June 04, 2016

Campesino Toro (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

This cigar is from Tabaqueria 1844. Campesino means "farmer", and was chosen to pay homage to the people of the Dominican Republic that play a huge role in every level of the tobacco process.  Their logo depicts a drawing of a tobacco plant to pay further respect to their heritage.  Lastly, their Factory, Tabaquería 1844, is named after the year in which the Dominican Republic won their independence from Haiti.

The cigar is a dark brown and has a very dense feel in the hand.

The test draw after taking the very minimum from the cap was very good. The initial flavors took 1/2" to get because they were so different. They were cinnamon, white chocolate, and figs. Yes, figs. It's very sweet but the flavor reminds me of fig preserves. If you mix those flavors in your mind that's the flavor I got. The pepper is a white pepper at a 6 1/2 rating; very low grade. The finish is a dry oak with just a touch of lingering white pepper. After this start I'm very curious where it goes from here. 

About 1 1/2 inch in the cigar is settling down and changing. It's now a combination of plum, cinnamon, a touch of butter, and the white pepper has intensified to a 7 1/2. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is sweeter and tastes like honey with a decent amount of lingering white pepper. All around it made positive changes.

At the midpoint there has not been a lot of change but the sweetness is very nice. It's actually a very sweet cigar. I am just now getting any significant amount of black coffee. The sweeter flavors overshadow the coffee but it's there and may intensify later. We'll see. The cigar is still medium bodied but it's leaning toward medium to full. The finish is unchanged. The pepper remains pretty good.

With about 2" remaining the coffee notes are now coming out quite a bit. I'm also getting some brown sugar on the front end which makes the flavor very nice. Sweet, tangy plum, cinnamon, touch of butter, and brown sugar with black coffee. The finish is still one of hone but now there are some brown sugar notes also. The cigar has reached medium to full bodied.

At the end the cigar lost the cinnamon notes but the coffee notes moved upward. The plum and brown sugar notes stayed but they were almost overshadowed by the coffee. The cigar is medium to full bodied and leaned toward full bodied. The pepper remained good and the finish was unchanged. This was a complex cigar. It made big changes and kept me interested. These are on shelves so look for them and give them a try. I enjoyed it.

Score: 92

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