Monday, September 8, 2014

El Baton Double Toro from J.C. Newman

El Baton Double Toro Cigar
I grabbed this cigar, and a few more, at Cigar Train's, Brick House Cigars event here is Spokane a couple of months back and finally had the time to light it up yesterday.

This 6 x 60 double toro is a Nicaraguan Puro covered in a great looking, oily, Colorado maduro colored corojo wrapper that has a bit of fine sandpaper tooth. You can see only very fine veins, the seams are almost invisible and it's packed tight full length. From the foot there's a nice molasses aroma and the free cold draw has sweet notes of fruit.

Once the cigar is burning, the first half flavors are a mix of molasses, oak, fruit, black pepper, campfire and toasted marshmallows. The medium bodied smoke leaves behind a sweet, toasted marshmallow aftertaste that lingers. In the second half, the mix turns earthy with near full bodied flavors of earth, leather and peat. The seventy minute burn ends with a smooth mix of earth and leather.

Overall the flavor mix was pretty tasty and I really liked the cigar, but I had to correct the burn once in the first third and once in the final third. I picked up the robusto too that day and I'm expecting great things from that vitola.

Rated 91