Toro! Toro! Toro!
Toro, also known as Corona Gorda, by definition is a cigar with traditional measurements of 5 5/8 inches by 46 ring gauge, but cigars of 6 inches by 50 ring have been growing in popularity. The Oliva Cigar Company has created a cigar that exemplifies the brand’s impeccable reputation for high quality and affordability with the Connecticut Reserve Toro. A 6 x 50 vitola, it is a fine example.
The Connecticut Reserve is hand rolled in a unique Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and Nicaraguan long fillers and binder. The Connecticut Reserve series is mellow yet not short of flavor. The mild-medium bodied cigar has subtle notes of cedar, coffee, and cream. Well- aged with hints of spice, the Connecticut Reserve is mellow and balanced. The deep golden brown wrapper is silky and oily and will only get better with significant aging in your humidor.
The secondary flavors of rich Nicaraguan tobacco moves in half way with pepper and wood, and with some of the appreciated bitterness that adds a special dynamic. Much in the same way flavors meld for those who may enjoy an IPA style beer.
Speaking of IPAs, the Connecticut Reserve Toro makes a great pairing with the hoppy beer. As I was researching the history of IPAs I discovered that in the process of creating the pale ale there was the use of a malt that created less smoke in the roasting of barley. To me, this compares to the Oliva Cigar Company’s concept of introducing a milder cigar in their already stellar series. An IPA such as Wookey Jack from the Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will compliment your cigar experience.