Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Gonzo Vintage 2007 Toro by Epicurean Cigars

The Gonzo Vintage 2007 was created by Steven Ysidron of Epicurean Cigars and is distributed by the House of Emilio. Only 700 boxes of Epicurean Gonzo are produced each year and released after four years of aging. To date, every cigar I have smoked from the House of Emilio has been top of the line and well above average in flavor profiles and construction. Is the Gonzo Vintage 2007 another winner? Let's find out...

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 6  x 52 Toro
  • Wrapper: Broadleaf
  • Binder: Double Binder, Pennsylvania Broadleaf of San Andreas and Jalapa
  • Filler:  Jalapa and Codega
  • Cutting Method: Colibri V-Cutter
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Price: $9.50 Sample provided by House of Emilio


Gonzo Celebracion 2007 Toro Cigar
Once the Gonzo Vintage 2007 is free from its cellophane wrapper the first thing you will notice is the stout, toothy, oily, dark, broadleaf wrapper. Yes you can see the wrapper seams on this cigar, but it only shows you just how stout the wrapper really is. The photo doesn't do the oil sheen justice, but you can see the lack of veins for such a stout wrapper. You will find the body is packed well full length, it's firm, but not hard, and there are no soft spots to be found.

As I put this cigar to my nose to check the aromas from the foot, I found a pleasant mix of cocoa and dried fruit. Once there was a deep V cut in the cap, I checked the draw and the flavors. The draw was easy and free, but I was surprised by the bold Port wine flavor I found. Don't get me wrong, it was delicious, it just surprised me a bit.

After toasting and lighting the cigar the first few draws produced a flavor mix of cocoa and rich tobacco. About an inch in the fruity Port wine flavor joined the flavor mix which lasted to the mid point. At the half way point nuances of earth and toast joined in with the cocoa and wine. To my surprise the finish developed as the burn line reached the final third. In the final third my favorite cigar flavor of burnt mocha developed, with a hint of wine, and held steady until the nub.

Overall I found this to be a top of the line cigar with superior construction and flavors. The Gonzo Vintage 2007 is defiantly in contention for "cigar of the year".

On the Epicurean Cigars website, Steven Ysidron says, "I have taken special care to ensure each of my cigar blends have a distinct and unforgettable flavor complexity that will leave a lasting impression". I have to agree.

The Gonzo Vintage 2007 is available in these sizes.
5 X 56 - Trajabador
6 X 52 - Toro
5.5 X 48 - Petite Corona
6.5 X 52 - Perfecto
6.5 X 38 - Lancero

I would like to thank Epicurean Cigars and House of Emilio for providing this review sample. Thank you!

Rated: 95