JC Newman

February 15, 2014

House of Burgess Connecticut Toro (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

This is a brand new cigar to me and probably most of you. Here is the background on House of Burgess Cigars from their website:

 House of Burgess Cigars derives its name from the first freely elected House Of Representatives the world has ever known. Established in 1619, the Virginia House of Burgesses was the first established form of government in world history, where common men could hold political office and be elected by the people of it's region. In the same manner, House of Burgess Cigars strives to provide premium cigar brands for the everyday man, who enjoys the freedom and pleasures of smoking fine cigars. 

Established in 2012, brand owners, Joe Baker and Silvio Palomino have a combined twenty-eight years of knowledge in the cigar industry. Silvio has a history of two generations behind him in cultivating and rolling cigars in his family factory, based out of the Dominican Republic. Silvio has been selling, importing, and working in the cigar industry since 1990. Joe is an entrepreneur who has several companies under his belt; He is a life-long cigar smoker who for the past sixteen years has enjoyed exploring all that cigars have to offer. Most recently, he is the former publisher of, Cigars In Review Magazine, which was sold in 2011 to form House of Burgess Cigars Ltd. 

Wrapper: U.S. Connecticut
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

This is the Connecticut version of their cigars. They also have a maduro and a corojo.

The cigar has a nice weight in the hand and is very well made. Here is a shot of the foot.

After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a very sweet cedar with cream notes, dry toast, roasted nuts, and coffee. The pepper is a white pepper and I rate it at a 6 1/2 in intensity. The finish has a lot of influence from dry toast and roasted nuts with sweet cream and some lingering pepper. The cigar comes across as mild to medium at this point.

One inch in the flavors have jockied around a little. There is still the nice, sweet cedar with some richness and a cream backing. There are also dry toast, coffee, and the roasted nuts  have decreased a little. There is also a flavor of graham crackers. The finish is now more of a sweet cream with some roasted nut influence. The lingering white pepper is nice. The cigar is still mild to medium bodied. The ash is very tight and sturdy. It is also very light in color.

At the midpoint and the cigar is consistent. You've heard of people say a cigar is consistent and this is a good example. Nothing has changed from the last segment until now. The cigar is still mild to medium. The lead flavor is still a sweet, rich cedar with light cream. All the notes are the same as before. Very tasty. Smoke Connecticut cigars slowly to get the best flavor.

The cigar ended at 1 hour 40 minutes. It's always nice to find a new cigar that turns out to be a great cigar. I am happy to say this is just that cigar. Although it is not powerful it is very flavorful. It ended up medium bodied. All the previous described flavor notes are still in play and in pretty much the same amounts. This has been a very consistent cigar. I very much enjoyed this cigar and it's tasty flavors. Seek these out and try them for yourself. Very good cigar.

Score: 93

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