Cigar Review: Torano Single Region Serie Jalapa
Size: 5×52, Robusto
Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Criollo ’98)
Released in August of 2010, right around the IPCPR convention, the Torano Single Region Serie Jalapa is available in three sizes and priced between $6.50 and $6.95. The three sizes are a 5×52 Robusto, a 6×54 Toro Grande, and a 7×50 Churchill. The Serie Jalapa is the first release in the newly established Single Region Series. Each cigar in the series will feature tobacco from one field in a particular region. The Serie Jalapa’s tobacco is derived from the El Estero Farm in Jalapa, Nicaragua, which is located in the northernmost growing province. To learn more about this blend you can read the press release here.
This review feels long overdue, so let’s get on with it – the Serie Jalapa from Torano Family Cigar Company.
The Serie Jalapa is double banded in white, gold, and burgundy, which really pop off the dark brown wrapper. The wrapper has a slight red hue to it and has just a few veins here and there. The cigar is well rolled with a nicely formed foot and a sloppy triple cap. The cigar is rough in spots but overall has a smooth exterior. Toward the middle of the sample there is small soft spot but otherwise it is well packed. The aroma is very sweet with a zest to the foot; the primary notes are of black cherry, light spice, and licorice. On the draw, which is nice and open, there are additional notes of wood and nuts. Overall, this is a fine looking cigar with sharp bands.
Lighting and getting the Torano Single Region going took a bit more work than I was expecting and through the first third there was running and moments of slow drawing. The ash is flaky along the edges and very dirty. Throughout the smoke, the cigar felt very wet and required a good bit of attention. This is definitely a cigar I’d recommend dry boxing before smoking, just to make sure there is no added wetness to the cigar from your humidification system.
The first few draws bring a surprising amount of spice, which quickly fades into a buttery cedar that is full and smooth. The dark cherry that showed up on the pre-light aroma also shows up in the first third, but just mildly. The body is medium through the first third, providing a nice introduction of flavors. Moving into the second third, the spice is completely absent, which is surprising for a Nicaraguan puro, and the dominant flavors are black licorice, a sweet butter (almost like popcorn), and a continued dark cherry. The final third is rounded out by notes of leather and wood. While I was anticipating some sweeter notes, they didn’t arrive beyond the first third. Overall, this is a fairly complex cigar for a puro and carried a nice body to it.
While the flavor profile on the Single Region was enjoyable, and the price is around $6, the burn issues on my samples made this a difficult cigar to really sit back and enjoy. If these cigars show up at a good price for a 5 pack, I’d keep some on hand, and I’d certainly encourage you to give this one a shot if you enjoy a medium bodied, fairly complex flavor profile. In the end, however, this will not be a go-to smoke for me.