Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan
Factory: Tabacalera Esteli (Nicaragua)
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Villiger San’Doro Claro – Pre-light

Like many cigar smokers, I typically choose a mild-medium cigar to start my day.  The toro Villiger San’Doro Claro  is my choice today. I am pairing it with a local coffee that’s light with floral notes.

Villiger San'Doro Claro Review

Sporting a gorgeous Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, this cigar appears near perfect.  The seams are difficult to see and the cap blends nicely with the light brown, caramel-colored wrapper.  Scents from the wrapper are dry hay and sweet tobacco.  From the foot I smell dry hay, wood scents and a little tingle of pepper.

Villiger San'Doro Claro Review

Villiger San’Doro Claro – First Third

Cedar, Mild Spice, Mild Tobacco, Cream, Black Pepper

A quick click of the torch and we are on our way.  I am careful, keeping the heat just close enough to toast the end.  I don’t want any self-inflicted char flavor starting my experience this morning.  The first bit of smoke is thick, finding  cedar at the front with a mild, peppery finish.  The draw is easy.  Plentiful just barely describes the smoke production.

As some of the smoke flows through the nostrils in a retro hale, the heat is very mild while maintaining that cedary  presence.  The ash appears firm and is very light gray, nearly white.  Just past the one inch mark, cream makes it’s way into the the mix.

Villiger San'Doro Claro Review

Just prior to the end of the first third, the ash loses it’s grip and falls.  A quick draw on the cigar and mild tobacco flavors saunter in quietly before exiting just as fast.  My tongue continues to tingle from the pepper.  The burn line is nice and even.

Villiger San'Doro Claro Review

Villiger San’Doro Claro – Middle Third

Cedar, Buttered Popcorn, Cream, Anise, Black Pepper

Without disappointing, this stick is rewarding me with mild cedar and buttered popcorn to start the middle third.  It’s an absolutely amazing combination of flavors.  The retrohale is free of any heat, allowing pure cream and cedar to indulge the senses.  The burn is slightly wavy but isn’t begging for a touchup at all.

Villiger San'Doro Claro Review

Making a surprise appearance, anise is finding room in the profile to shoulder in.  The anise flavor is mild and blends well with the existing flavors.  The finish is garnished with black pepper.

Villiger San’Doro Claro – Final Third

Cedar, Graham Cracker, Anise, Cashew, Black Pepper, Tobacco

This morning is nearly free of any breeze, allowing the foot smoke to really linger in the air around me.  It’s quite pleasant and I am thankful for the still air.

As I approach the finish of the San’Doro Claro, I am impressed with the complexity of this mild to medium smoke. This section isn’t straying far from the existing experience, allowing cedar to lead the way.  The cream has disappeared and is replaced by more of a graham cracker flavor.

Villiger San'Doro Claro Review

Of course, just as I finish typing those words, cashew scores a run sliding in safely.  Anise, mild black pepper and a bit of tobacco flavor finish off the profile in this final third.  Retrohaling is still very smooth with virtually no heat.  Glancing at my watch, I see that I’ve been smoking the San’Doro Claro Toro for just over one hour and five minutes.

Villiger San’Doro Claro Review
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Excellent Value for a Complex Connie

Flawless Burn and Construction

I really can't say enough good things about this cigar. This is an excellent choice for a first cigar of the day. It's complex enough to hold your interest and yet mild enough to ensure your palate isn't destroyed for successive cigars.
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