Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cigar Review: Jameson Red Toro

By Gary Korb

Country of origin: Dom. Rep.
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Dominican
Binder: Honduran

This cigar is a new discovery for me. It's one of two line extensions made by Jameson; the Jameson Red series which is a medium-bodied blend; the other, the full-bodied Jameson Black Maduro series. I'll start by giving you a little teaser: if you enjoy cigars like Macanudo and Arturo Fuente, you'll probably appreciate what the Jameson Red has to offer.

The cigar sports an attractive Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with a buttery, latte-hued patina. My sample was virtually devoid of veins except on one side, but it didn't detract all that much from the overall appearance. The packing of the cigar was impressive, with hardly any soft spots, while a neatly-affixed triple cap tops the cigar with a somewhat flat head. The cap clipped-off cleanly, exposing a good portion of tobacco, and permitted a very easy draw. The pre-light flavor was somewhat nutty and toasty, which is why the Mac immediately came to mind.

Once lit, the smoke was mellow and creamy with an earthy-woody base and a pleasant aroma. The toasty-nutty flavors seeped though with a hint of sweetness on the finish for an enjoyably mellow first act.

By its midpoint, the cigar peaked to a medium-bodied character, while the creamy, toasty elements remained steady. The ash had a fine grain and held firm for close to an inch before each ashing. I also gave the cigar high marks for balance, roundness, and aroma.

During the last scene of Act III the smoke began to turn a little sharp, which soured the experience a little for me, but since it was so late in the game, I gave it a pass.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely, if you're a mild cigar smoker looking for a high-quality, medium-bodied cigar with more flavor (and kick) than you're used to.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 9
Burn: 9
Draw: 9
Flavor: 8
Aroma: 8
Final Score: 8.5

If you've smoked a Jameson Red, please let me know what you thought by leaving a comment.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bought a couple of these to try out based on the review here at Cigar Advisor and they are pretty good. They are up there with some of my other favorites such as the Bolivar Dominican, Excalibur 1066 and others. They are a very good smoke for the money (although not cheap) and I am always looking for good cigars at reasonable prices. I also purchased a double cigar holder, and now I don’t lose any cigars on the golf course and am a very happy camper!

Just my $0.02 worth.