Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

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madurooliveros eight zero anniversary royale toro gordo
perdomo grand cru maduro robustoratings and scores

The Eight Zero provides some really nice flavors, and it seems as if it goes well with a morning cup of coffee. At first, there is a good amount of sweetness present, similar to the cold taste. This moves on to give way to rich chocolate and coffee flavors, hence the coffee as a beverage recommendation. Some nutty flavors come into play, as do some that are creamy. The overall lasting flavor, though, is that of the sweetness. I'd say that this stick lingers more towards the medium-bodied side.

I feel safe in recommending the Eight Zero Toro Gordo. It seems to be constructed well, and the burn had hardly any issues. The flavors, while not really on the strong side, were very inviting, especially for a coffee lover. I wouldn't recommend it to any full-bodied fans, because it could be too mild for their tastes. Medium-bodied folks, on the other hand, should enjoy it. If you take a look at the boxes of 20 that are available, they make a single average out to about $7 or $8. It's not a budget stick, but it does seem to be good quality, so give it a shot.

The Oliveros Eight Zero Anniversary Royale Toro Gordo gets a respectable rating of three out of four stars.

Perdomo Grand Cru Maduro Robusto


The Grand Cru line from Perdomo Cigars is one that is made with tobaccos taken from a select 2004 crop. These aged tobaccos give the cigar line its Grand Cru name, which means that they are supposedly the best there is.

The Grand Cru Maduro measures 5x50 in its Robusto size. It also comes in three other sizes too: the 6x50 Toro, the 6x54 Torpedo, and the 7x50 Churchill. The Grand Cru is a Nicaraguan puro, as it is made completely from Nicaraguan tobacco. The filler, binder, and wrapper are all composed of Nicaraguan Cuban Seed tobacco. More specifically, the Cuban Seed tobacco used is of the Semilla Habano variety. This is supposedly a strong stick, the strongest available from Perdomo, with a full-bodied profile. The Perdomo Grand Cru is offered in with a darker Maduro wrapper, which we will focus on this review, or a lighter Corojo wrapper.

The first thought that pops into my head when glancing at the Grand Cru Maduro is that it is quite dark thanks to its Maduro wrapper. It is also very oily when put under light, and there are a good amount of veins that are visible throughout its body. There is a large band near the head that gives the cigar some extra flair. The band showcases the Perdomo company name as well as the Grand Cru label. The red, white, and black colors used help to draw extra attention to the band too. The stick feels very firm to the touch and lets me know that it is tightly packed with tobacco. Before lighting, it gives off an earthy scent. The cold taste is on the sweet side.

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