Cigar Review: Toraño Exodus (2016)

Cigar Review: Toraño Exodus (2016)

General Cigar Co.
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Honduras (San Agustin)
Binder: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Filler: Dominican Republic, Mexico & Honduras
Size: 5” x 54
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $6.99

Overall Rating: 8.7

In 2014, General Cigar Co. acquired the Toraño Family brands in a well publicized deal, with Jack Toraño remaining on as the brand’s ambassador. While last year there was not much new from under the Toraño banner, this year there were several new releases on display at the IPCPR Trade Show, the most noticeable of which was an new Toraño Exodus. This new Exodus is both something new and a cigar that can be appreciated by past fans of the Toraño brand.

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Pre-Light: The wrapper of the new Toraño Exodus has a nice rich brown color with lots of dark (almost black) speckling to it. There are average sized veins and a good amount of oil to the Honduran wrapper of the Exodus. Perhaps the most noticeable thing about the Toraño Exodus, and all new Toraño cigars, is the cigar’s band. The style does seems a bit similar to the bands seen on Camacho cigars, but the paint splattered look of the Exodus does differentiate it a bit.

A barnyard hay scent comes from the wrapper of the new Exodus, along with a muted leather aroma. From the foot of the cigar there are cinnamon, cocoa and nutmeg notes. And easy cold draw allows through a mix of cinnamon, hay, nutmeg and cocoa flavors.

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Burn: Even burning from start to finish, the Toraño Exodus also has a very good draw that allows for plenty of smoke to flow through the cigar. The Exodus holds its white ash quite well, and is a great for cigar for a longest ash contest among friends.

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Flavor: The new Toraño Exodus begins with a pleasant mix natural tobacco and earth. About a quarter of an inch into the cigar, leather, spice and nut flavors join the existing earth and natural tobacco. As the cigar burns into the second third there is a pepper that develops on the palate. Through the nose there is a mix of white pepper and spice followed by a nuttiness. Halfway through the Toraño Exodus, the pepper and spice from the retrohale begin to come through, in a milder fashion, on the tongue as well. The final third of the cigar weaves together flavors of earth, leather, nuts, mild white pepper, subtle cedar.

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Overall: Some people were worried when General Cigar bought the Toraño brand, but if the new Exodus is any indication, the brand is in good hands. Jack Toraño has done a great job helping to create a cigar that is both something new and still the kind of cigar that long time fans of the brand can appreciate. With its medium-full body the new Exodus may to much for the novice cigar smoker, but will be within most people’s strength profile. Of any feature of the new Exodus, the most noticeable is its extremely reasonable price. Although we do not take price into our Overall Rating of cigars, the $6.99 MSRP of the Toraño Exodus means this is an excellent everyday cigar. Personally, I was quite surprised with the Exodus when I first smoked it at the IPCPR Trade Show, and I was still impressed while smoking it for this review. I’l definitely be smoking the Exodus again in the future.

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Pairing: The Toraño Exodus pairs very well with a bourbon such as the Angel’s Envy or Woodford Reserve. The scotch drinker will find a nice Highland single malt, such as the Dalmore 12, will compliment the flavor profile of this cigar.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by General Cigar Co. at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, which was held before August 8, 2016. Although their generosity is much appreciated, it does not alter the Overall Rating of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial cigar and product reviews.