Cigar Review: The T. Toro by Caldwell

Cigar Review: The T. Toro by Caldwell

Caldwell Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $11.50

Overall Rating: 9.2

Matt Booth, Robert Caldwell and AJ Fernandez are all accomplished cigar makers on their own. Bringing the three of them together is similar to bringing together the 1992 Olympic Basketball “Dream Team,” and the result is definitely a winner. The cigar that comes from this collaboration bears the name The Truth or simply “The T.”, and is truly a great medium bodied cigar coming from AJ Fernandez’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Pre-Light: The Truth Toro is a nice looking box pressed cigar. There’s something almost country French style in the design and color of the cigar’s bands. The cigar’s primary band features three old fashioned keys on it and the name “The T.” in gold letting on it. A secondary band has the initials of Robert Caldwell, AJ Fernandez and Matt Booth. The dark coffee bean colored wrapper is smooth and dry to the touch, and contrasts quite nicely with the cigar’s bands. A few prominent veins are noticeable, but do not interfere with the cigar’s burn. All in all, this is a cigar that will stand out on a retailer’s shelf.

There is a definite barnyard hay aroma to the wrapper, with subtler scents of earth and charred wood. From the foot of The Truth cigar there are sweet notes of cinnamon, hay, earth and dark cherries. A slightly firm cold draw lets through notes of sweetness, cinnamon, hay and coffee.

Burn: Construction on The Truth Toro is top notch. As expected from a box pressed cigar out of Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua, the draw is quite good and allows through a good amount of smoke. The cigar burns quite evenly from beginning to end, and holds a nice white ash very well.

Flavor: At the start of The Truth Toro there is an immediate mix of coffee and sweet dark chocolate flavors. There is a small amount of spice that mixes with coffee, dark chocolate, nuts and a slight cedar flavor. Subtle white pepper lingers on the tongue after each puff in a pleasing fashion. As the cigar burns into the second third, there is a distinct line where a more earthy character starts to develop. Not long into the second third of The Truth Toro flavors of coffee, leather, earth, wood and cocoa all blend together in a pleasant fashion. On the retrohale there is a mix of coffee, nuts and mild white pepper. During the transition to the final third, the balanced blend of cocoa, coffee, leather, nuts and earthiness. A small amount of pepper begins to creep in during the final third of the cigar, blending nicely with the other existing flavors.

Overall: A collaborative effort between Matt Booth, Robert Caldwell and AJ Fernandez, The Truth is a cigar that is a wonderful cigar. The Truth Toro is a flavorful cigar with a blend of chocolate, coffee, wood, nuts, earth, leather and very mild pepper flavors. There’s a surprising lack of pepper to this cigar, which is uncharacteristic of AJ Fernandez’s Nicaraguan factory, but this allows the cigar’s flavors to really stand out. Medium bodied throughout most of the cigar, The Truth is one of those cigar’s that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of cigar enthusiasts. Personally, I really enjoyed The Truth Toro, and would definitely recommend it to fans of Booth, Caldwell and Fernandez’s cigars. Because the fact these three major cigar celebrities are involved in the making of The Truth, it is unlikely that they will stay on store shelves for long once they arrive at your local tobacconist, so it is definitely worth picking up some when you see them.

Pairing: The Truth cigar pairs very well with an afternoon cup of coffee or espresso. The scotch drinker will find a peaty Islay single malt is a great choice for pairing with The Truth. Personally, I enjoy a dram of the Bunnahabhain Toiteach or Lagavulin 16.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (