Okay, have you ever been told about someone’s friend you just have to meet? Some matchmaker told you this person was sweet, wonderful, unique, easy to talk to, beautiful, and to top it off smells great. You set up a time to meet and were impressed by her appearance. She was a little smaller than you had heard, but then you learned she had lost some weight recently (though her previous size was just fine, perhaps what you’d normally prefer). As the conversation began you were pleased, though she was a little more forceful than you imagined. Then again you do enjoy a strong personality. The more you talked the more you realized this little lady had an edge to her and half way through the conversation you were looking at the clock and hoping either things would get better or you could find a way out soon. Not long after you knew she was not the sweet little beauty you hoped for, but was harsh and hard to handle. Perhaps her weight loss accounted for her crankiness? Before the talk was even done you were out of there and she left you with a bad taste in your mouth.
Well, that was my first impression of the new version of the Sangre de Toro (Bull’s Blood) released by Jesus Fuego at the IPCPR this year. The smaller 5-inch perfecto version (tapered at both ends and slightly broad in the middle) just didn’t live up to the praise its larger family members have received. Upon lighting it had a nice spicy and earthy aroma with a smooth draw. The excellent draw and plentiful smoke continued to the end. The spice continued to grow but by halfway through took a turn for the worse leaving an acidic bitter aftertaste. The Fuego family has been producing excellent cigars for years and I was surprised to have such an unpleasant experience as I did. So I owed it to them to give another one a try. This time it was a lot better, but still not up to the accolades of Jesus Fuego and others. These smokes were all from the same package received at the IPCPR so perhaps it is just a fluke. I will revisit this smoke another day with the hope of a more happy result.
Editor’s Note: Upon revisiting the Sangre de Toro after letting them sit in a humidified environment for a month we have found our pack to have been a little young, and the latter sticks to be much better. The Sangre will definitely be reviewed again down the line when they hit the shelves to give a more full picture of this diminutive powerhouse!
Rating: 6/7 (after time and humidification)
Strength: Medium +
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Colorado
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo & Criollo
Size: 5 inches