The T Toro Grande. Collaborations in the cigar industry are not uncommon. Balmoral with La Flor Dominicana and Ernesto Perez Carrillo for example. Or Drew Estate with Robert Caldwell. A.J. Fernandez with Altadis. The list is too long to write down. But a collaboration between three cigar makers? That’s unique. That’s what The T is though. A collaboration between Robert Caldwell, A.J. Fernandez, and Matt Booth.
Room 101 and Caldwell Cigars don’t own their own factories. Caldwell mainly uses Tabacalera William Ventura, where is using several factories after parting ways with Davidoff. Abdel Fernandez owns one of the most famous, and largest, factories in Esteli, Nicaragua. So it’s pretty logical that the cigars are made there. All the tobacco in this cigar comes from Nicaragua, making this cigar a puro. The Toro Grande from this review measures 6½x56 but other sizes are available as well.
The cigar looks good. An evenly Colorado Maduro colored wrapper with a little tooth. Dry but good looking. The main cigar band is gray with three different old keys on it, and a golden print saying The T. The secondary ring is thin. Olive green in colors with the initials of the makers. The box-pressed cigar feels well constructed. There is a barnyard aroma coming from the cigar, medium in strength.
The cold draw is all about leather with some pepper. It’s a smooth cold draw though. Once lit, the leather is still there but with a nice sugary sweetness. The retrohale also reveals some cedar. There are hints of soil, coffee, and pepper. The flavors are intense, complex and full of nuances. This isn’t a powerhouse as you would expect from a Nicaraguan Puro. This is a cigar with balance and character. The wood flavor is getting stronger, and there are some dark spices. The complexity and smoothness don’t change. The flavors are getting even more intense. Licorice, cedar, leather, green herbs, and a little bit of pepper. There is also faint saltiness. Wood gains strength with leather as a backup. A faint coffee is on the background with green herbs and spices. The sweetness disappears. The finale has a little more pepper.
The ash is light colored but not firm. It dropped on the desk pretty early into the cigar. The draw is fantastic and the burn is good. The smoke is thick and full. This cigar is well balanced. Medium to full in body and full in flavor. Extremely complex and balanced. Because of the shape, it does not feel like a ring 56. The smoke time is two and a half hours.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, love this smoke.