Team Cigar Review: Villiger Cuellar Black Forest Toro Gordo

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Cigar Details: Villiger Cuellar Black Forest Toro Gordo

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Palma
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $8.00
  • Release Date: November 2019
  • Source: Villiger

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The rectangle press of the Villiger Cuellar Black Forest Toro Gordo has a wrapper that is milk chocolate brown with some darker marbling. There are some slightly raised veins throughout and the smooth seams are well hidden with the color variation of the wrapper. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. There are two bands with the primary being the traditional design for the parent line but in a silver on black combination. The secondary band is silver on green and denotes the line variation. The aroma from the wrapper is a really nice mixture of stewed fruit and spiciness. The foot brings wood and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw is very subtle, with light wood, stone fruit sweetness along with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Villiger Cuellar Black Forest Toro Gordo is great in hand and has a nice press. The bands really pop off the dark wrapper and it has this espresso bean coloring to it, solid maduro. There are veins present throughout and the wrapper has a rough texture. I am getting aromas of rich earth, strong tobacco, Mexican Hot Chocolate and wood on the foot and wrapper.

Pre-light Experience

The Villiger Cuellar Black Forest Toro Gordo has a double banded design with a band style of silver on black. The secondary band indicates “Black Forest”. The wrapper exhibits aromas of light baking spices and aged cedar. Sweet hay aromas are present in the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Villiger Cuellar Black Forest Toro Gordo has a Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. The squared off cigar’s construction looks and feels good as it has a uniformed give, tight seams, well pressed veins and well adhered cap. Aromas from the wrapper give pipe tobacco, cedar and herbal tea. Aromas from the foot tell sweet cedar, hay and roasted nuts. Cold draw gives dried stone fruits and aged cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood and earth that are slightly dry and a light baking spice. At a half inch in, the wood and earth are nicely intertwined as the baking spice is still a supporting note. At three quarters of an inch in, a light mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale is musty wood and earth. At an inch and a quarter, the wood gains a toasted note. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted and musty wood, slight dry earth and light baking spice. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering notes of Mexican Hot Chocolate, rich earth, chocolate cake and red pepper. I am getting some subtle tobacco notes with that and it is full in body and flavors. The strength I would classify as medium-full. A great start to the cigar, really grabs your attention and at the same time very filling.

First Third

The first third opens with sweet cocoa and baking spices, finishing with dry wood all at a light plus strength level. Some minerality settles into the middle of the profile almost immediately. The post draw has light lingering pepper and baking spices. Sour cedar joins the post draw minutes later at light plus. Sweet and sour cedar move into the mid palate, with sweet citrus on the retrohale at the 15 minute mark. Light post draw earthiness is lingering on my palate by the time the first third settles in.

First Third

The first third opens with distinct notes of sweet cedar, red pepper spice and barnyard funk. Past the initial half inch or so, a brightness in cherry forms, which offsets the earthiness in minerals quite well. Retrohaling gives way to a nuttier experience along with a spicier and sweeter delivery. Finish is a bit lackluster with a hit of red pepper spice and charred nuts. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, some cocoa powder becomes noticeable. At a half inch in, the cocoa powder and baking spice have left and the wood has become quite light as the earth and mustiness are up front. At three quarters of an inch, some chalkiness joins the profile. The retrohale is chalky and musty wood. At an inch in, the wood comes back to mix with the chalkiness and mustiness as the earth is now in the background. At an inch and a half, the wood becomes a bit dark. As the third comes to a close, the profile is now chalky and slightly charred wood and mustiness. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some transitioning and I am get some coffee, cream and coconut shaving notes on top of that Mexican Hot Chocolate base. There are some red and black pepper notes, and the finish is of dry earth. Like before, the cigar is full in body and flavors while the strength is around a medium-full level. Fantastic second third and a great follow up to the first third.

Second Third

Sweet earth leads the profile moving into the second third. Citrus cedar defines the middle of the profile with intense medium to medium plus cedar on the post draw. As the cigar progresses, mild cocoa joins the citrus cedar middle. Once the cigar has established itself, cedar is the primary flavor present through the second third.

