According to the Torano website, The Exodus 1959 – 50 Years is dressed in a captivating Brazilian Arapiraca sun-grown wrapper. This wrapper – highly regarded for its bold, spicy flavor – combines perfectly with the natural sweetness of the Nicaraguan filler tobaccos from the regions of Esteli and Pueblo Nuevo. The result is a unique and luxurious flavor profile which is intense and rich, yet rounded and balanced. Sweet, creamy notes dominate the palate with subtle hints of spice, dark chocolate, and raisins adding further complexity to this senatorial experience. The finish is long and lingering with a distinct leathery note.
Having been told by Lindsay from The Holy Trinity these were among her favorite cigars I decided to buy a 5 pack to see if they live up to the hype.
Cigar: Carlos Torano 1959 Exodus 50 Years
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown
Filler: Esteli & Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 – 50 Years features a nice looking wrapper that reminds me of chocolate. There are some thin veins on this toothy stick. Masterfully rolled right down to the perfectly placed cap this cigar has no soft spots and and a nice weight to it. The dual band is black and bronze with the larger one denoting the Exodus 1959 and 50 Years on the the smaller.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The foot of the cigar reveals pre-light notes of spices and chocolate while the draw offers some cocoa and leather notes. As we smoke the first third the leather and chocolate continue with a slight spice through the nose. The second third is where the 50 Years really begins to shine. The leather fades some revealing a wonderful dark chocolate, raisins and wheat. As we get to the final third the cigar gets even better. The notes take on a creamy sweetness that compliments the dark chocolate which has kicked up a notch. Some spice remains through the nose and the cigar has a nice subtle leather finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): The cigar burns incredibly slow with a perfect burn. There was the thinnest of burn lines which slowly revealed a nice medium gray ash that was incredibly tight and strong. I managed to finish the cigar having to ash only twice. The draw was ideal which added to the experience of this wonderful stick.
Overall (23/25): When I first started this website I was a huge Carlos Torano fan which had a lot to do with the local sales rep (Steve) from CAO. I even had the chance to hang with Charlie Torano who was a great guy. With such a focus on boutique cigars I managed to lose sight of the Torano brand and I waited all too long to pick up another cigar from them. After smoking this cigar I remember why I like them so much and I regret that I have waited so long to pick one up. This cigar is outstanding and worthy of multiple box purchases.
Price: $138.99 a box of 20 at Famous