Wrapper: San Andres Mexican
Toro: 6 x 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacalera Fernandez)
Cigar Coop Review: Señor Rio Añejo Toro
Show Video: Episode 131
The Señor Rio Añejo is one of two cigars made by a company called Jalisco International Imports. The company was founded by Jonathan Gach, CEO and Debbie Medina, President back in 2009 (guests on Episode 130 of Stogie Geeks). Jalisco is best known for making a small batch line of tequila also called Señor Rio (the name and logo pay tribute to Medina’s father). Both Gach and Medina are cigar enthusiasts. Gach always had the dream of blending his own cigar and they eventually had an opportunity to meet with A.J. Fernandez in Nicaragua. This led to the development of both the Señor Rio Añejo and another cigar called the Señor Rio Diamonte. While the Diamonte was blended for Debbie’s palate, the Añejo was blended for Jonathan’s.
I found the Añejo Toro to start out with a blast of black pepper and asian spices. As the spices receded some of the espresso syrup notes emerged. The espresso syrup had a sweetness that coated the palette very nicely. I also detected some earthy notes and dark chocolate mix in. By the second half, there was more in the way of earth notes. The earth notes still delivered some nice sweetness. While there was an increase in spice, it never overwhelmed the palate. The flavors were full-bodied countered by medium to full strength.
Overall a great cigar. It pairs nicely with the company’s Señor Rio Añejo tequila. It’s a little pricey, but if you like a full-bodied A.J. Fernandez smoke, check this out.