Toro, 6” x 54 ring gauge / $11.35, Burns
In 2009, I missed out on the original release of the Partagas Master Series honoring Benji Menendez. I never saw a single box in any store...but I had a lot going on that year, so that’s probably the biggest reason why. I have been gifted a few of them in the intervening years, from Keith, from a friend in Nashville...and several that I got my hands on during the General Cigar-sponsored trip to the Dominican Republic in 2011. I really enjoyed the blend, so I was excited to see the new shipment of them come in at Burns in December. I picked it up and my first thought was, “Is this a different size?” I just seemed like a bigger ring gauge...and it is. The original release was a Corona Gorda really, measuring 6” x 46 ring. This has the same length but a 54 ring gauge, so I’ve called it a Toro, although it may be at the outer limit of ring gauge for that size...closing in on a Toro Grande, Toro Gordo, Double Toro...whatever arbitrary term you may want to apply to a cigar this size. The LX moniker on this cigar is Roman numerals for “60” as this cigar celebrates 6 decades that Benji Menendez has been in the cigar business. Like the original, this stick features fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, a Connecticut habano binder, and a dark Cameroon wrapper leaf.
On second thought: I wrote this piece a couple weeks ago, but just this morning read this piece on halfwheel.com heralding the return of the original Majestuoso vitola as well as an additional one in the works. Should be showing up by mid to late spring.