Potter Cigars Toro “Bull” Maduro Review “the art of smoking”
Since his introduction into the fascinating world of tobacco, David Potter has made it a priority to understand and appreciate its quality. As a result, he has developed a demanding and exquisite sense of smell to appreciate different aromas and flavors that combine in a quality tobacco. He truly savors the art of smoking a good cigar, sharing it with friends, and pairing it with a drink and good music to enhance every day life.
In 1492, the first settlers of the island of Hispaniola knew and used snuff. Writers explained how the main magical or religious ceremony of the Taino was an act in which the sorcerer inhaled through the nose some hallucinogenic drugs to make contact with their gods. The snuff was used by the Taino not just to smoke it but also to heal and was on the first voyage of the Admiral in 1492. Among other indigenous groups, i.e. the Red Indians of North America, the smoking of snuff was used to strengthen their peace treaties (i.e. “smoking the peace pipe”). This early cigar smoking was then a way to symbolize peace between groups that were previously fighting. Upon their arrival in the Dominican Republic, the Spanish quickly adopted the use of snuff. However, it was really the African slaves who most enthusiastically adopted the habit of smoking as they felt that it alleviated their fatigue.
The Bull has a gorgeous toothy wrapper with a unique sweet aroma. A very soft and rich smell on the pre-light. Plenty of noticeable oils with a dark and very rich looking cigar.
1st quarter: Starts off with a very easy and smooth draw that delivered full flavored clouds of smoke. There was a creamy texture to the smoke with some sweet characters developing. Light tobacco notes started to blossom as the cigar gradually burned. 2nd quarter: Full rich flavors stared to hit the palate. Good creaminess continued open up nicely as the cigar burned. Good open draw allowed full flavor through in big clouds of dense smoke. The 1st and 2nd quarter held onto a slightly flaky colored ash. 3rd quarter: Sweet and creamy smoke dominated the palate. Very light body with a rich texture. Mild smoke hit the palate and remained consistent. Big earthy flavors remained steady with an even burn that produced a long ash. 4th quarter: The flavor of earthiness remained and creamy richness stayed. Very luring earthy tones continued to develop and delivered big clouds of dense smoke. Some underlying sweetness on the finish and in the aroma.
The aroma continued to intensify in richness and developed. Full flavored with a unique texture and ever present sweetness and creamy characters were consistent. Overall a very good construction, smooth draw, long ash and an even burn made the Potter cigar a pleasant smoke.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: Sinder Lounge Marina Del Rey, CA.
Time Smoked: 2 hour 10 minutes.
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro.
Size: 6” x 52.
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