In this post, I review the Villiger La Capitana Toro cigar.
As I’ve previously discussed, I have been a loyal subscriber to Monthly Clubs’ Cigar of the Month Club since June 2016. From Monthly Clubs’ February Shipment, I previously reviewed the Drew Estate Tabak Especial Café con Leche and the PSyKo Seven Robusto.
This week, I’d like to discuss another cigar from Monthly Clubs’ February shipment: the Villiger La Capitana Toro.
In addition to the Villiger La Capitana Toro and the cigars I have already reviewed, February’s Cigar of the Month Club shipment included the following two cigars.
- Gilberto Oliva Reserva 550
- La Perla Habana Black Pearl Rojo Belicoso
In this post, I will review the Villiger La Capitana Toro, but I will discuss the rest in future posts. (You can also find my reviews of the Drew Estate Tabak Especial Café con Leche and the PSyKo Seven Robusto here and here respectively.)
Villiger La Capitana Toro
The Villiger La Capitana Toro is a medium to full-bodied Dominican cigar. The cigar was a bit more of an intense smoke. Even now as I write this review the morning after, the flavors of the Villiger La Capitana Toro still linger in my mouth.
I enjoyed this cigar overall, but I would not consider purchasing a box. Difficulties with the light made it a bit too high maintenance and a bit disappointing.
Its issues notwithstanding, however, it was a nice cigar, and it is very reasonably priced. Monthly Clubs is currently selling a box of 20 for $78.45. At about $3.93 per cigar, that’s a pretty good value for this cigar.
Since Monthly Clubs generally only carries supplies for a limited time, I’m not sure how long this deal will last.
I also found the Villiger La Capitana Toro for sale on holts.com for $44.95 for a box of 20. At $2.25 per cigar, this is an exceptional value. I don’t have experience with this site, however. So, I can’t recommend it one way or the other.
With a 6-inch length and a 50 ring gauge, the Villiger La Capitana Toro makes for a long smoke. The burn is slow, drawing out the length of the experience. I’d plan to spend at least an hour on the Villiger La Capitana Toro.
The Villiger La Capitana Toro is the fourth cigar I have sampled from Monthly Club’s February shipment. (I will publish my review of the third cigar I sampled, the Gilberto Oliva Reserva 550, shortly.)
While I found the Villiger La Capitana Toro to be my least favorite so far, it was still a good cigar. It had some minor construction problems, but I may have simply gotten a dud. The flavor profile was excellent, and I appreciated the smoke.
It went well, I thought, with a black cup of coffee.
The Villiger La Capitana Toro has a nice, oily brown wrapper. The wrapper fell somewhere between a Colorado and a Colorado Maduro coloring—see its picture.
It also had an apparent veiny appearance. So, it lacked the smoothness I prefer. The veins were the most obvious of all the cigars I have smoked in this month’s batch.
The Villiger La Capitana Toro did nonetheless have a slight oily sheen that I like to see.
The natural rounding of the cap was almost completely flattened out. It’s what you would expect from a Toro. Other than the size, this is the most apparent difference I notice between Toros and Coronas.
So, overall, the Villiger La Capitana Toro was an attractive cigar.
The punch was easy. I had no difficulty piercing the cap of the Villiger La Capitana Toro. The blade went in very cleanly without compromising the integrity of the cigar.
Later on, as the draw became more difficult (see below), I used my guillotine cutter to remove the cap completely. I was able to do so without much difficulty. Even then, the wrapper stayed together nicely.
Before lighting up, I was able to pull air through the Villiger La Capitana Toro with little residence. There were no signs of the slight difficulties with the draw that would lie ahead.
The cold taste suggested an excellent construction and a smooth smoke. While this turned out to not be the case, the trouble I had was not too extreme. (See below.)
The Villiger La Capitana Toro was firm to the touch but was not consistent throughout. It had some spongey spots in a few places. It felt like the tobacco was not evenly packed throughout the cigar.
While still consistent with the high quality you’d expect from a premium cigar, there appeared to be some sloppiness in putting the cigar together. This flaw could perhaps account for some of the inconsistency that I would experience later.
I had difficulties with the Villiger La Capitana Toro at two points before having to call it an early end. I was, however, able to recover from these two setbacks relatively quickly.
These issues notwithstanding, the Villiger La Capitana Toro smoked reasonably well. The draw was almost perfect in the beginning, but it got more difficult as the smoke progressed to the twenty-five percent point or so.
I finally cut the cap as the smoke passed the fifty-percent point. This immediately made the draw significantly easier.
As the burn line neared the band, I was able to peel it off without any difficulty.
Despite some imperfections in the smoke, the Villiger La Capitana Toro maintained its structural integrity throughout. Even with my having to relight it on multiple occasions, there was never any threat of the wrapper peeling away or significant canoeing or burn issues.
The flaw, however, appears to be in the unevenness of the roll. Given the quality of the brand and the cigar itself, I suspect that I may have simply gotten a less than quality roll.
Not every handmade cigar can be of the same quality. Perhaps I got one of the duds in the bunch. It’s possible that another cigar in the line would smoke perfectly.
The smell of the wrapper before lighting was smooth, almost sweet. The website explains there are citrus flavors in the Villiger La Capitana Toro, and perhaps that was what I was smelling. It seemed to fit. Yet, the sweet aroma was strong enough to put me off of any notion that it would be a light-bodied smoke.
The cold taste was sweet and perhaps a bit nutty. There was a smoothness to it that left me looking forward to the smoke.
