Review: God of Fire Serie B Gran Toro
For those of you that don’t know…
At IPCPR earlier in the year, one of the most anticipated releases of the year is the God of Fire Serie B, which uses a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Wrapper and the other cigar in the release uses a Ecuadorian Sun Grown Wrapper.
Says Wikipedia about Prometheus:
In Greek mythology, Prometheus (Greek Προμηθεύς, “forethought”) is a Titan, the son of Iapetus and Themis, and brother to Atlas, Epimetheus and Menoetius. He was a champion of mankind, known for his wily intelligence, who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals. Zeus then punished him for his crime by having him bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day.
The God of Fire Serie B cigars have been released in two different vitolas (with two different wrappers), although both sizes have the same filler and binder as the Regular God of Fire release). They are:
- God of Fire Serie B Gran Toro — (6 x 56) — Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Wrapper
- God of Fire Serie B Robusto Gordo 54 — (5 1/2 x 54) — Ecuadorian Sun Grown Wrapper
There are 750 boxes of 10 (so 7,500 total cigars) released of each of the Serie B blends, along with 75 Jars of 25…the Gran Toro has the Silver and Black jar (below), while the Robusto Gordo comes in the Red and Black jar.
(Photo courtesy Prometheus)
Here is what the boxes for the God of Fire Serie B Gran Toro look like:
But enough of that, let’s get down to business, shall we?
- Cigar Reviewed: God of Fire Serie B Gran Toro
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Factory: Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia.
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder: Dominican Republic
- Filler: Dominican Republic
- Size: 6 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 56
- Vitola: Gran Toro
- MSRP: $24.00 (Boxes of 10, $240.00)
- Date Released: December 2011
- Number of Cigars Released: 750 Boxes of 10 Cigars (7,500 Total Cigars)
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
The cigar itself has an extremely dark espresso brown wrapper that is fairly smooth to the touch. It has the perfect amount of give when squeezed, and smells strongly of barnyard, sweet cedar and dark chocolate, with a little bit of black pepper thrown in.
The First Third starts off with just a tad of spice on the lips, along with flavors of coca, leather, wood and an underlying sweetness that is really nice. It is a great fruity, raisiny sweetness (albeit not very strong), and really increases the complexity of the First Third. Not much smoke production for the first fifteen puffs or so, but it really picks up after that.
The Second Third still has that wonderful fruity note, but the dominant flavors changed to more of an espresso/coca mix, along with some cedar and leather. The spice from the First Third is gone, but there is some black pepper on the retrohale. I can feel the strength increasing, and by the end of the Second Third, it is easily in the medium-full range.
The Final Third mellows just a bit, but the profile also becomes a bit more creamy while retaining the fruity sweetness. It did not get hot (at all) at the end, and the strength was a fairly consistent medium for the entire stick.
- I have to say, I love the band and logo on these cigars. While I think the same logo on the box is a bit overdone, it looks great on the cigar even if a bit overdone. It looks like the band on an expensive cigar.
- I really enjoyed the fruity sweetness that this cigar exhibited throughout the smoke — a really nice note that really stands out.
- The Maduro wrapper that is used on the God of Fire Serie B Gran Toro is the same wrapper that Fuente uses for some of its releases, although specifics were not available.
- While the Gran Toro and the Robusto Gordo are the only releases for Serie B this year, there will be more vitolas in 2012, although sizes have not been finalized.
- Although I had just a small problem getting one of them lit, construction is everything you would expect from a $20 cigar: perfect draw and great burn for all samples I smoked.
- This is a big cigar, and each sample I smoked took just over 2 Hours to finish.
- Our friend Jay over at CigarPhoto.net has posted a review of the other Serie B release (with the Sun Grown wrapper) today (which you can find HERE) and is giving some away as well.
- If you would like to purchase some of the God of Fire Serie B, just call up Jeff at Tobacco Grove at (763)-494-6688, he has plenty to sell and tell them we sent you!
The Bottom Line: While I have enjoyed the regular God of Fire, albeit the Don Carlos more than the Carlito blend, the Serie B Gran Toro is a whole new ballgame. The ever present fruity sweetness, which I was not expecting, despite the Maduro wrapper, really set the rest of the profile off, and I was impressed with the complexity and the rich profile that this cigar exhibited, which is NOT a given, even with the pricetag. They should also age well, which is always a consideration. Having said all of that, the main question you are likely asking yourself is: Is this cigar worth $20? For me, the answer is yes, but these will only be smoked when I feel the need for something decadent.
Final Score: 90