I have previously smoked the 3 Kingdoms Robusto for a review that can be found here. Typically if I am reviewing the same cigar in multiple vitolas I do a “Vitola Battle” where I smoke and rate the vitolas for comparison. However, in the case of the Stolen Throne 3 Kingdoms, I elected to review these separately. The reason for this is because the Stolen Throne crew had done a barrel pick with Nashville Barrel Company and I was graciously offered a sample of this pick from a friend who purchased a bottle for a pairing with this 3 Kingdoms Toro. I then forgot about that in the downtime between that conversation and the bottles being released. Fortunately, I now will have a review of the cigar by itself that can be coupled with the pairing article.
As for some information on this cigar - The 3 Kingdoms by Stolen Throne Cigars is the third regular production release by the company and joins the Crook of the Crown and Call to Arms. I spoke with owner Lee Marsh who had this to say about this release:
“It’s an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper over Nica binder and mostly Nica fillers. We are keeping some info undisclosed. The name comes from being the third regular production and the fact that we sourced tobacco from three different countries. This is also a special cigar because it’s utilizing the first tobaccos that we processed from raw ourselves.”
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Rojas Cigar Factory
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Filler: Nicaragua & Undisclosed
Vitola: 6 x 52 Box Pressed Toro
Price: $10.50 MSRP
Release Date: November 2021
Company Website: https://www.facebook.com/StolenThroneCigars/
Based on the Robusto and the other offerings from the company I expect full flavor and body with plenty of earth, wood, pepper, and leather. I anticipate the strength to build throughout, reaching medium to medium-full by the end. I think the backbone of the flavor profile will be pretty consistent with the robusto, but for some reason I feel like this box press is going to do something with this blend to deliver some more nuance with maybe some coffee and more creaminess.
You can check out the review for the Robusto to hear my thoughts on the band. As for the cigar it has a fairly sharp press and a partially covered foot. The wrapper is dark with some minor imperfections but nothing problematic or unappealing to the eye. This cigar smells like a dark, earthy fruit and a little bit like an oaky whiskey. The cold draw has some chocolate fudge and a bit of bread or maybe a cookie. It puts me in mind of the Keebler's Fudge Swirls.
First light brings medium bodied smoke with medium full flavors of a lot of baking spices, sugary sweetness, and wood. The finish has some toastiness and a little earth. A little oak is coming in as well. The retrohale is leathery with a lot of brown sugar sweetness. About an inch in and the flavors are staying pretty consistent. The wood is picking up just a touch. The cigar is swelling some and the wrapper split a touch. Nearing the end of the first third the sweetness is tapering off and the draw is more earthy, woody, and full of spices. The retrohale is still rich in leather and brown sugar with a bit of dark roasted coffee coming in.
Entering the second third there is a noticeable transition in the draw to the dark roast coffee from the retrohale. There’s also a little char coming in the wood. The body and flavor are up to full. The sweetness is faint, but lingers on the finish. The performance has been great to this point and that wrapper split earlier smoked through just fine. Nearing halfway the retrohale is showing a nice saltiness in there now. Again the retrohale flavors are making it to the draw as I am getting some salty wood notes. The flavor profile remained pretty consistent through the end of this third.
The final third is starting off more like the second third started as opposed to how it ended. The saltiness seems to have faded and left the dark coffee and wood. There’s still a hint of sweetness and spices. Now there’s a bit of char coming back in and some drying hay. Hitting the band it’s wood and earth forward with a little pepper working in along with a reemergence of a subtle lingering sweetness. Nearing the end here the draw has become primarily earth and pepper. The retrohale has pepper and a vegetal type of sweet earthiness. Coming to an end the body is medium-full, the flavor is full and relatively unchanged, and the strength peaks at around medium. The cigar performed phenomenally throughout this third as well.
This Stolen Throne 3 Kingdoms Toro was quite a transitional experience. The cigar started off with a lot of nice sweetness, spice, earth, and wood, all in great balance. The retrohale was very tasty with brown sugar and leather. Then the cigar moved to a more savory profile with dark coffee, wood, and saltiness. The final third was a more standard expression of a cigar with these blend characteristics with flavors primarily of earth, wood, and pepper. A cigar this dynamic is always an attention getter for me. In the case of this particular blend, I really enjoyed all the flavors it presented, which gets my attention even more. I also got some good burn time from this 3 Kingdoms - an hour and 50 minutes. I am anxious to do more with this blend, and as always, anxious to see what’s next for Stolen Throne Cigars.
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