September 16, 2017

Todos Las Dias Toro by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
Todos Las Dias is Steve Saka's Nicaraguan puro line. The cigar is described as limited in production. In a press release announcing the line, Saka explained background on the name and how it ties into the project:

Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning “All the Days.” The workers at Joya de Nicaragua often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. TLD embodies the classic bold flavors that represent the heart of their soil’s peppery tobaccos and the labor of their always working hands. For me, this spicy Nicaraguan puro reflects no pretentious airs or any of that ‘notes of pencil lead with a hint of fennel’ nonsense. It is an honest, hardworking cigar intended to be smoked by men who know what it means to be a cigar smoker and never give a damn about what others think.”

“It is a supple, sungrown Cuban Seed capa which encapsulates its intricate tripa recipe of rich Jalapa and Esteliano tobaccos. From the first puff, there is no doubt of the origin of this cigar or that it is intended solely for the seasoned cigar smoker. What I love about this liga is that it builds; so many stronger blends start off super peppery and robust only to mellow out as you smoke them. Whereas the Todos Las Dias does just the opposite; it begins smooth and then escalates in strength and body, it almost lulls you into false sense of security. It is a much heavier liga than you will have realized until you go to stand up afterwards.”

For the formal launch, Todos Las Dias will be available in four sizes: Half Churchill, Robusto, Toro, and Double Wide Belicoso. Each of the four sizes will be available in ten-count boxes priced from $10.45 to $12.45 per cigar.  The packaging is slightly different from the limited launch from 2016 – most notably the gold coloring on the bands has been replaced by white.

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Joya de Nicaragua SA)

Vitolas Available
Half Churchill: 4 3/4 x 48 (SRP $10.45)
Robusto: 5 x 52 (SRP $11.45)
Toro: 6 x 52 (SRP $12.45) (REVIEWED TODAY)
Double Wide Belicoso: 4 3/4 x 60 (SRP $12.45)

The cigar is very well made and has no visible veins. It is a dark brown in color and has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a nice orange citrus with some vegetable-rooty flavor, cream, a touch of brown sugar and a massive amount of black pepper which I rated at a 9. There is also a touch of black coffee at the base. These are the initial flavors. The cigar has the flavors and "feel" that it will be a full bodied cigar but it's too early to make that call now.

1 1/2 inch in (29 minutes) the citrus notes are matched or almost overwhelmed by the massive amount of black coffee notes. They have really made a surge. The pepper has toned down a touch. The brown sugar is more noticeable. There are still the vegetable notes. The cigar is medium to full bodied and moving up. The finish has a lot of coffee notes also along with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. 

Around the midpoint (47 minutes) the citrus notes are taking on a cedar flavor. There are now unsweetened dark chocolate notes. The brown sugar gives the cigar some sweetness but not the dark chocolate. The pepper remains very good and the black coffee is still very elevated. The finish has a flavor of sweet cedar and dark chocolate with the lingering black pepper. The cigar is full bodied at this point. The cigar is rather dark noted with the dark chocolate and black coffee but it has enough sweetness to balance it out. 

With about 1 1/2 inch remaining (1 hour 10 minutes) the citrus notes are back on the front end. There are still massive amounts of black coffee. There are still unsweetened dark chocolate and brown sugar notes. The vegetable-type flavor is still also around and has been throughout the cigar. The finish is more of a dark chocolate flavor now. The cigar is still full bodied. 

The cigar ended at 1 hour 24 minutes. The flavors were about the same as the last segment. This was a full bodied cigar with nice flavors. I would call it fairly dark noted. The black coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate are quite prominent. The citrus, sometimes cedar, is the initial flavor at draw but the dark notes quickly take over. The brown sugar give the cigar a nice amount of sweetness. This was a good, powerful, flavorful cigar. Get this cigar HERE.

Score: 92

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