In 1995, a company by the name of Maya Selva Cigars entered into the cigar industry and entered in the European market rather than the United States. They started out in France, and they started out with a Connecticut release from Honduras titled Flor de Selva. Well, it has been 20 years since the cigar was first released and after many awards in Europe the line has come to the United States and is making their way into stores across the nation. The line is packed with numerous vitola offerings, most with their own unique blend, but even with a lar selection of blends and sizes there was not one vitola that really spoke to the American market. This spring however, the company announced that they would be adding a toro offering to the line. a size most Americans get behind, and that it would be showcased at the IPCPR trade show. I have always enjoyed the line and it’s offering, so I was excited to see how it smoked in the “American toro” offering. Let the review begin!
Cigar: Flor de Selva "Connecticut" Toro
Country of Origin: Honduras
Factory: Tabacos de Oriente
Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut
Ring Gauge: 52
The cigar has a beautiful wrapper that is silky in texture, sporting very few veins, and has a nice Claro coloring. There are faint touches of Colorado and Natural present as well, but overall it has that Connecticut coloring. Rolled well, the cigar is firm in hand and has a nice cap to finish it off. There is an aroma of sweet cedar, hay, soft spices and sugar on the wrapper, and the foot is giving off an aroma of dry grass, manure and spices.
The first third opens up by showing some nice smooth and creamy flavors, and it is a nice Connecticut offering. There is a touch of sweetness present, it has this Crème brûlée flavor going on, and I am getting some white pepper, floral and cedar notes with that. There is a finish of hay and soft tobacco, and this is a nice blend. I would classify the cigar as being medium in flavors, body and strength, and it is a very approachable cigar. The construction thus far has been spectacular, and it is delivering an even burn line with a nice charcoal colored ash on the end. The draw is smooth, producing a good bit of smoke, and I am enjoying this experience.
When I enter into the second third of the cigar I find there is a nice addition in the flavor profile and it is beginning to show some coffee notes that are paired with the creamy and tobacco aspects from before. There is still a touch of sweetness present and it has a nice finish of those floral and white pepper flavors. The cigar is still smoking around that medium level for body and strength, and the flavors are there as well. The construction remains top notch in this third also and it is showing an even burn line with that charcoal ash on the end. The draw remains cool, producing a nice amount of smoke, and this remains a solid Connecticut that a lot of smokers could get behind.
I am in the final third of the cigar now and I am finding that it is closing in a natural manner, and it is showing some great Honduran flavors. I am getting that creamy and white pepper quality from the wrapper, but there are also some tobacco, dried wood and floral qualities with that. I am getting a touch of sweetness and coffee notes, but they are not the focus but positive additions. I would say that the cigar is smoking at a medium level in this third, similar to that of the first and second third, and it has super construction. The burn line is razor sharp to the end and with that is a smooth and cool draw with a nice charcoal ash that is holding on firmly to the end.
Flor de Selva Connecticut Toro is a nice addition to the line and while it delivers those “classic Connecticut qualities,” there are some unique aspects and that comes from it being entirely Honduran. Connecticut seed wrappers are known for particular flavors, but there is a big difference between the seed being grown in Ecuador, Honduras and the state of Connecticut. I feel that the Honduran grown seed shows a more floral and spicy quality, and I like its application in blends. Especially with this cigar! The cigar delivered a flavor profile that was fairly complex and it had depth throughout the entire experience. There was a slight bit of transitioning, but it had a consistent body and strength level, as well as flavors. The construction was simply fantastic, and it was an easy and relaxing smoke from start to finish. I am not one to have a lot of Connecticuts on hand, I don’t smoke those wrapper offerings often, but it is a cigar I would recommend to many as it is an offering that many could get behind. I give the cigar an 88 rating and it is a cigar I would have in my humidor for when I wanted to share a quality but softer cigar with a "novice smoker," while still being able to smoke the same cigar.
Rating: 88 "5 Pack"
Cigars for this assessment were provided by Maya Selva Cigars.