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
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
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.