Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $6.75 each
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I never really heard of this brand until early this year after talking to Todd Dailey at Good Karma Cigar in Amarillo. Todd has been spot on in hitting my comfort spot with cigars I am not too familiar with. All I tell the crew at Good Karma is “What do you got that is new?” or “What do you have that I haven’t had yet?” and BLAMO!,… they hit me with a package of sticks that is like unwrapping a gift from a secret Santa. Awhile back I got this stick, the Forcade Toro. Not much information is out there about this brand and the people behind it. I do know that these cigars are blended by Jaime Garcia at the My Father factory. Forcade does have facebook page but I got no response when trying to get info from them, and then got no dice when trying to call their listed business number. So what little I know of the brand was supplied by Good Karma. Now to the review,….
Good looking,… very good looking cigar. Perfectly round, smooth, and packed well. The wrapper has very minor veins. I love lighter shade cigars, probably because I love Cuban cigars so much, and the look of this cigar is no different. Triple cap is perfectly applied. Black tea and leather notes characterize the wrapper and even more black tea aromas carry over to the foot with hints of sweet tobacco.
I gave the cigar the pre-light once-over and it is typical of My Father factory construction, basically flawless. After the cut, the head offers a little more resistance than I like, but I figure I can mull through it. The ash during the burn holds on for almost 2 inches before falling off. The ash is grey in coloration. It was difficult in determining whether the few touch ups I had to make to the cigar were due to the wind or the stick, because it was quite windy outside. I’ll say it was the wind and forgive the Forcade.
When I started this cigar, I immediately wondered where the peppery spice went to, but then had to remind myself this is Jaime’s blend, not Pepin’s. What little pepper that was present was backed by baking spice. Nuts and earth emerge next, but nothing quite impressive and I am in a lull from the beginning. The smoke is dry and sucks the moisture out of my mouth, but has a slight sweetness to it. Possibly a touch of clove came out near the end of the 1st third. In the sweet spot of the cigar, I got heavy amounts of nuttiness and wood flavors, and the baking spice component has dialed back a bit. The smoke is creamy and smooth,… quite enjoyable I might add. The last third mellows out in intensity of flavor (not that there was a whole lot of flavor to begin with). The cigar didn’t evolve enough for me to really want to get to know it and appreciate it. The finish is medium bodied.
$6.75 puts this one at the low end of the totem pole of prices of My Father factory cigars. I believe it has a good amount of flavor, construction, and pedigree to request its price tag.
Overall Rating : (3.25)
If you wanted to introduce someone to the Garcia Family cigars without throwing them in the deep end of pepperiness and strength, then this would be a good place to start. Forcade kind of reminds me of the Vegas Cubanas and El Rey de Los Habanos marcas in flavor profile and strength; none of them complex, but all enjoyable in their own right for some decent amount of change.