262 Paradigm Toro

262 Paradigm Toro

Origin : Dominican Republic262 cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian
Filler : Colombian/Nicaraguan
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9.00

Many thanks to Tony from Casas Fumando for providing great pictures for this review!

Early on this year I strongly pursued a lot of new brands, particularly smaller or “boutique” brands, to try out and to see if there were any hidden gems in the mix of a sea of tobacco products. Through word of mouth and some generous brothers of the leaf I was able to acquire a few of the 262 Paradigm Toros. The 262 brand is quite unique with a more modern style of approach to advertising being highly social media friendly, with word of mouth as key to getting this product in the mouths of cigar smokers. Its motto is “Smoke the revolution.” The revolution is a double edged sword with references to historic tobacco revolutions of the past on one edge and brandishing a big middle finger for those who try to impede on cigar smokers rights on the other edge. Now, I wanted to know if this cigar could stand up to the stature of this cigars marketing monster. So here we go, …

Appearance : ★★★★☆
The Paradigm is wrapped with a mahogany colored, non oily wrapper. The wrapper is very toothy with little bumps visible all over its surface. The wrapper is pretty thick as well, leathery, with minimal veins along its surface. Aroma of the wrapper is of rich saddle leather. I really dig the band on the foot of the cigar.

Construction : ★★★★★
When checking the cigar out in my hand, one of the cigars smoked had a soft spot halfway down its length. Otherwise, the cigar is generally pretty squishy and loosely packed. This is what I call a thoughtless cigar. You light it, and never have to think about the burn again. One could light this cigar, throw it down on the ground, go about his business/work, and come back to it and start puffing away and the burn and light would never falter or die. Razor sharp burn as well. Produced a soft, dark grey ash.

Flavor : ★★★☆☆
The Paradigm starts off with char, leather, and bitter coffee flavors. 1.5 inches in and you can add woodsy notes to the mix of espresso bean and dark chocolate. About halfway through, the cigar's flavors mellow and start to disappear a little. The smoke is smooth, plentiful, and thick, with an effortless draw. Past the midway point and I started to get some wet paper flavors, and did not get much evolution of flavor I was seeking. I felt what I got at the beginning of the cigar is pretty much what I got throughout the smoking experience. Not a bad smoke, but far from elite. Medium to full bodied.

Value : ★★★☆☆
I personally have a hard time paying $9.00 for this cigar. I believe it is more likely worth $7 range and competes with the likes of 601, Murcielagos, and Mi Amors. The family blend of cigars from Alec Bradley are $4-$6. The Paradigm isn’t much better than the Family Blend in my opinion. So I just can’t see myself paying almost twice the price to reach a Paradigm. But after all, it is a boutique cigar, …

262 Paradigm Toro

Overall Rating : ★★★☆☆
I smoked these samples for the review, and over the last couple of months I smoked several others and came to the same conclusion every time: these just aren’t for me. Many people I know love these cigars, but I just couldn’t see what the hoopla was about. It just seemed to me to be a glorified Family Blend by Alec Bradley. Alec Bradley doesn’t make hardly any cigar that I like, so it didn’t surprise me that these weren’t to my taste as well. But I have to give credit where credit is due and acknowledge the superior burn and construction of these cigars. Don’t get discouraged from trying this cigar yourself, because I know a lot of people will like this cigar, but for me, I will continue on with my search for hidden gems.

Note- I recently smoked the Alec Bradley American Classic Blend (link to Robustojoe's review -Inspector) and loved it.

If you enjoyed this post, please share it with your friends on social media! Thanks!
Loved this post? Subscribe and win cigars!
As a subscriber, you won't miss our competitions and will be entered in our ongoing contest!

4 Comments on “262 Paradigm Toro”

  1. I’m with you. Im not a fan of alec bradley either. But i feel every stick is worthy of at least a try. So i would love to find one of there and do a review on it as well to see what i get out of it.

  2. The 262 Paradigm is not a bad cigar. It is pretty good but I have a problem paying the admission price when it’s only slightly better than a Family Blend. All of my smoking buddies love these sticks but they just aren’t my bag.

  3. Christian says:

    Nice review, Aaron. I definitely agree with you about alec bradley. Generally, his cigars are not bad, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the toros I smoked. I thought these were way too mild and need some age on them. I don’t mind a good mild smoke, but these were just too light, one dimensional and boring to me.

  4. My review of the 262 Paradigm 460

    Pre-Light: The cigar is a beautiful oily dark brown, with only a few small veins breaking its surface. The stick was firm, and the aroma was of sweet reach earth. The cold draw consisted of wood tones and coffee.

    The First Third: The opening of the cigar has slight spice and a mild bitterness of coffee. It is smooth and rich, but the cigar was slightly hot on the draw.

    The Second Third: The second third added a little toastyness and some wood tones, but all and all stayed fairly consistent. The coffee flavor picks up some.

    The Last Third: Good smoke volume. The flavors are consistent through this third. The cigar did get way to hot on the draw far to quickly.

    Conclusion: Overall a good cigar with consistent flavors of coffee and spice.

Leave your mini review or comment...