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Written by Puff Staff

Tuesday, 23 April 2002

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Top25Cigar reviewed a pair of cigars from Don Tuto for this batch of Staff Reviews. Top25Cigar reviewed a pair of cigars from Don Tuto for this batch of Staff Reviews. All reviewers received four unbanded smokes, two of each sample. Don Tuto cigars are made in Costa Rica by the Martinez-Garcia family. The first cigar we reviewed was a first production run from Don Tuto of a 6 x 50 cigar wrapped in a new hybrid tobacco they call “Tuto Habano”. The filler was a combination of Tuto Habano and “JF” tobacco, while the binder was all “JF”. You’re now asking the same question we did: “What in blue blazes is “JF” tobacco. The answer was quite simple, JF tobacco is a Costa Rican tobacco grown by Don Tuto, and named for the son of one of the company founders, Jesse Francisco. All tobaccos, including Tuto Habano and JF are grown in Costa Rica by Don Tuto. The reviewers struggled to find much they liked with this cigar. The burn was deemed “OK”, and the construction passed initial tests as well. “The wrapper did not appear oily, but rather dry, though not unappealing. The cigar felt firm and was consistent throughout. The cap was applied well.” We love to see a smaller brand cigar do well, so we hoped for better results from Don Tuto. Unfortunately, the flavor of this cigar turned away all 5 reviewers. Comments ranged from bad to worse. “The taste was not really impressively enjoyable. The taste stayed the same down to the last two inches when it turned bitter and left a disagreeable aftertaste in my mouth” “As I smoked the two samples, I thought of other cigars I could be having by just stepping inside to my humidor. It was hard to get to the second half of the cigar without putting it out.” “I continually asked why me. I wait this long to be picked a Staff Reviewer, and this is what I get! Please don’t tell me this is a premium cigar or I will make like a lemming and take to the sea.” Not sure if it pays to add much more to this review. It wasn’t a cigar people would even get close to given a second try. Let’s hope for better luck next time.



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