November 11, 2017

The T Toro by Matt Booth, A. J. Fernandez, and Robert Caldwell (6 x 52)







Video review HERE.

***Addendum video HERE


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
As the collaboration between Robert Caldwell, AJ Fernandez, and Matt Booth heads to retailer shelves, the project has a new name – “The T”.

Just prior to the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show, Booth announced his return to the cigar industry with a couple of collaborations. The first was Hit & Run, a collaboration with Robert Caldwell produced out of Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic. The second was collaboration that Caldwell and Booth were doing with AJ Fernandez know as “The Truth”.

When the cigars were showcased at the IPCPR, the packaging for “The Truth” saw the name crossed out. This was due to a potential trademark issue.

Now the cigar is simply called “The T”. the cigar is an all Nicaraguan puro available in five box-pressed sizes: 

Short Churchill (5 1/2 x 48)
Robusto (5 x 52)
Toro (6 x 52) REVIEWED TODAY
Lonsdale (6 1/2 x 44)
Toro Grande (6 1/2 x 56)



The cigar is beautiful. Box pressed and slightly oily. It has an average feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good with a minimum amount of firmness. The initial flavors were a sweet orange citrus, brown sugar, a dollop of whipping cream, chocolate, black coffee, and black pepper which I rated at an 8. 




1 1/2 inches in (24 minutes) the whipping cream notes are gone but now there are cinnamon notes to go along with the other flavors. The chocolate notes are not very prominent but they have some sweetness. The black pepper is like peppercorns. It's very strong and intense. The finish is a straight sweet cream with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.




Close to the midpoint (38 minutes) you still have the citrus, some brown sugar, some cinnamon, and now the chocolate has changed to a dark chocolate and it's quite prominent. So is the black coffee which is now a very earthy black coffee. The dark chocolate and earthy coffee are taking away some of the sweetness from the other flavors. There are now some nutmeg notes. The finish is still a cream but it now has some nutmeg notes also. 




With about 2 1/2 inches remaining (1 hour 2 minutes) the citrus flavor is now a dry cedar. Quite a change. There are minor amounts of brown sugar and cinnamon notes. The massive nutmeg notes are still taking away some of the sweetness. You still have the dark chocolate and earthy black coffee. The pepper is still pretty good. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is medium to full bodied. 




The cigar lasted 1 hour 18 minutes. About average for a toro. The nutmeg notes kept increasing. Other than that the flavors are about like they were in the previous segment. Actually, I got a touch more sweetness in the final stages but it was no where near the beginning stages of the cigar. The cigar started off great but when the nutmeg notes took over it went a little downhill for me. But, it's a pretty good cigar. When I saw AJ had a  hand in this cigar I was interested. This is a better cigar than the Hit and Run which was more of a hit and miss for me. Look for these on shelves and give it a try.


Score: 91


Addendum:
I re sampled this cigar on the ride home from work on 11/17/17. The flavor notes were drastically different. All the flavors had much more pop! I loved the cigar. It was more like the great cigars AJ is known for. With the addition of just one week in the humidor the cigar went from an ok score of 91 to a fantastic score of 94. Yes, it made that much of a difference.

The cigars I used in the review came from California via USPS. While I know travel can play a part in how the cigar tastes initially I did not expect it to have this much influence on the review. Unless you get this cigar from a shop where they have been in a humidor for at least a week to 10 days you should let them rest. 1-2 weeks rest make all the difference in the flavors in this cigar.

REVISED SCORE: 94

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