November 23, 2013

Ora Vivo Armand Assante Toro (6x56)

Video view HERE.
This cigar is a collaboration between Victor Vitale of Legacy Brands, Gary Macchione of Boutique Cigar Brands, and film actor Armand Assante. The cigar carries the name of Armand Assante.
This is an all Nicaraguan cigar.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
The wrapper is a dark brown and very oily. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand. It has a nice density.
The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm. The initial flavors were earth, roasted nuts, and a touch of a low grade cedar flavor. The overwhelming flavors are earth and nut.
About an inch in the flavors have settled down to just about the same thing as the initial assessment. The pepper is around a 7. The finish is a nutty cream with a touch of lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied and burning evenly.

At the band the nuttiness is subdued just a touch. The earthiness is still predominant and the slight sweetness of cedar that I originally reported is now what I would call a natural, rich tobacco flavor. The finish and strength are about the same.

The cigar ended with the nuttiness decreased a bit but they were still around. The earth and tobacco flavor was still about the same. The pepper ended at a 7. The cigar was medium bodied throughout. The finish was unchanged. This cigar is an example of rich tobacco flavor along with a lot of earth tones. This cigar was not "my thing" but those of you who want earthy cigars with tobacco notes should try it. It's been quite awhile since I've smoked a cigar that had so much rich tobacco flavor but this one has it.

Score: 87

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