Cigar Review: Carlos Torano Casa Torano Maduro

Size: 4.7×52, Robusto

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 25, $99

Grade: 8.7

I had such a great experience with the Natural Casa Torano (review) that I was very excited about smoking the Maduro. The Casa Torano was originally the house blend for the Torano family, and was only available at events. Soon the demand for the cigar increased and it was eventually sent to production and has become one of their top selling brands. The Maduro was not originally included, but did come shortly after, and has received some excellent praise including a Top 25 recognition.

With a nice mixture of tobaccos from Connecticut, Nicaragua, and the Dominican, this mild to medium bodied cigar is a joy to smoke and I had a great time reviewing it. So, let’s get to it.

Pre-light, 1.7:
A dark wrapper with a slight dye fades from light to dark along the seams, has a double cap, a tight foot, dense packing, and one soft spot toward the band. The aroma is of sweet black cherry at the foot, with a creamy cedar and barnyard notes along the rest of the wrapper. The draw is open with a slight bit of resistance and the flavor is bland and hard to detect in the cold draw.

Burn, 1.8:
The Maduro produces a solid draw and ample smoke, while the ash remains a consistent white/gray throughout, stacking into a nice, sturdy sheet. The burn line is sharp for the most part, though some hills come in an out but correct themselves quickly. In the final third the smoke temperature increased but it was never a nuisance. This is an effortless smoke that does not require any attention while smoking.

Flavor, 2.5:
Starting off with a cherry sweetness, the other primary flavor in the first third is a muted chocolate. The chocolate is more a creamy milk chocolate and the finish becomes longer as the smoke progresses, with a chewy profile in the middle third of the smoke. The flavor profile does not shift throughout the smoke and in one of my samples the final third became so hot and bitter that it was nearly unsmokeable. Overall, the one-dimensional Maduro was gentle and sweet. I was actually quite surprised to see that the Maduro had so much Nicaraguan tobacco.

Overall, 2.7:
Though I didn’t care for the Maduro as much as I did the Natural, the profile was still very enjoyable with a clean and pleasant finish. This would be an excellent morning smoke with a cup of coffee, and it had some similarities to the Nica Libre (review), though with a bit less strength. At around $4 a stick, the Casa Torano Maduro is well priced and was consistent through the 4 or 5 that I smoked – I would have no reservations about buying a box of this smoke, especially as a great Maduro to give away to non-smokers or new smokers.

(Total: 8.7)