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La Barba Cigars Box Pressed Toro

From Tony Bellatto and Craig Rossi comes a line blended for the connoisseur’s palate. With Tony’s training as a certified Sommelier and his experience as a tobacconist that marks the third generation of his family’s business, blending a cigar that was meant to be paired with wine and spirits seems to be a natural progression. Teaming with good friends Craig and Hunter Vogel (from Treasure Hunter Wines), they set out to blend a line that would entice a trained palate and be approachable to all. Traveling to the Aladino factory in Honduras, they arrived at a non-hybrid Corojo wrapper and binder with a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran filler that culminates in a medium-plus bodied cigar, complex in flavors that accent those found in your favorite libations.

From Labarbacigars.com: “We founded La Barba Boutique Cigars in 2010 after many different ideas, cigars and a few too many bourbons. We wanted to present a product to the marketplace that was not only fun but also focused on the craft of blending and making of something that we are both very passionate about… cigars.

After tossing around a lot of ideas, we decided to name the brand La Barba, which is Spanish for “the beard”. We agreed that we needed something that expressed us, as well as everyone around us. Individuality and the concept of expressing yourself is something that we strongly believe in. And we hope you see that in our cigars.

La Barba embodies the idea of the individual, focusing on the idea that everyone is different, their palates included. We will offer a dynamic array of small batch, limited edition products as well as a core group of static products. Focusing solely on quality and small production.

La Barba keeps the nostalgic, vintage feel and utilizes social media and viral advertising as well as personal interaction as marketing tools.

We believe in the artisanship of the craft of premium cigars and the culture and brotherhood it represents. Our passion is what drives us to succeed and we will operate this company on the basis of slow, steady profitable growth. We want to present a unique and unprecedented product as a lifestyle brand. We will focus on being approachable, comfortable, and fun. Family, friends, food, wine, beer and cigars are what we love. It is what we know and what we do best; this company is founded on our love and passion for those interests.”

First look is a smooth looking light brown Honduran Corojo wrapper. Pre light draw had slight resistance with flavors of earth, deep rich cedar and subtle sweet floral notes. Upon first light you are treated to a blast of sweet spice with notes of deep rich cedar and subtle pepper. After cruise control burn flavors of sweet cedar kick in and a rich woody core that is very prominent perfectly compliments flavors of bitter chocolate, slight sour leather, subtle spice and roasted almonds. The burn line started crooked but evened out at cruise control. Final third the dominant flavor of wood mellows out and flavors of earth, leather sweet cedar and slight spice balance out into a medium bodied cigar with a very nice enjoyable finish. Construction was a sturdy box press that started with slight resistance but quickly opened up. The burn line started crooked but evened out with no relights required, the ash was sturdy, non flaky and held past an inch point several times. The cigar was extremely enjoyable and I will be smoking it again.

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Five pack purchased from New Havana Cigars

Size: 6 x 52 Box Pressed Toro

Wrapper: Honduran Corojo

Binder: Honduran Corojo

Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran

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