Line: Serie F
Size: 6″ x 50
Origin: Dominican Republic
Price: $7 USD
I have kept about five of these cigars in my humidor for the past three years. I tried one about two years ago and now I have tasted my second one. This particular stick is the second one that I decided to smoke the night that I got together with the Toronto Cigar Club. If you read my previous review regarding the Alec bradley Black Market Hooligan you would have know that I smoked two cigars that night and thus had to write two separate reviews on each stick.
The Fonseca Serie F Toro is a smooth stick with tight invisible seems and a nicely constructed cap. The foot showed signed of a light, yet dense pack with an even give throughout. The construction appeared to be flawless, and with the cut from my cigar scissors the draw proved to be equally as good. I toasted and lit the cigar with my butane torch and was greeted by the tastes of cedar and milky cream. I couldn’t quite distinguish the taste of the cream, but it was somewhat reminiscent of almonds.
First Third (1/3) – 25 min
The first third was burning quite slowly, and I was averaging about two puffs per minutes. The smoke volume was great and the aroma was pleasant, but the only notes I could distinguish were hay and tobacco. The entire third was dominated by the taste of hay, but the initial taste of milky cream vanished after the first few puffs. This third could be described as uniform.
Second Third (2/3) – 20 min
This third proved to be as uniform and unchanging as the previous. there were no discernible changes in flavour profile, body or strength (which was non existent).
Final Third (3/3) – 15 min
The cigar once again lacked any noticeable changes in any of its major flavour characteristics. As it burned down passed the band point it began to get almost to hot to hold. It was at this point the the heat from the smoked masked whatever few flavours that were once present which thereby singled me to lay the cigar down in the ashtray to burn out.
Total Smoke Time: 1h
The cigar proved to be an overall consistent stick. I don’t want anyone to read this review and look at the lack of notes as a signal that this cigar is an anyway bad. This is not the case at all! If you enjoy those particular flavours (hay, tobacco) then you will be in for a treat since they are flavours that persist throughout the burn. Of course since all cigar reviews are 100% subjective I must take into account this lack of transition. Like I have said in previous reviews, I like to smoke a consistent stick every once and a while, and because of that I am rating the Fonseca Serie F Toro on The Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale a:
By: Steven Umbrello
Steven Umbrello is a student of philosophy and an avid cigar and pipe smoker. He has been smoking cigars and pipes for over five years and has made it his mission to learn as much about the industry as possible. He has attended some high profile cigar events and is a leading member of the Toronto Cigar Club. You can find more from Steven at his blog The Leather Library Blog.