Cigar Czars



Review of Shady Moose Toro Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

Shady Moose is a more recent line (March 2023) of Chillin' Moose cigars that are distributed by the Forged Cigar Company. Shady Moose cigars are made in Honduras with tobaccos from six countries. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Connecticut, the binder is Mexican, and the fillers are a blend of tobaccos from the U.S., Columbia, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. These cigars are available in three sizes; a Robusto (5.5 x 50) priced at $4.79, a Toro (6 x 52) priced at $4.99, and a Gigante (6 x 60) priced at $5.49. For more information, please check out the press release.

The sample Shady Moose Toro cigars started off with a decent amount of pepper that moderated a bit after 5-10 minutes. It took me a couple of attempts to fully light the first sample, but it burned just fine thereafter, as did the other samples which had no issues. After about 10 minutes, the pepper was joined by a creamy taste, but pepper was still the dominant flavor, and the body was mild-to-medium. A few minutes later, hints of a leathery taste also emerged. The remainder of the cigar had a predominant peppery flavor along with some leather and just hints of cream in the background.

It took me a pretty consistent 45 minutes to smoke each of the sample Shady Moose Toro cigars down to two inches remaining. All samples burned evenly, held a long ash, and had a good draw. No touch-ups nor relights were required, except at the start of the first sample.

The Shady Moose is somewhat of an atypical cigar for being mild-to-medium bodied, being made with a Connecticut-seed wrapper, and having a predominate peppery flavor. Whether that is good or not depends on how much you like pepper, which is usually good when used in moderation to accentuate other flavors, as opposed to being the main course. I rate the Shady Moose Toro with a decent 3.5 points on a 5-point scale, and consider it to be a good value at only $5 bucks per stick.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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