coffee remains in the background and the sweetness from the cap is very subtle. At a half inch in, the char has increased a bit while the sweet, creamy coffee has lightened up some more. There is still a slight lingering sweetness from the cap. The retrohale has the wood and mustiness even. At an inch and a quarter, a light mustiness joins the profile as the creamy coffee is fairly faint now. The third finishes out with lightly charred wood, mustiness and faint sweet, creamy coffee. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

The cedar and hay from the first third carry the profile into the second third. Dry cedar takes up the middle of the flavor profile as it settles in. Some tannins join the post draw as the artificial sweetness from the cap begins to give way. I feel like the flavor profile is exhibiting more of the characteristics of the Connecticut Shade wrapper than in the first third. There is slightly bitter hay and cedar by the halfway point which carries into the post draw, lingering between draws.

Second Third

I’m unsure if it’s because I got used to the sweetness, but the second third seems to be less sweet. There’s still quite a bit of pastry like notes though (vanilla extract, marzipan, mocha). Strength and body continues to be mild.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the profile is slightly charred wood with mustiness right behind and just the faintest creamy coffee in the background. At a half inch in, the char increases and a slight wood bitterness joins the profile. The retrohale is slightly charred and musty wood. The cigar warms up as it wraps up and carries a profile of charred and bitter wood and mustiness. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

Mild sweetness and cedar moving into the last third. Cedar is up to medium or even medium plus in the middle of the flavor profile. By 10-15 minutes in, some bitter, earthy components at the end of the draw. Some time later, the bitterness falls off, leaving light plus earth on the post draw.

Final Third

Final third continues to shift away from the sweetness. There’s also less of the pastry like notes as well. These are replaced by some subtle influences in baking spices. Strength and body finishes mild.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy throughout and required a touch-up at one point to keep things burning together. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

Overall, the burn was very good. The burn line was fairly even throughout, with ash holding on to 2 inches at times. The burn is uneven in the last third, requiring a single touch-up.

Burn

Perfect burn. Even burn, solid ash marks, cool burn and ample smoke production.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with wood, sweetened creamy coffee and additional sweetness from the cap. The creamy coffee faded back as the third went along. The second third gained some char and mustiness while the sweetness from the cap left and the creamy coffee kept fading back. The final third saw the char increase and some wood bitterness join. The creamy coffee dropped out as well. Construction was pretty good and strength built from mild-medium up to medium. The Tabak Especial Dulce Gordito had a fairly average profile, but the sweetness was nice and not over the top. As the creamy coffee kept fading back and the char and bitterness joined in, the enjoyment level waned. I enjoy a coffee infused cigar from time to time and this is one of the better ones out there. While I don’t prefer a ring gauge this large due to the mouthfeel, that doesn’t detract from the score. I’d come back to this cigar, likely in a smaller ring gauge as it’s a nice change of pace. For those that enjoy coffee and aren’t put off by such flavors or added sweetness in a cigar, it’s worth checking out.

Draw

The draw was quite resistant, 3-1/2 to 4 notches. Normally this would rate the draw an average, however in this case it’s been my experience that a tighter draw is preferable on larger ring gauge cigars. Too often large ring gauge cigars have a loose draw resulting in a quick and hot burn which impacts the flavor profile.

Overall

The Tabak Especial Dulce Gordito was enjoyable, with the first third exhibiting most of the complexities of the non-traditional coffee and cream flavors. The second and last third exhibited more of the traits of a traditional Connecticut Shade blend. I have certainly smoked my fair share of various vitolas of Tabak Especial Dulce, and I have to say I prefer them in a Robusto or Corona size where the flavor complexity really shines. The Gordito is going to be a good choice for someone looking for a significantly longer smoking time. My total smoking time was 2 hours and 53 minutes.

Draw

Perfect draw as well, giving the best possible air flow.

Overall

It’s been a while since I had an infused cigar. The pre-light experience of the Tabak Especial Dulce Gordito was a lot of fun and intriguing, giving me aromas of mocha, créme brûlée, vanilla extract and chocolate covered cherries. But on the palate, it was less intense in flavors, especially as the cigar smoked through. The pastry-like notes were great, but I wish it held up in greater intensity throughout. I think a smaller ring gauge with a greater wrapper influence will be a better fit for me.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.20

Cost/Point

$1.98

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$1.76

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.79

Scoring System

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