August 13, 2013
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 ½ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $6 each
What a year 2010 proved to be for Toraño cigars (can you believe it was just 3 years ago?). Not only was the company able to recover the distribution rights for their brands but they also founded the Toraño Family Cigar Company. The first thing the Toraño Family Cigar Company did was release three new blends: Single Region Jalapa Series, Brigade, and Master by Carlos Toraño.
Master by Carlos Toraño was created by master roller, Felipe Sosa. This blend is rolled in a small factory in Esteli Nicaragua with intent to be a small production cigar. The Master is available in three different sizes and each retails for under $6.00 USD: Robusto 5 x 50; Churchill 7 x 50; Torpedo 6 ¼ x 52.
The pre-light smell for the Master gave way to hints of wet tobacco and honey. The well-constructed cap was the beginning to the smooth oily wrapper. There were no soft spots detected however the foot of the cigar was cut a little uneven. The loose pre-light draw only confirmed the wet tobacco and honey scents.
The opening on the Master had a very fresh tobacco taste and tons of white smoke. This mild to medium bodied cigar had a lopsided burn that supported a very brittle, powdery, white ash. I had somewhat of a difficult time pinpointing tasting notes in the first third but thought I detected some woodsy, floral notes on the palate.
The second third of my Master by Carlos Toraño certainly picked up, putting the cigar into the medium bodied range. I had no trouble picking up the leather and spice present in this third. The burn remained wavy and the smoke thick and white.
When moving into the final third the burn finally evened itself out. Again, I had trouble pinpointing the tasting notes but every now and then I was able to get small bursts of vanilla (not enough vanilla to fully classify it). The Master did end with a tiny hint of fruit on the palate but it wasn’t impressive notes.
To sum up the Master by Carlos Toraño experience I would say this is a solid smoke but I do not recommend it for the seasoned smoker who lives for complexity. I feel this would much better suite the beginning cigar smoker as they are in the palate development stages. For the price though this is a very good cigar. I will probably buy some more for the golf course, as if I lose one or have wind troubles in the tee box, no big loss. The Master just overall lacked what it takes to be a truly “GREAT” cigar.
Pre-Light: 9 pts.
Smoking: 6 pts.
Overall Experience: 6 pts.
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