Toraño Master Maduro Robusto – Cigar Review

Earlier this year, Toraño (@Toranofamcigars) announced it would be releasing the Master Maduro. We covered it in a press release which you can find here. The new Master Maduro was created as a collaboration between Charlie Toraño, the president of the business, and Felipe Sosa, the master roller, and utilizes a habano maduro wrapper. In the press release they stated “Charlie and Sosa found this cigar to be medium in strength and full of flavor. In true Maduro style, this flavourful blend is a complex balance of sweet spicy notes with a rich, chewy finish.” I was a bit excited for this release as I am very fond of both maduro wrappers, and Toraño cigars.

Size: Robusto (5 x 50)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Binder: Habano Ecuador
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Construction and Appearance: The Toraño Master Maduro has an attractive, deep dark brown wrapper. The wrapper has almost no veins, a light sheen, and ends in a nice tight cap. The band says the word MASTER in large letters with Habano Maduro written below it slightly smaller on a red background. Below that is the classic Toraño crest on a black background. It is firm to the touch with no soft spots.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Toraño Master Maduro has notes of a sweet caramel along with a bit of hay and wood. The foot has almost an identical scent except the hay is a bit more pronounced. I go with a very slight straight cut to prepare to smoke the Toraño Master Maduro and on the cold draw there is a mix of the sweet caramel flavor along with a very light woody spice.

Smoking Characteristics: Lighting up the Toraño Master Maduro, I’m met with flavors of sweet savory caramel, espresso, and light woody flavors. Maybe the press released planted a seed in my mind, but chewy does describe the finish. The flavors linger long on the palate between draws, mostly on the tongue and the roof of my mouth. The draw is excellent, easily producing a full body of smoke, with smoke continuing to billow from the stick long between draws. The ash is snow white and very firm, holding to the inch point with ease and only breaking off when desired. During this third the strength is around the medium point with a nice mellow buzz setting in.

Into the second third, the flavor develops to become a bit more woody, but just as sweet. There is no spice at all to the oaky woody flavor, and it pairs wonderfully with the notes of caramel and espresso, which provides a nice slight bitter contrast. The draw is still excellent providing an amazing body of rich, cool, savory smoke. The burn is picture prefect, just completely razor sharp with no corrections needed at this point.

During the final third the sweetness picks up a little, making the smoke much richer in flavor. All the notes of caramel, oak, and espresso remain, and are joined by a new light cocoa note. Charlie and Sosa’s assessment was spot on. It is a very savory smoke with the rich, sweet, salty caramel flavor, and a chewy finish. The smoke is still cool, rich, sweet, savory, and flavorful. The ash is still holding firm and not flaking at all as I smoke this stick down to the nub.

Conclusion: The Toraño Master Maduro is not what I would think of as a typical maduro, but that is far from an insult! I love habano flavors, and this is packed with them, but also has an excellent added sweetness to it. The construction was simply wonderful with no attention needed to the draw or burn at any point. The flavors were well blended, rich, and full, lingering long on the palate between draws, causing me to savor the next puff. I smoked the Toraño Master Maduro in the morning coming back from a long night at the casino with friends, and it provided an excellent respite from all of the zany adventures of the night before. Cigars are made for relaxation, and the Toraño Master Maduro certainly allowed me to sit back, relax, and enjoy myself for a while.

Rating: 91

MSRP: $6.00