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Highclere Castle Victorian Toro - 2020 #21 Cigar of the Year


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Selected by Cigar Aficionado 2020 #21 Cigar Of The Year – Rated 93


When George Carnarvon, the Eighth Earl of Carnarvon, commissioned Foundation Cigar Company to make a cigar named after his famous English castle in Highclere, Hampshire, Highclere Castle Victorian Toro was born. The project is actually a collaboration between Foundation and AJ Fernandez, who makes the cigars at his state-of-the-art factory in Nicaragua. The blend is comprised of Nicaraguan filler tobacco, a Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and a dark, oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leaf. Every bit as luxurious as the castle it’s named after, Highclere Castle Victorian has earned a 93 rating in Cigar Aficionado and a spot on the Top 25 Cigars of 2020.


Simple, yet fancy red and gold bands hug each expertly crafted vitola. A nearly seamless roll ensures an even burn, a sharp ash, and an easy draw that produces plenty of silky white smoke. Black pepper is the first thing to hit the palate, bringing about the familiar Nicaraguan spice that AJ Fernandez is so well-known for. Shortly thereafter, earthy tobacco flavor, cream, and cedar join the mix, with a sweet finish through the nose. Notes of chocolate, cinnamon, and red pepper are noticeable throughout the delightfully simple smoking experience, and by the end Highclere Castle Victorian finishes just above medium-bodied. The 6” x 52 Toro size is quite popular and offers a stout, yet mellow take on the flavor profile.


Made with the discriminating aficionado in mind, Highclere Castle Victorian is an upper tier cigar aimed at more experienced smokers. The profile is quite simple, yet subtle complexities contained therein call for a well-seasoned palate for true enjoyment. This blend pairs well with bourbon, red wine, or even coffee, and is appropriate for any time of the day. Fans of AJ Fernandez sticks such as New World or Bellas Artes will likely thoroughly enjoy the blend in question. For some of us, a good cigar gives us the taste of luxury we need to enjoy the fruits of our labor. That taste of luxury gets a whole lot better with Highclere Castle Victorian Toro, so don’t hesitate to try one the next time you are in search of something new!

Additional Information
Strength ●●●●○ Medium-Full
Brand Highclere Castle
Size 6 x 52
Wrapper Ecuadorian Habano
Binder Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler Nicaraguan
Origin Nicaragua
Shape Toro

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