Augusto Reyes Grand Cru Toro

Augusto Reyes Grand Cru Toro

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6.2 x 54
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican; Piloto Cubano, Cubano, Criollo ‘98
Binder : Dominican
Price : $6.00-$7.00 each
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Up until a few months ago, I had never had the opportunity of smoking anything by Augusto Reyes. When the chance came to try this Dominican beauty I had to seize it. I received this cigar awhile back and after seasoning this cigar in my humidor for those couple months, it was its turn to be smoked. So the other night, I came home from work, did my preliminary research to find out what are all of the tobaccos that are used to make this stick, then it was time to indulge in this cigar.

Appearance : ★★★½☆
The Dominican wrapper was almost chocolate brown in color, with no visible flaws. There were very small veins. None of which I was worried about. The cap was completely flush, and almost the exact same shade of brown as the rest of the cigar. The cigar gave off a sweet spicy aroma prior to lighting in, which gave me hope that the cigar’s flavor would be just as good.

Construction : ★★★★☆
After examining the cigar, I found no flaws in the construction. The only worry I had was the slight soft spot on the underside of the cigar. As I came to find out, it would not alter the burn pattern in the long run. The cigar cut very clean with no splitting or peeling resulting from the cut. The ash wasn’t bad at all. It held on for about two inches at a time, which is pretty average. The burn and draw were great throughout the entire stick.

Augusto Reyes Grand Cru Toro

Flavor : ★★★★½
The flavor profile of this cigar doesn’t change a whole lot throughout the entire stick. It starts very earthy with a little bit of spice intertwined. After a few puffs, the spice subsides and gives way to the sweetness I was looking for. There is a strong coffee-like flavor that takes center stage after about two inches. Once the coffee steps out, the cigar gets much more earthy to compliment the sweetness. Around the halfway point, the cigar develops some woody notes. Towards the end of the cigar, the flavor kicks up, and the spice becomes very prominent.

Value : ★★★★☆
For a sub $7 stick, you really can't go wrong. If you are located in the U.S., Cigars International almost constantly has a deal on boxes of these.

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
Augusto Reyes Grand Cru easily surpassed my expectations. The smoke billowed perfectly. It was a thick, creamy, white smoke which I always enjoy. And the aroma wasn’t bad at all. This cigar starts off as a solid medium bodied stick, but slowly inches its way up to being full bodied. For having never smoked this particular cigar before, I must admit, that I would definitely smoke this one again. So if you are partial to full bodied cigars, pick up a few and give them a try.

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2 Comments on “Augusto Reyes Grand Cru Toro”

  1. My Augusto Reyes Grand Cru had soft spots too, but they turned out to be insignificant. I really enjoyed the coffee notes; this is a very flavorful cigar for just $7.

  2. I read this review recently. Years ago, I had smoked the occasional Augusto Reyes cigar. They were never great, but usually ok for the money (which was a couple of bucks per stick at, or I picked up a bundle of the Nativo recently. What an incredible disappointment. The tobaccos are nowhere as good as they had been, the blend incredibly unremarkable (a contradiction in terms on the surface, but it really had no distinctive taste), and the construction was execrable. (Don’t bother looking it up… it means, basically, incredibly bad). This is an unsmokable cigar. It’s rare that I toss an entire bundle of cigars into the trash, but this current offering from Reyes will get the heave-ho. Which is disappointing. I prefer to offer up my cigars as burnt offerings.

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