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Stogie Reviews: Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Toro (Maduro)

11 Sep 2006

On Friday we announced that in order to beef up our newly-created Stogie Reviews Archive, we would launch an entire week of reviews. So, without further ado, here is the first installment of our Stogie Guys Week in Review:

The Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Toro is a nice looking 6 inch by 52 ring gauge stogie with a gritty Costa Rican maduro wrapper. Indian Tabac is Rocky Patel’s company, so I had high expectations for this box-pressed stogie.

I chose to pair it with a white russian (the dude’s favorite cocktail). The coupling is somewhat of an aggressive choice with a dark maduro cigar, but it’s a pairing I have enjoyed in the past.

After lighting up this I cigar, I didn’t notice the super strong flavors (as advertised). And when the “super fuerte” flavor did kick in, it was more harsh than rich.

Instead, I found this cigar very earthy with nutty walnut tones that faded in and out. And I was disappointed by the very bitter notes this cigar had. Some sweet flavors would have balanced out the flavor more.

Fortunately, the cigar had a very easy draw, which was a good thing since the one previous time I tried this cigar it had an impossible plug that forced me to put it out halfway through – something I almost never do. Additionally, this cigar developed a nasty split in the wrapper along one of the edges of the box press, but thankfully that didn’t seem to effect the burn.

Overall, I expected better from the company that makes one of my favorite stogies, the Rocky Patel Sun Grown. This one looked and smelled good before I lit it (and provides good value at only about $2 apiece), but the bitter flavors prevented the cigar from living up to its potential.

I give the Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Toro only two and a 1/2 out of five stogies.

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Patrick S

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6 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Toro (Maduro)”

  1. Anonymous Monday, September 11, 2006 at 8:00 am #

    Nice review, but they are much better if you give them a year of aging.

  2. Patrick S Monday, September 11, 2006 at 9:51 am #

    "Nice review, but they are much better if you give them a year of aging."

    Thanks. This was in my humidor at least 3 months. If I try another one I'll give it even more time.

  3. Anonymous Monday, September 11, 2006 at 10:33 am #

    Stick to RP’s vintage lines!

  4. Lou B. Monday, July 6, 2009 at 1:51 am #

    i smoked a ITSF maduro corona just a few days ago. the anticipation was almost silly for me. i wanted to make sure i had a big enough meal so the "super fuerte" didn't bowl me over. like you initially stated, far from super strong. i thought it was a smooth easy drawing nice little smoke. it wasn't the flavours of Rocky's other lines like "Vintage 1990" or my beloved "sungrown" but not a bad ciggy, especially for the price. of course up here in the great white north, there are no cheap cigars!!!!!! happy smokin boys!!

  5. Dave Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    The first time I tried this, I thought it was a bad cigar, however, I noticed what I did wrong the first time, I didn't give it enough time in the humi, I had it in the morning while my palate was still asleep, a maduro should be enjoyed in the evening after a hearty meal. i tried this a second time, giving it 2 months to rest in the humi, and I got a totally different smoke, the flavors dramatically smoothed out the harshness I experienced the first time around, it really was an enjoyable smoke, my only complaint is that the burn was quite uneven. I would definitely try these again, given they have enough time to rest.

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