Casa Torano Maduro (Quick Smoke Series)

Casa Torano Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Torano cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguam
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 per single
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The Casa Torano Maduro is by far the darkest Maduro I have ever seen. This cigar has a jet black wrapper with virtually no veins and has a solid feel to it. The roll is seamless but has a sloppy double cap.

It has a nice draw with a bit of resistance. The burn is fairly even and the ash is a whitish grey color that is solid and has no flowering or flaking. The body of the cigar is medium as well as the strength of the cigar.

The Carlos Torano Casa Torano Maduro has a base flavor of wood and natural tobacco but features nice notes of roasted nuts, coffee beans, and a fruity sweetness that reminds me of maraschino cherries; you know the ones they put on your ice cream sunday, or in your Old Fashioned’s. However, as the cigar progresses, the cherry sweetness turns more to an apple flavor which is quite interesting. Overall the flavors are about medium in intensity on this cigar.

Overall I thought this was a nice cigar. It has some nice complexity to it and for $6.50 I think it’s a superb deal. This is usually not the style of cigar I smoke but I really enjoyed the Casa Torano. I am one of the Don Pepin, heavy hitting, fuller the better cigar smokers and I think that crowd may not like this cigar because it doesn’t have that pop or flare that those types of cigar typically have. However, I think if they are in the right mindset that this is going to be a delicate smoke I think they could really enjoy it.

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Favorite Cuban Cigars – Survey Results

We finally finished processing the answers from our last week's survey. Below you will find the community's favorite Cuban cigars - first the brands, then the specific cigars.

The low score of Romeo y Juieta cigars may come as a surprise - not a single cigar in the top 15 (the Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill - the highest ranked cigar from the brand - is #18) and only the 8th spot in the brands rankings.

The #1 cigar's lead is also quite surprising - we expected more competition for the first spot. 2nd and 3rd spots are where the competition was, and underdogs Ramon Allones Specially Selected and Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 almost made it to the top 3.

We hope you find these results interesting, feel free to share them with your friends and/or leave a comment below!

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Rum Review: Dos Maderas P.X. (5 + 5)

Dos Maderas 5+5 Rum Review

Dos Maderas (5+5) PX is Caribbean rum I’d been hearing great things about for some time, so I decided to give it a try. The name “5+5” is a reference to the aging process. For the first five years, the rum is aged in the Caribbean in American oak casks. After that, it is sent to Spain. There, it is aged for another five years, this time in Spanish oak sherry casks. Thus the “5+5,” which essentially translates to “5 years + 5 years.” “Dos Maderas” translates to “Two Woods.”

The second part of the aging process actually is broken down into two steps. The first three years in Spain, the rum is aged in Palo Cartado sherry casks. The second two years, it is aged in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. So in total, there are three different types of casks involved. The concept of aging in sherry casks may be familiar to you if you have ever tried sherried whiskey. But sherried rum? This was a first for me, and an exciting one at that.

In the bottle, Dos Maderas (5+5) PX is a deep amber color, the hue so saturated it is almost red. It’s beautiful just to look at. This color is typical of a sherried beverage. The aroma is just what I would expect—sweet. You can detect a lot of different notes if you take the time to breathe them in: caramel, nuts, dried dark fruit, vanilla, sherry (of course), and something heavy and musty like leather.

The taste is absolutely incredible. Sweet notes of sherry dominate, along with caramel, vanilla, spice, and dark fruit. There is a hint of chocolate and coffee in the backdrop. It tastes like no other rum I have ever tried, especially with respect to all the fruit notes! The finish is long and delectably smooth. Oak emerges along with a hint of anise. The sherry flavors linger on the tongue before melting away.

The craziest thing about this rum to me is the price point. You can pick up a bottle for just $35-$40. Normally I would expect a drink like this to cost substantially more. It would easily have been a good buy at $60! So the fact I got it for $35 makes it a ridiculously good deal. It really is a unique experience, and again, very different from any other rum out there. If you enjoy rum and sherry, you will love Dos Maderas (5+5) PX, a perfect melding of flavors. This is the ultimate in sweet and smooth!

Dos Maderas 5+5 PX Review: Summary

Colour: Deep mahogany, almost red.

Nose: Caramel, nuts, vanilla, sherry, dark dried fruit, leather, earth.

Palate: Sherry, caramel, vanilla, spices, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, oak, anise.

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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A nice dark oily plug of a cigar. I was instantly drawn to this cigar because of the sheer amount of oil this cigar has on it and the size is quite interesting as well. The wrapper is a deep brown color with absolutely no color variation whatsoever. The cigar seems packed well and is pretty solid with a slight bounce, which is usually the norm. The roll is seamless and has an expertly applied cap. One thing I think they could have done differently is shrink the band down. The band covers damn near a third of the cigar and is a shame considering the beauty of this cigar.

