February 3, 2011
Origin : Honduras
Format : Short Churchill
Size : 6 x 48
Wrapper : Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$5-6 each
I believe, without a doubt, that situational context affects any smoking experience. So to begin this review I am going to relay a short holiday story regarding this cigar. If this is something you wish to bypass, by all means do and just skip to the second paragraph. I will think no less of you and neither will the cigar. Having spent slightly more than the past year of my life married to my wonderful wife, I find, like many of you, that sometimes it requires a little bit of circus talent to juggle everything going on. As my wife and my families live about 2.5 hours apart, we both agreed that trying to make it to both Christmases every year would end up causing more stress than needed. To compromise, we alternate visiting one side of the family for Christmas and the other on Thanksgiving and New Years. This year was the first Christmas that we spent with her family. Everyone had a great time and I felt extremely welcome, as always, but certain holiday traditions and feelings associated with your own family on Christmas are almost impossible to recreate elsewhere. Fast forward to our arrival at my parents’ house for our pseudo Christmas celebration on New Years. It was joyous and you could tell that the family was happy to be together after being apart. After a hearty meal, with my wife and mother both asleep on the couches, my father and I decided to have a smoke. I brought him a Tatuaje J21, which he greatly enjoyed; although probably not as much as the one from my prior review. For myself I decided to try out the Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 50 Year Anniversary Short Churchill.
From the very first viewing I find this cigar to be a prime example of both beauty and fine construction. An extremely dark maduro wrapper is rolled almost seamlessly. There are some veins but none of them appears daunting. The very intricate band is so well printed that it mimes genuine stamped copper. The various crests add elegant accents without becoming overly gaudy. When gently pinching the barrel it is very firm throughout with only slight give and no noticeably soft spots. Faint musty odors come from it with earth and cedar tones predominant.
The first puff of this solid feeling cigar exudes bountiful levels of smoke. Accompanying flavors are of pepper and earth, both of which are full flavored but not overwhelming. A sharp burn leaves behind tight, light gray ash indicating that the construction goes beyond surface deep. After a short while, a caramel hint joins the others providing a very nice balance. Surprisingly, besides the fact that all of the construction appears flawless, the ash only holds on for about one-half of an inch prior to dropping off. It is not flakey or loose but still holds tight so it may have just been a slight irregularity.
Throughout the entire first third, the smell coming off the foot is remarkable. Caramel seems to be most dominant and the previously mentioned pepper is evident as a mild tingle in the nose. At about one third in the pepper increases and is accompanied by a very strong tobacco. The ash holds on longer this time reaching about the halfway point. A simple spiced cinnamon is accentuated after ashing and continues into the latter half. One other note that comes through in the final half is a faint cherry flavor, which was surprising because in past experiences if cherry is present it usually crops up around the start of most cigars.
All in all, this is one tantalizing cigar. The bold pepper, spice and earth baseline provides the perfect palette for accentuating those caramel and cherry notes. On top of this, the cigar holds a sharp burn through and through, requiring little to no fuss beyond an occasional rotation. At 5 to 6 dollars this is a cigar that everyone should try at least once and could easily find a permanent spot in a daily rotation. Purchase without worry because even if you do pick up a few and find them not quite to your personal tastes, the 50 year edition is gorgeous enough to make an attractive gift. Well done Carlos Torano!
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
Value : [rating:5/5]
Overall Rating : [rating:4.75/5] (4.75)
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June 5, 2014
One of my all time favorite cigars, it will always have a home in my humidor!
August 28, 2011
This was recommended to me at the cigar shop and what value for the quality! A wonderful smoke and congrats on well writen and accurate review.
February 7, 2011
Just ordered a 5-pack of these, the review is so enticing. As it happens, CA’s tasting notes are quite similar, but lack the holiday story (thanks for sharing that, BTW).
February 3, 2011
Great review. This cigar is my favorite Toraño and one of my top five I can’t live without.
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