After toasting the foot, the aroma was still a bit sweet but became spicier. This would foreshadow the flavor of the Villiger La Capitana Toro. (I detected only minimal sweetness during the actual smoke, but it was clearly spicy.)
Evenness of the Burn
The foot of the Villiger La Capitana Toro did not appear evenly cut. Instead, various small strands of leaf from the filler stuck out ever so slightly in a non-uniform manner. Perhaps this was intentional.
The foot took the flame easily but not evenly. It stubbornly resisted my efforts to impart an even light. With some effort, however, I was able to overcome this, but I had to take extra care not to char the cigar.
I had to work extra hard to light one part of the foot that seemed to stubbornly resist the flame after the rest of it had already begun glowing bright red. Again, this may have indicated a sloppy construction.
After the initial stubbornness, however, the burn took evenly. It quickly overcame the initial unevenness resulting from the first pocket of resistance. The slow-burning parts rapidly caught up with the rest of the cigar within just a few draws.
As the Villiger La Capitana Toro progressed toward the fifty-percent mark, it maintained its even burn throughout. Nevertheless, the draw became difficult rather abruptly, and the cigar went out. This forced me to relight it.
The Villiger La Capitana Toro proved to be a bit difficult to relight. Once I got it going again, however, it picked up where it left off, as if nothing had happened.
After the relight, the Villiger La Capitana Toro continued to maintain its even burn through the seventy-five percent mark. Whatever flaws in construction that may have caused the cigar to go out and the draw to become more difficult did not affect the burn.
Nevertheless, as the burn line reached the band, it went out again, forcing me once again to relight it.
This is a frustrating flaw in a cigar. This flaw alone makes me hesitant ever to purchase another Villiger La Capitana Toro. Again, however, I am open to the possibility that I simply got a dud. The flavor was excellent, so I don’t want to swear them off altogether.
The Villiger La Capitana Toro’s initial ash was black and gray and a bit crumbly. It suggested a cigar that may have been a bit too loosely packed in places.
In addition, in the beginning, rather than the flame’s burning smoothly and cleanly through the wrapper, the wrapper began to shrivel and wrinkle with the burn. The wrapper seemed to resist the flame that was burning in the filler beneath it.
While this eventually corrected itself, it suggested that something was not quite right.
I knocked the ash off rather easily after it had burned about an inch. It did not fall off on its own but instead required a light tap. I like this quality in a cigar. It spares me the fear that I will drop ash in my lap if I do not maintain constant vigilance.
The burn rate of the Villiger La Capitana Toro was a bit slow. While resting, however, it maintained a light and even burn—except when it took to maintaining no burn at all.
I had no indication that the cigar would go out prematurely—excepting perhaps the suddenly more difficult draw—until it rather quickly did. This was frustrating. Still, I would rather a cigar go out suddenly without warning then progressively weaken and force me to try in vain to revive it.
I found the Villiger La Capitana Toro to be a medium-bodied smoke. While Monthly Clubs rates the strength of the cigar at a 7, I feel that this may be too high. The cigar is a bit strong, but it is nothing overpowering. I suspect that even a novice cigar smoker should not have to fear that the smoke will induce nausea.
In the beginning, the Villiger La Capitana Toro’s flavoring was sweet, almost fruity, with a bit of spice. As the cigar progressed, the spiciness increased while the initial sweetness faded. The flavor also became more full-bodied as the smoke continued.
I am not sure, however, if this was a natural change in flavoring. It could have been the result of the extra puffing resulting from my efforts to get the cigar burning again after it went out. The increased difficulty of the draw that developed didn’t help, either.
Still, once the cigar got going back to normal, it seemed to become even more full-bodied. As I stated above, however, I did have to relight it twice. I fear it may have begun burning too hot, thereby strengthening the flavoring beyond reason.
After the cigar passed the seventy-five percent point, it began to grow harsh. It also started to go out for the third time. So, at that point, I just gave up.
I found the flavor profile to be nice. I could tell the cigar was more full-bodied, but it was nothing too abrasive, even after two relights. Overall, it was a potent but not too overpowering smoke.
Still, while I enjoyed the cigar, I was not overly impressed with it. It was just ok.
If I were to assign 10 points for the overall appearance of the cigar, 25 points for the lighting and burning properties, 30 points for its construction, and 35 points for flavor, I would rate this cigar as follows.
- Overall appearance: 10 points. I don’t care very much about the appearance of a cigar, but I do like seeing the oily sheen the Villiger La Capitana Toro possessed. I thought it was nearly perfect.
- Lighting and burning properties: 20 points. The cigar lit with only minor difficulty and burned evenly and perfectly through most of the cigars. While there were some moments of imperfection, the cigar usually corrected itself quickly. It did, however, go out rather suddenly on two different occasions. It went from burning perfectly to not burning at all. This significantly impacted the quality of the smoke.
- Construction: 25 points. The cigar seemed decently constructed with one or two bad points that turned a great cigar into a temporary mess. Yet, these flaws, while frustrating, were relatively small as the cigar was able to recover rather quickly.
- Flavor: 32 points. I greatly enjoyed the cigar’s flavor. It was nothing extraordinary, but it was enjoyable for a medium to full-bodied smoke. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was definitely excellent.
Final Grade: 87 / B
By way of comparison, Monthly Clubs gave it an 89. (I suspect they are both kinder and had a better experience with the cigar.)
Cigar of the Month Club
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