Sunday, August 10, 2008

El Titan de Bronze Gold Connecticut (corona)


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Just in time for the summer Olympics, we have cigars made in the gold medal cigar manufacturing mecca, Little Havana, Miami Florida. The El Titan de Bronze Cigar company which used to sell exclusively from their location in Florida is now making their cigars available to the general public via selected retail tobacco outlets. Established since 1995, the factory employs all "level 9" rollers who make cigars in the traditional Cuban style of tubing the filler (entubado) and then finishing off with a triple cap. The cigars are then inspected by a master roller/blender to ensure a high standard of quality. Their website also states that they only produce in small quantities to ensure quality and consistency of their product.


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I would have to agree that the cigars made from El Titan de Bronze are quite attractive. The cigar band adorning their Gold line of Connecticut shade wrapper is a stunning design using red and white with gold accents. The band even states, "Handmade, Little Havana, Miami". The cigar itself would do all Americans proud with it's quality construction. The Connecticut shade wrapper is pretty much vein free and smooth to the touch. There were no noticable imperfections on this creamy tan colored gem.


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The aroma of the cigar wrapper was a sweet, earthy scent, while the foot smelled strongly of raisins. After clipping the cap easily with my Palio cutter and testing the draw, I found the draw to be free and clear. The pre-light flavor was reminiscent of graham crackers. The cigar itself feels spongy yet packed full of tobacco. I took great care lighting the foot to avoid burning too much of the wrapper to start. The amount of smoke you get when you draw on the cigar was nice and heavy. You definitely should not smoke this around anyone who is bothered by cigar smoke because the smoke aroma is pretty smelly and thick.


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The flavors start out pretty mild with just a slight tingle of spice on the tongue. You get a woody tang along with some vanilla-like sharpness. The finish is clean and dry. I also picked up a slight dried straw flavor. At about the one inch point, the flavors start to smooth out a little. The burn line was sharp yet angled, but not enough to make me touch it up with my torch. I was bothered by the dry finish though. It feels like you're smoking dessicant beads in your cigar because it leaves your mouth void of saliva.


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The second third of the cigar started off by tasting like vanilla laced paper with a slight bite of leather. You also get a little pepper scratch to the back of your throat. Eventually the cigar develops a more rich leather flavor but the finish remains short and dry. At one point I thought I tasted some nuts, but it never came back so maybe I was "nuts" thinking it was there in the first place. The last third of the cigar moves up in scale to the medium range. The rich leather flavor is front and center with not a whole lot else going on around it. The strength of this cigar is mild and should be tolerated easily by a novice cigar smoker.


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Overall, the cigar burned fairly well with no touch ups required. It stayed nice and cool to the end, although you probably won't want to nub this cigar. It does get a little harsh at the end, so I would recommend stopping at the band. The flavors aren't very complex and for $4.72 a cigar, I would say that the price is right for this American made cigar. I would probably recommend it to a beginner cigar smoker but not to a more experienced one. I find that the Perdomo Champagne and the Devil's weed cigars are much better choices for mild smokes. But, if you're like me, a person who tries to support family run American businesses, you should give this cigar a try. If not this cigar, then try their "Redemption" line of cigars. This cigar was reviewed by Cigar Jack as well as the Stogie Review. I finally want to thank Silo cigars for providing me with free samples of the Gold and Redemption cigars. I look forward to smoking and reviewing the El Titan de Bronze Redemption corona very soon.

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