The other day I was out with a friend of mine at Sushi Samba in the city and we began to talk about of all things, fireflies aka lightening bugs. While I am more than 10 years older then her we both remember there being an abundance of them around when we were little. We reminisced about how we would catch them in cups or in our hands and watch them light up. We also commented on how you never see these bugs anymore. I think of all the bugs one has to deal with in their backyard these were the most welcomed. They were an essential part of the summer, and are nowhere to be found anymore. I found it ironic that Fox News had a story about this on their website last night, if you want to read it you can do so here.
Cigar: Carlos Torano Noventa
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Habano Nicaragua
Binder: Habano Nicaragua
Filler: Pueblo Nuevo, Esteli, Jalapa and Condega (Nicaraguan Regions)
Pre-Smoke: I actually smoked this cigar 24 hours before posting the review. It was an overcast morning, and the beach on this Labor Day weekend was desolate. There was a strong breeze coming in off the water and it made it very comfortable to smoke. The scent of the wrapper was a very feint caramel while the foot revealed some notes of raisins and vanilla. The wrapper itself was very oily and virtually without veins. This was one classy looking cigar. On the pre-light draw I got notes of cedar and vanilla.
Smoke: Upon lighting this cigar the first drops of rain began to fall and I had to move inside my car to smoke. Luckily the rain was a drizzle so I was able to keep the windows open. The first third of the cigar had notes of cedar and caramel. As the second third began I picked up a few citrus notes that were very quick, a hit and run so to speak. The notes of caramel remained and we joined by some spice in the final third of the cigar.
Overall: I had a very hard time putting it down and smoked it til I burned my lips and fingers. The cigar was very enjoyable, and the best Carlos Torano I ever had. It has some similarities to that of a Padron 1964 but at the same time it’s identity was its own. This was truly a wonderful smoke, albeit a bit pricey.