Back in January, Young of Tabu Cigars was a guest on CigarChat and detailed his three core offerings.  Young explained how he observes the KISS method with Tabu Cigars along with the rule of 3s.  Tabu Cigars offers 3 blends - Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Each blend is available in 3 different sizes - Robusto, Toro and Torpedo.  Today, we will visit the strongest offering of the three - the Tabu Gold.

Tabu Gold Toro

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano

 Binder: Dominican

Filler: HBA Ligero/Criollo 98 Seco

Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two

Cigar Purchased: Samples

Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.

The band on the Tabu Gold is black with gold embossing that says 'Tabu Lifestyle'. Overall, it is a very ornate band reminiscent of a tribal tattoo along the sides with a Polynesian warrior face as the main image. The cigar itself features a rustic looking lighter brown wrapper with visible veins and seams including one large vein running half the cigar's length.

As I clip the cap with my guillotine, I find the pre-light draw is a sweet and dry cedar flavor. The draw seems open - something I like. As I light the cigar, the flavors are very dry.  I get some red pepper on the front of the tongue with some dry sweet cedar on the finish.  The burn is fine, but not super straight.  The ash falls off after about an inch.  The draw is a little tighter than I would have expected off the cold draws.
After the ash falls off, I note that this dry red pepper flavor becomes dominant. The sweet cedar doesn't seem to be present right now, but we get a nice solid tobacco flavor. As I hit the halfway mark, the sweetness comes in and out, and the dry pepper flavors are dominant.  I'd say this is a fuller-bodied cigar, but probably in the medium-full range.
As I near the end, the cigar is burning a bit hot and getting a bit bitter. The flavors stayed pretty consistent throughout, but I'm choosing to put it down with about an inch left.

I'm actually pleasantly surprised by this cigar.  I, honestly, didn't expect much when I first started this cigar, but I've enjoyed this.  The cigar isn't the most complex cigar I've ever smoked, but its an enjoyable smoke and the flavors, while constant, deliver.  As I said above, while I consider this a medium-full cigar, I don't think it would be too much for those that like more mild cigars.  The pepper, while it waned at times, is the real story here, but, again, never overbearing.

Rating: 86 AKA “Couple"

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Comment by HardlyClerkin® on February 16, 2015 at 10:40am

Great review, have to get down and pick up a few of the Bronze and Silver. Good to know at least one of the line is decent and worth a look 

Comment by bob dog on February 16, 2015 at 11:01am
The Silver, Sumatra wrapper is very good too!

Comment by RobbyRas on February 16, 2015 at 11:40am

Glad to see this one offered some good flavors!  The Sumatra is a solid smoke as well...

Comment by Harley Holmes on February 16, 2015 at 12:12pm

I smoked two of the Golds.  Tobacco with a little pepper is a good description of the flavor profile.  Both of the cigars I smoked had construction issues.  

Comment by Timmc71 on February 16, 2015 at 12:40pm
Nice write up Matt I'm gonna try this one today.
Comment by Charlie on February 16, 2015 at 3:01pm

Haven't seen these locally...the Habano was the blend I was most interested in, sounds alright.

Comment by Mickey irratebass on February 16, 2015 at 3:50pm

Nice review Matt.......what is the "KISS Method?"

Comment by Matt Ross on February 16, 2015 at 4:05pm

@Mickey - KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on February 16, 2015 at 8:16pm

Matt uses these method for people like me :)

Comment by Fatkid on February 18, 2015 at 8:38am

this is exactly how i felt about the silver, decent cigar, but not something i am going to go out of my way to find.  Enjoyable for what it is.


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