Review of Recluse Amadeus Toro Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Amadeus is the third line of Recluse brand cigars produced by the Iconic Leaf Cigar Company and J.R. Dominguez. These cigars are made in the Dominican Republic with Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrappers, and a blend of Dominican fillers along with some Pennsylvania Broadleaf. According to the company's website, every tobacco leaf in Recluse cigars go through eight fermentation cycles. The cigars are rolled by hand in the Entubar style, and are also box pressed. The Toro size that I sampled measures 6¼ inches in length with a ring gauge of 50. Before ever lighting it up, the Recluse Amadeus appeared to be one impressive cigar, and the Toro was reasonably priced at about $8.50 per stick.
After lighting up, I first noticed a peppery taste with a hint a sweetness. The cigar was medium bodied, and after about five minutes into the smoke, the taste also became creamy to go along with the pepper. This was not a pepper bomb by any means, but the predominate flavors were cream and pepper. The cigar had a very good draw, even burn, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 55 minutes that it took me to smoke the cigar down to 2½ inches remaining.
The Recluse Amadeus was a very pleasant and unintimidating cigar, and would make a good choice for newer cigar smokers. I rate it with a very respectable 3.75 points on a 5-point scale.