The Double Ligero #452 has a nice easy draw and it produces a ton of smoke. The burn is a little wavy while the ash is nice and compact with some slight flowering. The body of this cigar is full and you can definitely feel this one in the belly, almost like you just got done eating a huge meal. The strength is full with a good nicotine kick.

The La Flor Dominicana DL 452 starts off with a deep rich earthy sweetness with some coffee and citrus flavors along with some peppery spice. In the second third the spice backs down and really gives way to the flavors from the first third. The final third is much of the same but adds a hickory flavor almost reminiscent of a nice smoky barbeque sauce. The finish of the cigar is slightly dry so make sure to have beverage handy while smoking this one.

This cigar is a winner in by book. The flavors are fantastic and they are so rich and complex. I really didn’t expect this much complexity out of a $6 cigar but this cigar definitely performs. Also the cigar is a slow burner. I was expecting to polish this baby off in less than an hour but it took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to finish this guy up which is typically how long it will take me to finish a regular robusto.

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Partagas Serie E No. 2

Partagas Serie E No. 2

Origin : CubaPartagas
Format : Robusto Extra / Duke
Size : 140 x 22 mm (5.5 x 54)
Released in : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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The Partagas Serie E No. 2 was officially released at the XIII Habanos Festival in Cuba in February of 2011. Distinctive features include a large ring gauge and simple but beautiful packaging. It took me about an age to try one of these (they have been resting for over 1 year in my humi), but now I am so glad I did. This cigar is not cheap, but it is a real treat.

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Swiss Cigar Bank Giveaway – Name Your Favorite Cubans!

What's your favorite Cuban cigar?

We've regularly hosted various cigar contests this fall and here's another great one! Today's contest is courtesy of Swiss Cigar Bank, a Cuban cigars retailer from Switzerland. Check out their selection and feel free to use the code 'cigarinspector' when ordering for a 5% discount.

The contest's objective is to determine our community's favorite Cuban cigars. And the prize will consist of a 5-pack which might feature some or all of these cigars (depending on the stock). Who knows, it might look like the one pictured above... We've got five such 5-packs to give away to Cigar Inspector's readers. To enter, use the widget below (it's probably familiar to most of you now!) and answer one simple question: what is your favorite Cuban cigar? As usual, there are some additional ways to enter - don't forget to share the contest with your friends for extra entries!

Swiss Cigar Bank Giveaway

In one week, not only we'll announce winners but we'll also publish the poll results!

The contest is open worldwide. All participants must be of legal age to smoke in their countries.

Cohiba Piramides Extra

Cohiba Piramides Extra

Origin : Cuba
Format : Piramide ExtraCohiba
Size : 6.3 x 54 (160 x 21.43 mm)
Released : 2012
Hand-Made
Price : $30+
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The Cohiba Piramide Extra is a relatively new vitola (released in 2012) which measures 6.3″ inches in length by 54 ring gauge. Although it is considered to be part of the “Linea Clasica”, it bears a different band. The cigar is presented in 3-packs of aluminium tubes and semi boite nature boxes of 10.

The Cohiba Piramide Extra is a handful! The wrapper is light brown with a reddish hue, similar in shade to the Classic line, and has a moderate amount of veins but no imperfections. Its brand new shiny band has inherited the holographic security markings of the Behike, but unlike it, it only has one side (face). The bunch is firm and a close look to the foot of the cigar reveals that there are plenty of leaves packed in it. However, none of these leaves is Medio Tiempo, as the Piramide Extra uses the recipe of the Classic Line blend. The aromas are mild, with notes of flowers and a little bit of pepper. The prelight draw is perfect… Time to light up!

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Litto Gomez Diez Cubano (Quick Smoke Series)

Litto Gomez Diez Cubano

Origin : Dominican Republic
Litto Gomez Diez cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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This is an average looking cigar with a smooth feeling, light brown colored wrapper. There are a few moderate sized veins in the wrapper but they should not be a problem. The cigar seems packed very well with tobacco and there are no noticeable defects with the cigar.

The Litto Gomez Diez Cubano has a nice draw with some resistance that produces an average amount of smoke. The burn was even with no touch-ups needed and the ash held well but was farily flaky. The body of this cigar starts off medium to full but mellows down through the cigar and dips down to the lower end of the medium spectrum. The strength of this cigar is medium to full.

The Cubano has a nice woody core with some floral notes, black pepper and a bit of leather. Some may think this cigar is a bit dry on the palate but there is just enough sweetness on this cigar to balance things out a bit. As the cigar progresses, the pepper backs down and is thrown in the background. Other than that there are no major changes throughout the cigar.

When all is said and done I did enjoy this cigar. The flavor profile was a nice change of pace but I got a little bored with it. For a $10 cigar, I was expecting there to be a little more complexity and a little more of a roller coaster ride but there was none to be had.

Verdict: Above Average

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