Toro, 6 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
|Cigar age||1 yr. 5.3 mo.|
BACKGROUND: This review is on the San Lotano Oval Maduro Toro. These cigars have been resting in the Stogie Fresh humidors for 1 year, 5 months and 5 days prior to this review and I pulled out 2 samples for this second and final review.
The San Lotano Oval made its debut in 2011. The Oval was an attempt to market a new, oval-shaped cigar. The new shape became highly successful and, because of its killer blend, won over many followers.
The Oval maduro is handmade at the A.J. Fernandez factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. It is a uniquely shaped stogie, which is a cross between a box-pressed and rounded cigar. Marketing Director, Clay Roberts has indicated that the company used specially-made cigar molds to construct the Oval cigars.
The blend for the Oval Maduro includes Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler and features an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper that has been aged for 4 years.
The San Lotano Oval Maduro comes in boxes of 20 and is priced between $9 and $12 per stick with six vitolas currently shipping.
This week’s featured San Lotano Oval Maduro is the 6 inch by 54 ring gauge Toro.
TASTING NOTES: The Oval Maduro started off with dark, rich flavors of espresso and dark chocolate. Retrohaling the smoke brought out oak wood and black pepper spice that tickled my nasal mucosa. This is the same basic flavor profile that I experienced a year ago in my first review of these sticks. Also like last year, the cigar performed in stellar fashion. The draw was close to perfect and the ash was firm and held on for me to drop off in 1-inch chunks.
While the flavor profile was the same, I did note that the intensity of the flavors mellowed somewhat, but the cigar still displayed good impact on the palate and was not showing any signs that it had yet reached its peak.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Once again I rate the Oval Maduro at medium in body and strength and medium-full in flavor. I like this cigar better than the original San Lotano Maduro, which is good, but lacks the earthy sweetness that melds the flavors, in my opinion.
Another thing that I really like about these smokes is the great burn and draw characteristics. I haven’t had a poorly constructed cigar in the whole batch and I’ve smoked 8 cigars thus far. I think that the oval shape of these cigars helps to improve the draw and burn characteristics.
While this may not be a cigar for beginning cigar smokers, it should appeal widely to those who enjoy a good maduro for its earthy sweet character. I can recommend this cigar highly.
Final verdict: Buy, try and enjoy. And, hold some back for aging because I think you will be happy with the results.
These cigars are being stored in a cello bundle inside my repurposed wine cooler cabinet humidor. This cabinet is located in a central portion of my home, which makes the temperatures stable. The humidity is provided by an Oasis active humidifier. This is the second and final review of these cigars, which have been resting a total of 1 year, 5 months and 10 days.
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