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Stogie Reviews: Butera Vintage Select Toro

8 May 2007

Back in September I reviewed a Butera from the Royal Vintage line. Overall, it was fairly pleasing, but the flavor was too subtle and the physical properties were too burdensome to merit my full approval.

My experience with the Vintage Select line – a six inch by 52 ring gauge Toro – would be much more pleasurable.

At first glance, it reminded me of the excellent, but unattractive, Alonso Menendez and Dona Flor brands by Brazil Cigars & Tobacco. Not surprising given that, like those two treasures, this stick sports a dark and coarse Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper. Those leaves are notoriously unappealing (especially to the average aesthetically obsessed American smoker), but also sweet, rich, and full-flavored.

And that’s just what I got after I lit up: an irresistible mixture of deep chocolate notes. That pleasing and rustic cocoa taste was maintained well into the second half of the smoke, where it was joined by a spicy pepper flavor. Otherwise, the taste remained consistent.

On the palate, it’s worth noting that the Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Jamaican filler tobaccos hit the salt, bitter, and sweet locales of the tongue fairly evenly, rendering this a noble smoke.

On top of these excellent flavors, this cigar also scores far better on construction than its Royal Vintage cousin. It has no tendency to go out at will, and it sustains an even burn, a sturdy ash, and a clear draw for well over an hour. Just what a smoker needs to concentrate on the first-rate flavors.

In all, this stogie sports characteristics than a $10-15 cigar would be proud of. I picked up mine for just under $8 – and I won’t hesitate to pick up more soon. For reaffirming my confidence in Butera, I give the Butera Vintage Select Toro four out of five stogies.

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Patrick A

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3 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Butera Vintage Select Toro”

  1. Mac and Nudo Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 4:29 am #

    Thanks for the great review. Sounds like this cigar would be an excellent option for those of us who have a hard time finding Dona Flors and Alonsos — but still need a Mata Fina fix.

    And for the flavors and construction you describe, I'd have no qualms about laying down $8 for one of these.

  2. Padronnie Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 4:33 am #

    At least from the photo, the butera wrapper looks considerably less rough/rustic than the Alonso Menendez.

  3. Patrick A Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 4:42 am #

    Padronnie,

    I think that may have something to do with the different cameras used to produce the two photos. I remember this cigar looking less impressive in person.

    Also, I'd have to say the Vintage Select looks more like the Dona Flor than the Alonso — especially when you consider color.

    Still, this cigar's wrapper is anything but perfect. Rough, bumpy textures and coarse veins dot its landscape.