Balmoral’s Anejo XO Oscuro line was introduced in 2018, together with the Connecticut line, as extensions of the original Anejo XO line. The Oscuro uses a Mexican wrapper and a Brazilian Arapiraca leaf in the filler. The line comes in five different vitolas, all sold in 20-ct boxes. The Gran Toro, despite its name, adheres to the standard measurements of standard Toro size (52 x 152mm).
The Gran Toro comes dressed in a slightly opaque Colorado Maduro wrapper. To the touch, it is slightly rough. Construction and filling are great.
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Size: 52 x 152 mm (6″)
- Wrapper: MexicanSan Andres
- Binder: Dominican Olor
- Filler: Brazil, Dominican Rep., Nicaragua
- Price: $ 10.50 – € 9
Balmoral Anejo XO Oscuro Gran Toro: unlit, aromas are of coffee beans and cocoa are brought to the palate. Once lit, the opening is distinctly earthy.
Overall, the Balmoral Anejo XO Oscuro Gran Toro releases a fairly broad flavor profile with good intensity. The evolution, although not particularly pronounced, is, however, appreciable. The negative note is constituted by a particularly dry smoke, at times astringent, which makes for a slightly unbalanced smoke, especially in the second half.