Team Cigar Review: United Cigar El Tallo

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Cigar Details: United Cigar El Tallo

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Sumatra
  • Filler: Stems from various tobaccos
  • Factory: Tabacalera Magia Cubana
  • Blender: Jose Dominguez
  • Price: $2.95
  • Release Date: April 2019
  • Source:  United Cigar

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the United Cigar El Tallo goes from light brown with a greenish tinge at the foot up to medium brown at the head with marbling throughout. The foot is covered with excess wrapper. There are a couple of prominent veins present and the seams are easily visible as they are raised. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. There is no band. The aromas from the cigar are quite unique. The wrapper gives me the wintergreen (pink) Necco Wafer note while the foot gives the aroma of the Valentine’s Day heart candies. Both have the underlying chalkiness of the actual candy. The pre-light draw brings another unique note which is very floral and reminds me of rose petals. There is also a mild spiciness present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The United Cigar El Tallo is marbled brown in appearance, there are some veins and noticeable tooth present on the wrapper. It is slightly firm with some give throughout and I would classify the cigar as being Colorado in coloring. I am getting an aroma of white pepper, cookies and cream from the cigar.

Pre-light Experience

The United Cigar El Tallo is unbanded, but includes cellophane. The wrapper is rustic looking with some visible veins protruding and general lumpiness. The cigar features a closed foot. I’d describe the color of the wrapper as approximately one shade darker than Habano. Nosing the cigar the wrapper has aromas of faint Hubba Bubba gum and earth. I have to verify several times but the aroma is assuredly gum. I’m not able to get anything different from the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The United Cigar El Tallo has a Colorado Red wrapper shade with traces of darker brown lines throughout. Construction looks pretty solid as veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and slightly lumpy, head finished off with a deep single wrapped cap. Aromas from the wrapper give Pinesol, flowers and cedar. Aromas from the foot give a mixture of black pepper and perfume. Cold draw tells flowery perfume and vanilla ice cream (what?).

First Third

The cigar begins with a combination of that rose floral note, mustiness and light cinnamon. At a quarter inch in, a chalkiness joins the profile and rests on my tongue with a long finish. At an inch in, the profile consists of the floral rose note, chalky mustiness and a very mild cinnamon. The retrohale provides a lighter version of the same profile. At an inch and a half, the chalkiness begins to lighten. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

First third starts off by delivering some Asian spice like qualities, touch of white pepper and with that is some sour fruit and oak. Strength thus far has been around medium and the same goes for body.

First Third

The cigar opens with sweetness and trailing leather that leads into the post draw. There is a significantly delayed black pepper that lingers at the back of my throat. The sweetness has some chlorophyll and nutty accent notes. As the cigar settles in it takes on almost an English pipe tobacco flavor and aroma. At this point I’d describe the profile as a woody, musty, English tobacco profile. At the midway point, there is an artificial nature to the sweetness which seems to stand out on the mid palate profile. The pepper has faded at this point, with hay joining the post draw. A toasted or burned earthiness starts to define the post draw. The retrohale is sweet hay.

First Third

The first third has overall soft and easy going flavors. Notes of roasted nuts, bread, vanilla and cream. Retrohaling has some wood bitterness and cedar. The finish is pretty short with a lingering bread/toast. Strength is medium-full, body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the chalkiness has built back up with the mustiness and now has the lead in the profile as the floral rose note is in the background. The cinnamon is no longer detectable. At a half inch in, a light mintiness joins the profile. The retrohale just carries the chalkiness and mustiness. The mintiness has dropped out at the inch and a quarter mark. As the third comes to a close, the chalkiness/mustiness remains up front with the floral rose note pretty faint in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding some continuation from the first third. Notes of sour fruit, soft spices, oak and some sweet cookie qualities. Like before, the cigar is medium in body and strength.

Second Third

The sweetness has all but left the cigar by the time it transitions to the middle third. The profile eventually settles into a hay and dry wood combination, with some mild chocolate and sweetness at the halfway point.

