Last week I was lucky enough to run into the rep from CAO at a local event. Him and I got to talking about my website before he had to attend to his duties but before the night was over we crossed paths once again. When he returned he complemented me on how well the website looked and with that he bestowed upon me 3 different lines to review. Since I hadn’t smoked a Torano in a long time I figured I would start here…. So Steve from CAO I thank you and now on to the review…
Cigar: Carlos Torano Signature
Size: Toro 6 x 50
Wrapper: Sun Grown Brazilian Maduro
Filler: Dominican Cubano Ligero, Nicaraguan Habano Ligero
Pre-Light: So on a dreary Fourth of July morning, with a fog on the ocean I sat down with an old friend. I used to smoke these cigars on a regular basis back in my cigar store days, and I realized quickly it has been too long since my last visit. The wrapper was dark, veiny, and oily. It looked more like licorice, then a cigar. The wrapper smelled of cocoa and the foot I picked up notes of cinnamon and spices. The pre-light draw held true to the notes picked up on the foot of the cigar.
Smoke: The cigar started out as a medium bodied, but before long it was definitely a full bodied smoke. The ash held very well, and was a tight clean white color. The stick had notes of cinnamon, and some chocolate in the first half, and it became much more spicy as it made transition to full bodied. There were no burn issues, and I did not need to relight it once, even with a 20 minute overseas phone call interrupting my smoke.
Overall: I am not sure if I would smoke this cigar on a hot summer day, I was lucky enough that it was a cool, dreary day, but toward the end of the smoke I was sweating. It is definite a cigar I plan to visit again in the fall. Perhaps on a cool October morning. The cigar was rich with spices, chocolate, and cinnamon that remained with me well after the smoke. Perhaps on that cool fall morning I’ll remember to bring a Hot Chocolate with me to enjoy my smoke.
My Local Price: Compliments of CAO ($6.50)
Rating: 89 (Out of 100)