August 27, 2016

Caldwell Savages Toro (6 x 54)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
At this year’s 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, Caldwell Cigar Company launched a new line called Savages. Savages is described as a limited edition extension off of the Long Live the King line. It’s a cigar that was only offered to retailers on the first day of the IPCPR Trade Show.

Caldwell Cigar Company hasn’t been disclosing blend details of its releases for 2016, but the company has described Savages as having a Habano wrapper. It’s made at Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic. The cigar is available in five sizes – each packaged in 10 count boxes.

Wrapper: Habano
Binder: n/a
Filler: n/a

Savages Corona Extra (6 x 46) — $11 (Box of 10, $110)
Savages Corona Larga (8 x 45) — $15 (Box of 10, $150)
Savages Piramide (6 x 50) — $14 (Box of 10, $140)
Savages Super Rothschild (4 3/4 x 52) — $12 (Box of 10, $120)
Savages Toro (6 x 54) — $13 (Box of 10, $130) REVIEWED TODAY

The cigar is well made with a nice little pigtail cap.

The cigar has a nice feel in the hand. It appears to have a good density.

The test draw after cutting the pigtail cap was very good. The initial flavors were black licorice, heavy cream, and brown sugar. The cream is almost as intense as the licorice. There is a lot of black pepper rated at an 8. Even the lingering black pepper is very good at light up.

1 1/4 inch in the cigar has pivoted and made a huge change. Now the flavors are caramel, butter, and brown sugar. The black pepper is still very intense. The buttery caramel is very nice and when you add brown sugar it becomes very enjoyable. The finish is a cream with caramel influence. There is also a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. 

At the midpoint the flavors are getting darker. There are now fudge-like flavors to go along with the buttery caramel and brown sugar. There are also obvious dark coffee notes at the base which were not as noticeable before. The cigar is still medium to full bodied but moving up. The finish is unchanged.

The cigar ended with massive fudge/dark chocolate notes. The coffee notes were also increased. The caramel and buttery notes decreased significantly. The brown sugar decreased but was still noted. There were dry nut notes mixed in the flavors. The finish was one of light caramel, dark chocolate, and cream with nice lingering black pepper. This was a good cigar which made major changes. Look for these at retailers who carry Caldwell cigars.

Score: 92

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