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Stogie Reviews: Te-Amo Dominicana Blend Toro

23 Jul 2009

I have yet to be impressed by a cigar that bears the Te-Amo name. With lackluster performances from the Nicaragua Blend and the Cabinet Selection lines, let’s just say this Altadis brand hasn’t exactly relieved my skepticism of Mexican tobacco.

Te-Amo Dominicana Blend ToroBut I need to give Te-Amo a fair shot. After all, my experience with the standard Mexican puro series is very limited. And with the economy the way it is, I owe it to my wallet to see if anything from this value brand is worthwhile.

So I recently tried several samples from the Dominicana Blend, part of Te-Amo’s World Selection Series. This line debuted at the 2007 IPCPR trade show (then the RTDA) in an effort to improve and diversify the brand’s portfolio. According to Altadis’ marketing, it is “where the great tastes of the world’s premier tobacco-growing nations come together in one magnificent collection of truly fine cigars.”

The World Selection Series includes four different country-named blends: Cuba (criollo), Honduras (corojo), Nicaragua (criollo), and Dominicana (Connecticut shade). All four feature Mexican San Andreas binders, which is where these cigars are crafted by the Turrent Family.

The six inch by 54 ring gauge Dominicana Toro is fairly attractive for a cigar that sells for around $3 apiece. It has few veins, a healthy sheen, and delicate pre-light notes of hay and grass. Noticeably soft to the touch and easy on the draw.

It opens with a full, somewhat coarse flavor of salt, dry wood, and spice. I was expecting a much milder profile given the Connecticut shade wrapper and Dominican filler combination. The early sandiness of the ash also caught me off-guard, as it has a tendency to suddenly separate from the foot before the first half inch is through.

At this point, I noticed the resting smoke’s aroma was a good deal more appealing than the cigar’s actual taste. Fortunately, the flavor starts to mirror those scents into the second third with more of a creamy, nutty characteristic. Some bitter, medicine-like tastes crop up from time to time, though. And the combustion qualities—including a burn that requires several touch-ups to keep even—leave much to be desired.

Despite its faults, this mild cheapie has its place; it may be well-suited to complement a slow day on the golf course or a weekend afternoon in the yard. Just don’t expect the Te-Amo Dominicana Blend Toro to wow you with complexity or charm. For that, it deserves two and a half stogies out of five.

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Patrick A

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Drew Estate

9 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Te-Amo Dominicana Blend Toro”

  1. Charlie Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 7:46 am #

    Oh well. At least they have the distinction of reminding me of a great Steely Dan song every time I see them in a walk-in humidor.

  2. st Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    Admit it – you picked this one to break up the four-stogie-plus monotony.

  3. dP Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    I agree about the Dominican blend, but I tried the Honduran blend and I found it to be really good for a budget cigar. I would like to see the Honduran blend reviewed.

  4. Marcus Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    I totally agree. I had one of these last November and it was a very boring cigar. Not much in the flavor department and I would not buy another one. The construction was very good but still a boring cigar at best.

  5. Patrick A Friday, July 24, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    I admit nothing! 🙂

  6. Ryan Andrews Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 5:52 am #

    Hey Patrick I know its hard times for the economy now a days but there is a way to get some really good Cuban cigars without putting a hole in your wallet. You can order boxes of cigars for really good prices from http://www.gocubans.com/ and the best thing about it is that they ship around the world with no charge. So check it out and smoke it up this recession.

    -Happy Smokes bro

  7. Lou B. Monday, November 16, 2009 at 3:08 am #

    hey guys, listen to what "dP" said. i had the honduras blend last friday. a big churchill at 7×54, but is was flavourful. i could taste even the next day. it was really nice. it's said to be the most powerfull in the series, but easily managable i found. give'em a try, eh. for Canada???

  8. Stinky Andy Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 3:05 am #

    Sometimes you actually get what you pay for, fair review, it is a nice stick for that price, but it is nothing to write home about.

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