Cigar Review: Euforia (Dominican) Toro by GMD Cigars

Cigar Review: Euforia (Dominican) Toro by GMD Cigars

GMD Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicargua, Peru
Size: 6” x 50
Strength: medium
Price: $14.00

Overall Rating: 9.0

Global Marketing & Distribution (GMD) Cigars may have an unappealing name, but they have some extremely appealing cigars in their portfolio. At the IPCPR in New Orleans I discovered the appeal of these impressive luxury cigars. The Dominican Euforia (yes, it’s spelled that way) is a flavorful medium bodied cigar with the quality that one would expect from a cigar produced at Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic. This luxury brand has just made its way from Europe to North America, and will make a great addition to the humidor of the modern gentleman (or lady).

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Pre-Light: The Dominican Euforia has a very light brown wrapper that is dry to the touch, but has a nice oily sheen to it. There are some noticeable veins and visible seams. A slight bumpiness to the cigar doesn’t distract too much from the high end appearance of the cigar. The Euforia band is a beautiful silver and bluish purple, and has a classic modern art appeal to its design. The secondary says “Dominican Luxury Cigars” which separates it from its Nicaraguan brother (made by Oliva).

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There’s a pleasant autumn leaf smell to the wrapper, that brings to mind images of New England in the fall. From the unlit foot of the Dominican Euforia scents of sweet cinnamon, baked apples and nuts are all easily detectable. A fairly easy cold draw allows through flavors of fresh grass and ground cinnamon.

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Burn: A very even burn  and a firm beautiful white ash emphasize quality of this cigar. The draw on the Euforia is perfect, and allows through a good deal of smoke.

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Flavor: The first third of the Euforia starts off with flavor of cinnamon, maple and fresh grass. There are occasional notes of brown sugar that fit perfectly with the other flavors. On the retrohale there’s a pleasant mix of cinnamon and mild spice. Mild herbal spice, fresh sage and sweet grass lead into the transition to the second third of the cigar. There’s a definite fruitiness to the second third of the Dominican Euforia. Apples, cinnamon, cherries, spice and baked pumpkin seed flavors continue to remind me of fall. As the transition to the final third of the cigar begins there’s more spice and cinnamon that come to the forefront. There’s a flavor at this point that I can only describe as apple sauce. Occasionally, there is a sweet honey note that briefly occurs. At this point in the final third cedar becomes noticeable for the first time, but it never becomes very strong. The spice really begins to pick up during the last inch or so of the cigar. The Euforia finishes with a mix of spice, mild cedar, cinnamon and honey.

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Overall: The Euforia is a complex cigar that is as flavorful as it is beautiful. I’ve been quite impressed with the cigars coming out of KBF, and the Euforia has only deepened my esteem for Hendrik Kelner Jr’s factory. The Euforia has a great mix of fruit and spice, that makes for an interesting flavor profile. Personally, I really enjoyed the Dominican Euforia. I am certain to be adding more to my collection when they arrive at my local brick and mortar retailer. The price may be a little high for some, but the quality and the complexity make the price not unreasonable. (At ToastedFoot we do not take price into account in our Overall Rating.) The strength and complexity of the Dominican Euforia is sure to appeal to smokers of luxury brands like Davidoff. I’d definitely recommend the mild-medium or medium bodied cigar smoker give this very tasty cigar a try on a fall afternoon.

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Pairing: If you want to get the full flavor from this complex and flavorful cigar, I suggest pairing it with a bottle of San Pellegrino sparkling water. The wine drinker will find a quality Bordeaux or California Meritage will pair nicely with the Dominican Euforia. For those looking for something a tad stronger, a dram of Macallan 18 will compliment the Euforia’s fruitiness quite well.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)