Fogo – Connecticut
Fogo is a fairly new brand from the same guys who own Brazil Cigars and Tobacco. If that sounds familiar, these are the same people who make Dona Flor Brazilian puro’s. I’m a huge fan of those cigars. Ed and I have reviewed them a few times. When Dana Sheldon, the president of the company, came to Ed’s 5th anniversary celebration, he let me know of this new line. I was surprised that there was not a drop of tobacco in it from Brazil. What does Fogo mean? I think it translates to “Fire.” Hence the volcano on the band. Dana was kind enough to give me samples of two blends, the Connecticut and Habano wrapped version. Stay tuned for that review. In the mean time, I offer you my thoughts on the Fogo Connecticut. As always, I paired this cigar with PUR filtered water.
Wrapper: Connecticut seed grown in Ecuador
Size: 5 x 54
Price: Around $5.00
Pre-Smoke & Construction:
The light brown wrapper had a nice appearance with minimal flaws. A few small veins and a little bit of a toothy appearance is about it. The wrapper had an odor of earthiness and natural tobacco, while the foot had more of a wood with mild spice aroma. The cigar was very firm and evenly packed. The pre-light draw was a little snug, but within my tolerance. The pre-smoke taste was toasty and woody.
The ash held for an inch, and the burn required a couple minor corrections.
First third was mild in body with simple flavors. Mild earthy notes were in the background. A toasty nuttiness was up next, with a slight peppery spice on the retro-hale.
The second third was very similar to the first, but there were some differences. Some draws had a creamy feel, and others were crisp and toasty. Passing smoke through the nose, that spicy pepper slightly increased in strength. The smoke coated the inside of the mouth and the body increased into the upper mild range. Otherwise, the earthy and nutty flavors were the same.
The last third increased in strength a little. Although the flavor profile didn’t really change, it seemed more refined and smooth. The smoke feel became a little creamier with a nice spicy aftertaste.
This was a good mild bodied cigar. The flavors were simple but good. If I were to complain, the flavor profile was one dimensional and similar to many Connecticut wrapped cigars. Personally, I really enjoy this smoke with coffee. This is quite a departure from my coveted Dona Flor brand, but I see the market that this cigar is aimed at. If you like mild and reasonably priced cigars, I would have to recommend the Fogo Connecticut.
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