Second Third

The second third is starting to have more of that wood bitterness now seeping through mouth draws, retrohale and finish. But the other flavors are still the same, with soft notes of roasted nuts, bread, vanilla and cream. Strength and body is unchanged at medium plus and medium, respectively.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the chalkiness and mustiness as the floral rose note is no longer detectable. At a half inch in, a slight mintiness rejoins the profile. The retrohale is primarily mustiness with a very light chalky note. As the cigar comes to a close, it begins to heat up which increases the mintiness to go along with the chalkiness and mustiness. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers some oak, Asian spice, white pepper and sour fruit notes. Very similar to the first third and like the first third, not that enjoyable. Medium in strength and body.

Final Third

The flavor profile is defined by sweet hay heading into the last third, with bitterness in the mid palate. As the final third settles in, the bitterness begins to overpower the sweetness and other flavors.

Final Third

The last third has a new flavor added to the profile: a construction paper/burning paper note. Other than that, no changes to the profile. Medium-full strength, medium body, with flavors of wood bitterness, bread, nuts, vanilla and cream.

Burn

The burn was straight the entire way. The ash held on through each third.

Burn

For the most part, the burn line on the cigar was good from start to finish. There were points where it was just below good and sometimes just above, but overall good. The cigar produced a fairly firm ash that was light gray in coloring.

Burn

The El Tallo has a slightly uneven first third, eventually resulting in a canoe that requires a touch-up. The burn becomes uneven in the middle and requires another touch-up. The burn is uneven in the last third but self corrects.

Burn

The burn was perfect with a cool burn, tight ashes, even burn.

Draw

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

Overall

The pre-light aromas were quite unique and the flavor profile continued that on. The floral rose note and chalkiness combination isn’t something I’ve experienced before. The first third was nice with the rose,chalkiness/mustiness and cinnamon.Once the cinnamon dropped out, the profile took a step down for me, but it was still fairly interesting. The concept of the United Cigar El Tallo using all stems is interesting and the smoking experience it provided was different than most everything I’ve smoked before. While this cigar isn’t something I’d revisit often, it is something that I would look to on occasion. The price point is quite nice and if you find the flavor profile something that you really enjoy, then it would be a cigar you could go quite deep on. I would say it’s a cigar definitely worth your while in trying, if not for just the experience.

Draw

The draw on the cigar was inconsistent. At times it was very snug and at other moments very loose. Far from enjoyable.

Overall

The United Cigar El Tallo is a cigar that rides the fine line between creativity and a terrible idea. To be honest, one should obviously not expect these to be truly creative or game changing with the price tag being around $3.00, but there are some stupid people out there. If it worked, it would have been done in the past. If it was good, it wouldn’t be $3.00. Some may not wish to criticize innovation, but I have no problem speaking my mind. If the goal of this was to show the importance or positivity of stems in a cigar, it was a complete failure. One could say that the result was the complete opposite and that consumers should proclaim that all filler tobacco be free of stems. For those of you who have smoked these or ordered some to smoke, I am sorry.

Draw

The draw is roughly 1/2 to 1 notch towards resistant but still in the ideal zone.

Overall

The profile on the United Cigar El Tallo is unbalanced in the first third, bitter in the last third, and average in the middle third. Overall, I found the blend profile was unbalanced and lacked complexity. The overall strength profile never moved above medium. I think if you factor in the cost of these cigars, these are certainly going to have broad appeal to budget oriented smokers.

Draw

The draw was also perfect providing the ideal air flow.

Overall

There really isn’t anything to entirely like or dislike about the United Cigar El Tallo. It’s basically a lot of mediocrity going on. The concept is very unique, but given that I ultimately care about the delivery of flavor, this was average/lacking. This was especially evident with the unwanted notes of construction paper/burning paper along with the softer (wanted) roasted nuts, bread, vanilla and cream.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$0.48

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

3.15

Cost/Point

$0.94

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John McTavish

SCORE

4.58

Cost/Point

$0.64

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$0.55

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