Cigar Review: Carlos Torano Casa Torano

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Size: 7×48, Churchill

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, and “Family Blend” of Central & South American

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 25, $104.95

Grade: 9.2

The Torano family’s tobacco story began in 1916, with Don Santiago Torano. When emigrating from Spain to Cuba, Don fell in love with the tobacco plant and soon began working as a tobacco leaf broker. Don had three sons, Jamie, Jose, and Carlos, all three of which became involved in brokering tobacco. By 1959, the Torano family had transitioned from brokering tobacco to cropping tobacco and operated 17 farms throughout Cuba. Various circumstances moved their business to the Dominican Republic and then later to Nicaragua, after the sudden death of Don, where Carlos took over the business.

As the Torano family  has become a household name in the business, Charlie, Carlos’ son, has taken over the major operations and continues the legacy as a fourth generation tobacconist. Currently, the Torano Family operates two factories, one in Danli, Honduras (Virtuoso, Reserva Selecta, Exodus 1959) and the other in Esteli, Nicaragua (Tribute Series, Casa Maduro, and Cameroon 1916). The Torano story is an excellent one, and you can learn more here. You may also view their full line of cigars here.

Originally the private house blend for the Torano family, the Casa Torano was only distributed during rolling parties and visits to the factories. As the demand increased for this private blend, it was finally released to the public with excellent praise.

So, let’s toast that foot, shall we?

Pre-light, 1.8:
The silky smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is held snug by a classy band of burgundy, gold, and green, with the Torano family farm, or Casa Torano, in the background. The wrapper has minimal veins and there are no soft spots to be found. The aroma has a bit of pepper at the foot, while the rest of the buttery smooth cigar smells of creamy barnyard. The cold draw is perfect and only the barnyard is picked up—I hope the spice arrives in the burn.

Burn, 1.8:
The excellent draw on the pre-light remained throughout the smoke. Though the cigar burned slightly “hilly” throughout, the ash held very well and there were no touchups required. The white-gray ash was nicely colored and did have a few gaps here and there, but otherwise it was perfect. Surprisingly, the open draw did not affect the burn time, as this stick burned nice and slow.

Flavor, 2.8:
The spice picked up on the foot during pre-light was evident in the first inch or so of the burn—a very nice, sweet pepper dominated the first bit of this cigar. The pepper quickly faded into a buttery cream and the pepper never returned, except for brief moments when exhaling through the nose. The Casa Torano was an extremely smooth and consistent cigar. It coated the pallet well and created a mouth-watering affect that made me glad I was smoking a Churchill. There were hints of hazelnut but only for brief moments. This cigar never became harsh or hot or anything other than smooth. The barnyard flavors were not overwhelming, in a dull kind of way, but complimented the creaminess of the smoke very well. I do wish the pepper had returned, as this would have added some great complexity to the smoke. Overall, this is one of the creamiest cigars I’ve had.

Overall, 2.8:
At under $4.50 a stick for a Churchill, this is an exceptional value. The draw was perfect, the construction was flawless, and the flavors were consistent. It is difficult to find a negative comment on this stick. When the time is right, I’ll be picking up a box of these, likely in the Robusto size. I couldn’t recommend this stick any higher, to any smoker. If you are looking for a morning coffee smoke, or an unobtrusive relaxer, this is a winner. Go out immediately and toast the foot of a Carlos Torano Casa Torano!

(Total: 9.2)