Second Third

Second third shifts focus to a less sweeter and creamier profile, but a more earth and spice profile. The red pepper spice has a more aggressive character, paired with a nice barnyard funk. Strength is reaching towards medium plus and body maintains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the chalkiness and mustiness have a slight lead over the charred wood. At a half inch in, the charred wood is now even with the mustiness and chalkiness. At three quarters of an inch in, the char moves slightly behind the chalkiness and mustiness. The retrohale is now just musty chalkiness. At an inch in, the wood loses the char and regains the toasted note as it comes to the front of the profile. At an inch and a quarter, the cigar begins to warm up which brings some mintiness to the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the profile is musty and toasted wood with a light chalkiness. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third is right in line with the second third in flavors, body and strength. There hasn’t been much fluctuation in that department. In terms of flavors delivered, that is similar to the second third as well. I am getting that Mexican Hot Chocolate, cream, coffee, coconut shavings, red and black pepper and dry earth. A lovely and long finish to the cigar.

Final Third

Slightly sour cedar with a drying component on the palate moving into the last third. There is lingering cedar on the post draw at medium plus. As the cigar settles in, post draw earthiness with a toasted quality joins. Mild cocoa again moves into the middle of the profile. By the halfway point, intense earthiness takes over the profile at medium plus strength.

Final Third

In terms of flavor profile, no changes within the final third. Still digging the red pepper spice and barnyard funk forward flavors with a subtle creamy baseline. The only thing that changes is the strength ramping to medium plus (body finishing the same medium).

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn throughout the Black Forest was solid from start to finish. A slightly wavy portion in the second third, but the first and final third smoked great.

Burn

The cigar has a straight burn through the smoking experience, with bright white ash holding on in 1-1/2 inch increments.

Burn

Aside from an uneven burn and flaky ashes, the burn was very good. The most important aspect was not needing the lighter past the initial light.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with wood, earth and baking spice. Some mustiness joined in and then the earth went away as some chalkiness joined in and paired up with the mustiness. The chalky/musty combination and wood jockeyed for position and the final third saw a toasty note join the wood. Construction was very good and strength was around medium the whole way. The Villiger Cuellar Black Forest Toro Gordo started out with a nice profile, but by the second third, the chalky/musty combination had too much influence and knocked the enjoyment down some. This was interesting to smoke as it’s a bit darker of a profile from what I’m used to from Villiger. I wish the profile from the first third had lasted longer. I’d be interested in smoking a different vitola to see what the profile is like, but for this one, probably not something I see myself returning to anytime soon.

Draw

The draw was fantastic from start to finish.

Overall

The Villiger Cuellar Black Forest Toro Gordo is a fantastic cigar and one of the best I have smoked from Villiger in a while. They really got a great blend out of Tabacalera Palma and what a nice Mexican San Andres offering. It was full in body and flavors with a nice balance in strength. The Mexican Hot Chocolate flavors delivered throughout were great and the coffee, cream and coconut shaving notes in the second third really added a lot to the cigar. With that, you had excellent construction and you could not ask for more out of a cigar. This is definitely a maduro I will come back to down the road and one I would highly recommend. If Villiger had been at IPCPR 2019 and released this cigar, it would have gotten a lot more buzz and done really well for the company. I also appreciate the history connection with the Black Forest. As a descendant of the German tribes, I love it.

Draw

The draw had roughly 1-1/2 notches of resistance to it, still very good.

Overall

The Villiger Cuellar Black Forest Toro Gordo was a very soft smoking experience from start to finish, and the flavors that were present never found a way to work together in balance. By the end, I was left with an average flavor experience overall. At various points there was cocoa, baking spices, cedar, pepper, sour cedar, sweet citrus and earthiness. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Draw

The draw on the other hand was perfect. The best air flow one can ask for.

Overall

For the fourth year in a row, Villiger has yet another new cigar hit. What’s noteworthy about the Villiger Cuellar Black Forest Toro Gordo is it doesn’t remind me of the previous releases. Having an identity of it’s own with an initial profile of distinct sweet cedar, red pepper spice and barnyard funk. Then, the profile transitions to more aggressive red pepper spice, barnyard funk and cream. All of this was wrapped up in a well timed progression of strength that is never overbearing. I’ll be back to smoke more of these.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.33

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.78

Cost/Point

$1.03

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$1.43

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

7.07

Cost/Point

$1.13

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