Until about a year ago I was dead set against the 60 ring cigar but then I smoked one that changed my mind. On the market there are now about 3 cigars that I prefer the 60 ring over a more traditional size.
The Master is a joint effort between Carlos Torano and master roller Felipe Sosa and comes in five sizes: Robusto (5 x 50), Torpedo (6.25 x 52), Churchill (7 x 50), Toro (6 x 54) and now 6 x 60. The cigar is described by Toraño as “having a bold, rich flavor … it’s for the man with a seasoned palate, a cigar that fully satisfies after an opulent meal or an evening pairing with spirits. True aficionados will discern and appreciate the balanced flavor and body.”
Cigar: Master by Carlos Torano
Size: 6 x 60
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua (Esteli)
Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli & Jalapa)
Facebook: Torano Cigars
Appearance and Construction: To me a 60 ring cigar shows off more of the flaws in the wrapper and that is the case here. Visible are some significant veins and a few wrapper imperfections on this Habano wrapper from Ecuador. There are some oils showing on this toothy stick that is well rolled with a well placed cap. The band is simple but elegant with Master in black letters on an ivory background, while beneath in reverse it states “by Carlos Torano”.
Flavor & Notes : Normally I go to a punch cut on a 60 ring guage, but I misplaced my bullet so I used my Xikar scissors to clip the cap. Prior to that the foot served up some earth and spice. Once cut, the draw reminded me of corn, earth and spice. After taking time to properly toast the cigar I kicked back and relaxed to enjoy the experience. Once lit the initial notes were cedar and spice with everything nice. As we progressed through the first third the spice faded and there was a touch of sweetness fighting to emerge. As we hit the second third the sweetness continues to develop with cedar and some similarities to rum. Oh how I wish I had a glass of Ron Zacappa right now. As we transition to the final third of the smoke the notes of rum are front and center, there’s some spice through the nose, and cedar with a slightly sweet finish.
Smoking Characteristics: This cigar burned incredibly even, with no touch ups needed. The ash which was various shades held on incredibly well and at one time I had over half a cigar in ash. The draw was ideal with a nice volume of smoke. One issue is I have with a 60 ring cigar is the head of the cigar tends to fall apart, but that was not the case here. Simply put, this was a well constructed cigar from the prelight to the last puff.
Conclusion: This might be another cigar that I don’t mind in a 60 Ring. Granted I found the tradition robusto to be more complex and tasty, but I enjoyed the notes of Rum I got on my 60 Ring samples. The size is a tad stronger, and should please most fans of the size, but I will reach for a robusto more often then not.
Disclaimer: We received 2 samples compliments of Torano Family Cigars but as always we did not let free samples sway our opinion one way or the other.