May 25, 2013

Saint Luis Rey Gen2 Toro (6 x 54)

Video review HERE.

Altadis has revamped their blend of the Saint Luis Rey and debuted the new Gen2. This cigar is fuller bodied than the original blend. The cigar consists of:

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran

In an interview with Cigar Aficionado executive editor Gordon Mott, Altadis U.S.A.'s general manager Javier Estades said of the new line, "This is a fuller-bodied Saint Luis Rey. The traditional Saint Luis Rey was medium bodied, so this newer Saint Luis Rey is a completely different blend, but has the same identity to play off those same sweet spots."

The Gen2 comes  in three sizes: Robusto at 4 1/2 inches by 54 ring, Toro at 6 by 54 and Titan at 6 by 60. They all come in boxes of 21, and will range in price from $5.75 to $6.75 per cigar.

The cigar has nice density and feels weighty in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good, just shy of effortless. The initial flavors were a sweet cedar and orange citrus in about a 50/50 split. The pepper is rated at a 6 and it's black pepper. There is a touch of cream in the cedar/citrus combination. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.

At the 1 inch point the flavors are about the same with the addition of leather notes at the base of the main flavors. The cedar/citrus combination is light but sweet. The finish is one of cream with a touch of lingering pepper. The cigar is still medium bodied but shows signs of moving further.

A couple inches in the citrus notes have changed to nutmeg. The cedar and leather are still about the same. The finish is now cream with some oak notes. The cigar is close to medium to full bodied now. The cigar is burning very evenly; not perfect but evenly.

About 2/3 the way in the sweet cedar is still prominent, with light nutmeg, light leather and some charred oak notes. The finish is one of cream and oak with hints of charred flavor. The cigar is medium to full bodied. As you can see I have removed the lower band.

The cigar ended much the same as it was in the last segment. This cigar lacked richness. The flavors stayed fairly consistent. Overall, the cigar didn't seem to hit on all cylinders for me but it was good. You certainly can't beat the price point. It is definitely worth trying and these should be on shelves now.

Score: 88

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