Cigar Reviews

Carlos Torano – Casa Torano

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I was reading through a history of our reviews the other day looking for something new or different to review. I had a few Torano’s sent to me in a trade and saw we didn’t have any on the site so I figured I might as well add one to our growing library! If you haven’t noticed, you can see our directory of reviews by clicking “Cigar Reviews” along the top of the page.

Out of the bunch of Torano cigars that were sent to me I’m already enjoyed a couple of them including the Noventa 90 and the Exodus 1959 50 Years. For today’s review I picked out the Carlos Torano Casa Torano. The wrapper on this one caught my eye due to it’s oily sheen, see more on this in the Construction section below. The Torano Family of cigars has been involved in the tobacco business since the early 1900’s. They have a rich and deep history and would highly recommend reading about it on the Torano website. The have a rich variety of lines catering to a large audience.

The Casa Torano line is avaialble in both Maduro and Natural wrappers and span 4 sizes, Robusto, Toro, Torpedo and Lancero. Today’s pick is the Robusto size. Originally, the Casa Torano blend was only offered as unbanded and freshly rolled cigars at various events. As the success of this blend grew it became it’s own line. Let’s see how this cigar stacks up on one of the warmest days so far this year in the Great White North!

Cigar: Carlos Torano Casa Torano Maduro
Drink: Diet Coke
Vitola: Robusto (4.75 x 52)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Price: Between $4 and $5
Burn Time: Just over an hour

Construction:
• The wrapper of this cigar has a variety of color ranging from a medium brown to a very dark brown, almost black color
• The wrapper presented with a nice oily sheen to it that made it initially attractive
• The patchiness of the colors makes it seem like the wrapper may be dyed
• There are no major veins along the wrapper but it is extremely bumpy and some spots look as if branches are poking out the side
• The cigar is very firm throughout the body and hardly any spring when squeezed
• The foot appears to be very well packed
• The triple cap is cleanly applied but also looks to be one of the parts of the cigar that is almost black in color
• My double bladed guillotine cutter sliced through easily but it made a mess of filler all over the place
• Draw is a little more open then I’d like

Burn:
• The foot lit up easily and glowed evenly after a short toasting
• Burn has been razor sharp through the first inch
• The burn has been just perfect through the first half of the cigar, very nice
• Great burn straight to the end

Smoke & Ash:
• A fair bit of smoke from each draw but it could be a bit more full
• There is a moderate amount of resting smoke from the cigar as it sits in the ashtray
• The ash appears strong with no flaking and a light grey coloration to it
• Ash held on for over an inch and a half, no flaking or mess at all
• Subsequent ashes were not as long but they were still clean and fell nicely into the ashtray

Tasting Notes:
• There isn’t much aroma on this wrapper at all, maybe just a bit of faint tobacco
• The foot on the other hand is full of woodsy, spice and tart fruity aromas
• The pre-light draw is mostly woodsy with some hints of peppery spice on the lips
• Initial draws taste mostly of burnt wood, and not in a very good way…
• The burnt flavors slowly dissipated and I’m left with mostly woodsy and some light spice as I get into the second third
• As I hit the half-way mark I’m still getting no new flavors or further development, disappointed so far
• The body has been medium through the cigar and it’s creeping a bit into full near the end
• The retrohale had a small kick to it but the finish was mostly the burnt wood flavor so I didn’t retrohale much at all with this cigar
• As I approach the nub here the burnt wood flavors are returning and some bitterness is creeping in, forcing me to put this cigar down a bit early

Final Thoughts:
Well I think the notes speak for themselves and I can honestly say I was disappointed with this cigar. It didn’t offer me any very interesting flavors and no dimensionality. The only upside to this cigar was it’s great burn and ash. That is clearly not enough to make this cigar a winner in my books…

Pairings:
I actually paired this cigar just with a plain ol’ Diet Coke. Nothing fancy but I find it makes a good pairing for most cigars. I wouldn’t really recommend smoking this cigar if you can avoid it, but if you must pair it with a stiff and strong drink to mask out the boring flavors.

Daniel T. (a.k.a. Dalamscius) is an IT Professional from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He enjoys cigars, scuba diving, hockey, fishing, nature and anything that challenges his mind. If he’s not sitting on his big comfy couch or at work you can usually find him in a boat on top of the water or 100ft under the water enjoying a dive. He is engaged to a wonderful Fiance and looking forward to his wedding. Feel free to contact Daniel anytime via email (dalamscius[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/Dalamscius

8 Comments

  1. Lou Bozzelli

    March 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    well that is surprising Daniel. i have never tried Torano, but i always expected that they would be a great cigar. it really shows how cigar makers can’t rest on their name alone. they always have to be striving to create the best cigar possible. how many did you try of this line? if you give them another shot hopefully you’ll find one you like! good review Daniel.

  2. Tadd

    March 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Dude. That is my worry with this cigar…. Or all Torano’s…. I walk by them all the time at the B&M. Price is way too high for what I hear and read I will get. Thanks for the headsup. Good to see you guys back!

  3. dan

    March 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Nice review. That’s some tight ash..I dig the band too. The wrapper sells me though. I love the dark/oily wrappers. I’m a huge fan of maduro…ugh…I really hope my buddy brings me back some secretos from Cuba!

  4. dalamscius

    March 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    @Lou – I did have a few of these, all of the same Vitola and none of them impressed me. The Noventa and Exodus were much better smokes. So there are some Toranos I would buy again. It all comes down to personal preference of course and this one didn’t hit the mark for me. Thanks for the comment!

    @Tadd – Give the Noventa or Exodus a try before putting Torano behind you, much better smokes IMO.

    @Dan – The ash band and wrapper were all appealing to the eyes, too bad the flavors were a bit of a let down. Secretos are great but try to aim for the bigger sizes, I found them to have a ton more flavor.

  5. scratch

    March 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I’m very surprised that you had such a dissapointing experience with these. I’m almost through a box of the maduro robustos. I actually have had the opposite experience. Minor wavy burn problems and occasional tight draws, though the flavors always seemed solid.

  6. Sticks

    March 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I used to smoke Torano’s but I have only found one that I find worth smoking and that’s the Exodus 59 with the silver cigar band. All of the other five different lines I have tried in the robusto size have been disappointments and I have given up on them.

  7. Jay

    March 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Daniel,
    Well done ! Very nice executed with the long-ash shot. Although I enjoyed The Master, I’m not a big fan of Torano cigars. Never reached down for them.

  8. Dan D

    April 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Daniel. Well, here’s my first post and my first on-line comment about a cigar – ever!! I’ve been smoking cigars for about 10 years now and the Carlos Torano, Casa Torano, was my first “go-to” cigar a few years ago. Every now and then, I still smoke them – but not as often as I used to. They’re mild to medium in strength, they have an excellent draw (easy), smooth, burns great and are well constructed. The flavours are hard to discern, but one will notice hints of spice, nuts and cream. I agree with Daniel – the flavours are boring (not bad – but just plain boring). This cigar is great for someone who doesn’t normally smoke cigars because of its relatively mild and smooth characteristics. For the rest of us, they’re good to have in the humidor to pass out to the novice cigar smoker. Maybe worth picking a few up for $2 a stick, but not more than that. Cheers all. Dan D.

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