Italian cigars

Toscani classico

These Italian made cigars are ideal to share with friends, as you can cut them in half and then both smoke half a cigar. There are several blends and this time I smoked the Classico, which comes in a brown cardboard box that holds 5 cellophane packed cigar. The band is in the colors of the Italian flag.
This cigar is probably the worst looking cigar I have ever seen. It has a bit of a cone shape, it is far from smooth and has thick veins. It looks like a dead twig that you find on the floor of a forest somewhere. The wrapper is quite oily though and has lots of colorations. The cigar feels very hard and tight. The cigar is pre-cut and the predraw is tough. The smell of this stick is a combination of a wet dog and a sweaty horse.
I taste scorched earth, spicy and peppery and quite full. After 1½ inch the flavors become less strong and I can also taste some wood. The pepper disappeared but there spice remains, it is a herbal spiciness.
Halfway I get a faint chocolate flavor way back beneath the earth and herbal flavor. The chocolate disappears quickly and later on I can only taste herbs.
I smoked a whole stick and not half a stick like how it’s supposed to be smoked and still it only lasted me 20 minutes. The draw was a bit too hard but I got a lot of smoke, which is a bit yellowish. The firm as is dark and the burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Don’t think so

Appearance: 4 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Toscani garibaldi

A friend went on vacation to Italy and brought me some Italian cigars as a “thank you for taking care of my pets” as I fed his cats during his trip. I don’t know if they are longfillers or shortfillers and I can’t find a lot of information about these cigars online, except on Italian websites but that’s a language I don’t speak. These are probably one of the weirdest cigars I have in my collection.
The legend goes that Garibaldi, an Italian military and political figure, was a vivid cigar smoker and was famous for cutting his cigars in two, so he could share them with friends. Toscani now makes cigars that are meant to be cut in two in the middle so you can share it with a friend. They also sell ‘half packs’ with cigars that are already cut in two.
The cigar is 6 inch long with a 32 ring, so you smoke 3 inch of it per smoke. It looks awful, the wrapper is full of spots and uneven, the cigar isn’t straight and the cigar doesn’t have a cap.
The first flavor is an espresso like coffee flavor, quite strong and after a quarter of an inch it becomes a bit spicy. The strength gets less strong pretty quickly until it is a medium strength flavor.
I smoked about 30 minutes on half of this cigar, which is longer than I expected. The draw and burn are good, and the firm as is quite dark. I got plenty of smoke from this medium flavored and mild to medium bodied cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, I will stick to regular longfillers.

Appearance: 5 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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