Today, I am exploring the Hoya De Flores Toro from La Hoja Cigar Company. The Hoya De Flores is a Dominican puro (it utilizes all Dominican Tobacco) featuring a Criollo 98 wrapper with Dominican binders and fillers. The La Hoja Cigar Company is headed up by William Flores who is the son of Carlos Flores Sr. Carlos Flores Sr. learned the art of rolling cigars in the Santa Clara region of Cuba and was forced to flee in the 1960s after taking part in the People’s Revolution.
The Hoya De Flores is available in 5 sizes, a 5 x 50 robusto, a 5 5/8 x 52 toro, a 6 1/4 x 52 torpedo, a 7 x 50 El Jefe, and a 6 x 60 Goloso. Today I am reviewing the 5 5/8 x 52 toro size.
Size: 5 5/8 x 52
Wrapper: Criollo 98
Strength: Medium (Medium to Full in final third)
Flavor: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Construction and Appearance: The band of the Hoya De Flores Toro has a nice old world look to it. It is beige in color with a red circle in the middle, written in white in the circle is “Hoja de Flores”. Below the writing is a foil image of Cuba.
The wrapper of the Hoya De Flores Toro is a medium brown with a slightly golden color. There are a decent amount of veins, and also a nice rich oil to it. The cap is pretty generous, and the construction pretty seamless.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Hoya De Flores Toro has notes of sweet wood, natural tobacco, and leather. The foot has the scent of earth, wood, leather, and a bit of spice. To prepare smoking the Hoya De Flores Toro, I use a straight cut on the cap, the cold draw has flavors of leather, spice, wood, and a bit of earth.
Smoking Characteristics: The Hoya De Flores Toro kicks off with a bit of spice, pepper, sweetness, wood, and leather. The draw is excellent, easily providing a full body of rich, cool, smooth, semi sweet smoke. After each draw a bit of wood, leather, and spice lingers on the palate providing a nice finish. The strength in this first third is a solid medium, and the flavor is medium to full, making it just slightly subtle.
In the second third of the Hoya De Flores Toro, the notes of spice, sweetness, wood, leather, and earth all remain. The sweetness in this third becomes a bit more defined and now has a sort of graham cracker and nutty flavor associated with it. The strength remains in the medium range, and the intensity of the flavor has increased just a little. The construction and draw are fantastic. The ash holds firmly till about the inch and a half point, and the burn is very sharp, requiring no corrections thus far.
During the final third of the Hoya De Flores Toro, the spice ramps up quite a bit, and the flavor becomes very full. The notes of spice, leather, earth, wood, and nuts all remain. During this third, the graham cracker sweetness has faded quite a
bit, and is now hardly noticeable. The strength also kicks up just a little bit, entering the medium to full range. The Hoya De Flores Toro smokes cool to the nub, remaining quite firm all the way to the end.
Conclusion: The Hoya De Flores Toro had a rich blend of spicy, woody, and earthy flavors which blended quite well. The strength built from medium to medium to full during the final third. The construction was excellent, the draw perfect, ash firm, and burn very sharp. At the price of $8.50 the Hoya De Flores Toro performed very well, and is something I could see enjoying again with a nice glass of scotch.