Vintage Cigar J.L. Salazar y Hermanos Reserva Especial Series Toro is an extremely limited edition Maduro. Only 100 boxes are made per series because the dark and rich Maduro wrapper is so rare. These box-pressed beauties provide rich clouds of smoke and a refined taste that is a notch up from the regular J.L. Salazar line. The master rollers have handmade each one to draw and burn perfectly. The tobacco leaves are aged for over four years and specially cured through four hanging fermentations. This is the exclusive curing process that the Salazar brothers brought over from Cuba. It's what makes these vintage cigars so special. The Filler is sun-grown Cuban Seed Habano tobacco from Tabacalera Esteli. The Binder is a wrapper quality Cuban Seed Habano leaf and the Wrapper is a flawless Maduro Cuban-seed leaf. This full-bodied cigar has a powerful, yet smooth taste. Every cigar is made in the same old fashioned way the Salazar Family made them in Cuba.
The taste is as delightful as the vintage cigar is to the eye. It starts with leather, licorice, cocoa and white pepper notes that quickly transform to creamy clouds of bittersweet and dark chocolate with licorice and earthy tones, and just enough pepper notes. Floral undertones blend in for a refined complex finish that will have you wanting to light another. The Toro is 6 inch long and has a ring gauge of 52.
Since 1810, when the Salazar family settled in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, they have been growing some of the worlds best tobacco and handcrafting fine Cuban cigars. At 12 noon every day, the 4 Salazar brothers would meet in the porch of elder brother Mario’s house. Mario would open his burlap bag which contained the finest tobacco leaves of the farm’s harvest. The cured leaves were perfect in appearance and taste. They were envied by all the farmers in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba’s prime tobacco growing region. The burlap bag would be passed around and each brother would roll their own cigars. They would each roll enough for the day’s smoke. Each would have a different preferred size but the blend would always be the same for all four brothers.
Mario’s sons, J.L. Salazar and his brothers, have carried on that tradition and special blend of tobacco leaves in these exquisite boutique premium cigars. The J.L. Salazar y Hermanos Reserva Especial cigars are totally handmade by a master roller. They use the secret blend that the Salazar Brothers brought from Cuba and with only the finest Cuban Seed leaves. The mellow and rich premium taste is unmatched. After trying these cigars, you too will know why J.L. Salazar and his brothers are so proud of their family tradition.
Posted by Andre Cassano on 29th Jun 2016
this cigar was a real treat - the construction is excellent - the smoke time was 1:45 minutes - during the whole smoke it performed beautifully - well worth the reasonable price - the flavors were great - i even smelled chocolate near the end - i will defiantly order more from this maker - maybe try the torpedo - the high quality and burn time was excellent - thanks Cuban Crafters for selling such a quality product - the storage and shipping was flawless - they arrived in Canada in great condition
Posted by FM on 23rd May 2014
Very flavorful and well rolled cigars. The taste is great and the price is tremendous! Great product.
Posted by Rich on 13th Nov 2013
My current favourite for value and enjoyment of smoke is the box pressed Tony Alvarez Maduro's. Being out of stock, I tried these instead. Even though they cost more, they are very very nice to smoke. Very even, very enjoyable. If my TA's aren't available in the future and these are, I'll be getting more.