I am a slacker, or at least I feel like one. I got these samples in the mail a month ago, if not more and they wound up buried in the list of cigars I need to review. So first off let me say Thank you to J. Fuego for sending me these sticks. Secondly, I am sorry it took so long to get to them.
Sangre de Toro which translates to Bull’s Blood sounds to me as if they trump Charlie Sheen’s tiger blood. The cigars will retail from $5.75 to $6.95 before local taxes and will come in Corona (5 1/2 ×46); Robusto (4 7/8 x 49),; Toro (6 ×50) and Belicoso (5 1/2 x 52).
The question remains, are these cigars a #winning experience?
Cigar: J. Fuego Sangre de Toro
Size: 4 7/8 x 49 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Colorado
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan Colorado & Corojo
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Appearance and Construction: The J. Fuego Sangre de Toro wrapper has a reddish-brown hue to it with some thin veins that run throughout. There is a nice amount of oils visible on this well rolled cigar that has no soft under close inspection. In the hand the cigar has a nice weight and balance while the foot appears to be well packed as well. The band is eye-catching with the classic J. Fuego band and “Sangre de Toro” in blood-red.
Flavor & Notes: Here is a first for me, dill. The foot of the cigar serves up some notes of dill with a slight spice to the nose while the cold draw is a bit earthy with some of those same dill notes and a spice that tickles the roof of my mouth. As I lit the cigar I was treated to some notes of spice before the cigar developed into a unique one. As I smoked my way into the first third I was treated to a variety of herbal notes that made me wish I had some tea as I smoked my cigar. There was also a subtle sweetness present that slowly developed as I progressed. As we smoke our way into the second third of the cigar the one thing that is distinct is the aroma, but more on that later. The sweetness develops into a chocolate note as some cedar joins the mix with some tea like notes on the finish. As the final third is breached the cigar has a well-defined licorice note over some spice and cedar with a touch of chocolate. The finish was a bit dry, but tasty.
Smoking Characteristics: The J. Fuego Sangre de Toro had a nice burn with a sold medium to dark color ash that held on well. I ashed near each third but it would have held longer if opted to. The cigar produced a nice volume of smoke with a perfect draw. The aroma really stood out reminding my of a Chinese herbal shop which was far different than anything I have ever experienced.
Conclusion: The profile of the Sangre de Toro is different than any cigar I have smoked. The question is was that a good thing or bad thing, and I am not 100% sure. I enjoyed the cigar but I think it might be some time before I pick one up again. Every now and then I get in a rut of what to smoke when walking into a shops humidor and this cigar would fit the bill when that mood strikes. Because of that it is difficult to score this cigar, and it is really a situational smoke.
Disclaimer: I received these cigars compliments of J. Fuego cigars.