Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

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Cigar Details: Toscano Nobile

  • Vitola: Cheroot
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 40
  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • Wrapper: Italian Kentucky Fired Cured
  • Binder: None
  • Filler: Italy and Tennessee
  • Factory: Lucca
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $9.00
  • Release Date: June 2021
  • 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 Toscano Nobile is a marbled medium brown and quite bumpy from the veins and tobacco underneath. The seams are pretty smooth for this style of cigar and there is no cap for this style. The band is grey, white and gold and denotes the company and line name. The aroma from the wrapper is a heavy fire cured note with light sweetness and some anise. The foot brings a lighter aroma of the fire cured note. The pre-light draw brings the fire cured note, as expected, with an unexpected bubble gum note.
Seth: The Toscano Nobile looks like absolute crap, but that’s what they look like. I love it. We’re not smoking this because it’s pretty. Lots of veins with an aroma of mesquite barbecue, sweet earth and red wine. There’s this faint manure quality present as well. Wrapper is Colorado in coloring with lots of veins present throughout. Firm in hand.
John: The Toscano Nobile comes in cellophane, and has a UPC sticker high on the cellophane so it doesn’t tear when opened. A minor observation is that the cellophane seems much thinner and of less quality than typically used for cigars. The cigar has a rustic and mildly gnarled look to it that I associate with Toscano and other dry cured cigars. Nosing the wrapper, I’m able to pick up fire cured tobacco, although not overwhelming. I wasn’t able to detect anything distinct from the foot.
Jiunn: The Toscano Nobile looks a bit beat up and rough around the edges. The roll is lumpy, veins are exposed and seams visible. Aromas from the wrapper give no doubt a pungent amount of campfire and old leather shoes. Cold draw gives campfire, leather and sea kelp.

Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with musty, lightly toasted cedar and light smokiness. The retrohale carries a similar profile, just without the mustiness. At an inch in, the toast level increases a bit. At an inch and a half, faint notes of anise appear in random draws. As the third comes to a close, a young wood note joins in with the musty, toasted cedar and light smokiness. The strength in this third was mild-medium.
Seth: The first third begins with this unique sweet spice that is showing bits of cloves. It has a faint mesquite smokiness present as well, and the finish has this fruity and mineral quality. Medium in strength and body.
John: The first third starts out surprisingly subdued, with sweet wood and a creamy wood through the retrohale. Some mild fire cured tobacco comes through at the end of the draw as the first third progresses.
Jiunn: On first draw, I immediately think, wait… where’s the fire cured flavors? I get mainly sweet cream, slightly bitter black tea and leather. No spice until I retrohale. At that point, there’s sharper black pepper. The finish is short, with a soft creaminess and leather. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the young wood note has sort of replaced the toasted cedar. There is still a light mustiness and smokiness. The retrohale is the young, green wood and mustiness. At an inch and a half in, the mustiness increases and the wood reduces the youngness a bit. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty, slightly young wood with light smokiness in the background. The strength has bumped up to slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third delivers a flavor profile with a slight decline from the first third. There are some peppery spice notes present and they are pairing with that mesquite flavor profile that has some fruit qualities as well. Strong mineral finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: The second third consists of more of the same flavor profile; a sweet, creamy wood on the retrohale with a mild cedar finish into the post draw. The fire cured tobacco comes through near the halfway mark, but is still surprisingly restrained. I would say the most intense the fire cured tobacco gets up to is medium.
Jiunn: The second third still has the same sweet cream, slightly bitter black tea and leather, but everything has a tinge of bitterness and harshness to it. Strength and body is unchanged at medium.

Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, a very light mintiness joins the profile. At a half inch in, the musty, slightly young wood is quite full while the smokiness and mintiness are light in the background. The retrohale is now musty, smoky wood. At an inch in, a bit more greenness begins coming from the young wood. The cigar wraps up with musty, young, green wood with light smokiness and mintiness. The strength finished out at slightly below medium.
Seth: The final third delivers a flavor profile of damp wood, fruity qualities, mesquite smokiness and mineral qualities. The finish is quite long on the cigar, and it has this soft pepper tartness. It’s funky. Medium in strength and body.
John: Fire cured, smoky tobacco combines with sweetness and a mild cedar finish here. Some medium strength spices come into the middle of the profile as the last third settles in. Some earthiness takes up the center of the profile by the halfway point.
Jiunn: The final third still shows the same bitterness and harshness. At this point, it’s more prevalent on the finish, drawing it out in all the wrong ways. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

Burn

Aaron: The burn was pretty spot on, which is pretty impressive with the roughness of the wrapper and no binder.
Seth: Burn was fine throughout. Nothing great, but I was not expecting a great burn line.
John: The burn was straight, with a 1-1/2 inch ash at points. No intervention was required through the review.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, cool burning temperature, solid ashes and good smoke production.

Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

Team Cigar Review: Toscano Nobile

Draw

Aaron: The draw was quite tight and a draw tool would provide relief for a bit and then I’d have to take a few more stabs to get it to open up again.
Seth: Draw was a little snug I thought.
John: The draw is fairly resistant, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches on each puff.
Jiunn: The draw was also perfect, giving the ideal air flow.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with musty, lightly toasted cedar and light smokiness. The second third saw a young green wood note replace the toasted cedar and that profile is how the cigar progressed. The Toscano Nobile was a bit different than what I was expecting. I figured to get good amounts of the fire cured smokiness, but it was just a light note in the background. Also, strength started fairly light and built up to just under medium. The tight draw may have put a damper on the flavor delivery, but that’s hard for me to say. Overall, it’s probably not a cigar I’d come back to as the young wood note isn’t really something I find attractive in a cigars flavor profile.
Seth: The Toscano Nobile smoked like a Toscano. They are what you think they are. If I am going to smoke one, or even a handful of them, it would be in the summer and when I am in the country or on the farm. Fun little flavor profile to me, but it is a flavor profile that I get tired with after 15 minutes. Typically medium in body with these sweet, fruity and spicy flavors.
John: The words I would use to describe the Toscano Nobile would be pleasant, restrained and approachable. I’ve smoked Toscano cigars in the past and found the fire cured tobacco to be very intense on my palate, to the point of fatigue. The Nobile on the other hand, managed to combine fire cured tobacco and other flavors in a way where fire cured didn’t dominate the profile. The burn was perfect, while the draw had a fair amount of resistance to it. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 51 minutes.
Jiunn: This is a case where the pre-light aromas did not match the smoking experience. The pre-light aromas showed all the promise of a proper fire cured; abundant campfire and old leather shoes. But the smoking experience showed absolutely none of it. For this reason, the Toscano Nobile was a miss. Toscano, please go back to the blending table and give me fire cured (even to some extent).

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$1.70

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.90

Cost/Point

$1.84

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$1.70

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.57

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