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Stogie Reviews: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Toro

13 Jul 2010

This cigar, blended by Jaime Garcia, stands out from the myriad sticks produced by My Father Cigars. For starters, it sports a dark, oily maduro Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, used only occasionally by Jaime and his father, Pepin Garcia.

JGarciaReservaAnd when you smoke it, you’ll find a flavor profile that differs significantly from what you expect from the house of Pepin.

The 54 ring gauge Toro does kick off with spicy notes. Mixed with the thick, woody flavor of the wrapper, though, it is a deep and sharp taste. From the start, the smoke is thick and profuse. The spice drops off after about half an inch and an earthy, damp hay taste takes over.

The taste changes aren’t finished yet. About halfway down the  six inch stick, you’ll begin to notice more and more of that typical maduro sweetness. The spice reemerges, too, and creates an interesting combination.

It’s a little difficult to find a lot of definitive information on these sticks. Having been introduced to the market late last year, but hitting most retailers’ shelves only recently, the My Father Cigars’ website doesn’t appear to even list them. The company’s site appears to be undergoing extensive work, though, and doesn’t have much information about anything.

I think it’s clear, though, that the filler is Nicaraguan. One site described it as a blend of tobacco grown by the Garcias and by the Oliva Tobacco Co. Despite some sites listing the binder as Nicaraguan, a press release about the cigar’s launch event at the Cigar Inn in New York confirms that it is Ecuadorian.

On the other hand, there’s no dispute about quality. It’s first rate, from appearance and construction to flavor and price. I paid $6 for the Toro, a small investment for a top-flight experience. I give this cigar four and a half stogies out of five.

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George E

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9 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Toro”

  1. dmjones1009 Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 3:23 am #

    I can understand not having info on the website about a cigar this new, but the My Father Cigars website has been "under construction" for the better part of the last year (at least…that's when I first noticed it). It honestly does not take all that long to put together an informative, attractive and useful website. Major oversight by them and several other big-name cigar companies in the marketing divisions.

  2. George E. Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 5:05 am #

    Gregg – I'm down in Florida and did buy them at a B&M in my area. I would think you'd have no trouble finding them at one of the many fine shops up there. The My Father Web site does list quite a few retailers in the D.C.-Va.-Md. area, but you could also gve them a call to see what's near you: 1-877-285-1160.

  3. thetabaccophile Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    Cool, I just reviewed this one as well. Very nice stick, and I’m looking forward to smoking some more of them.

    Nice review as always.

  4. Gregg Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Nice review…did you purchase the sticks at a local B&M here in the DC Metro? Would love to give one a try. Thanks!

  5. mighty Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    Wow, that is a very high rating. As I’ve said previously, I wasn’t too impressed with this stogie when I first tried it. It was smoked right after it came in, so maybe it needed to settle some more.

    I will now try this cigar again since you seemed to like it so well, and now the cigar has had plenty of time to rest.
    Thanks for the review

  6. mighty Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Ok. So tonight I tried the short robusto. I really feel this cigar still needs some age. George mentions a sharp taste, and IMO this will mellow out in time, as it seems to my palate to be a little young still. There is a deepness to the flavor with some spice on the finish, and some sweetness on the first part of the exhale.

    Construction and burn were top notch. Flavor still seems to be a little one dimensional, and this is off the short robusto not the toro, but I would really like to smoke this cigar again after a year in the humidor. It has potential after a year resting.

    Thanks again for the review George!

  7. cigarguy Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    I’m with Mighty on this one, good looking cigar, good construction but pretty one dimensional. To each his own.

  8. Ironmeden Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    I just smoked the Belicoso last night and I had the same response regarding the amount of smoke coming from this cigar, it was too much at times. I didn't get any spice, but it was quite powerful at time, I did have to slow down at times to truly enjoy the cigar, it was burning fast at times.

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