January 13, 2011
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$90.00/Box of 20
The Toraño Master cigars were released at the end of the summer this past year. I have been a big fan of the Toraño cigars, especially the Exodus 1959, so I was very excited to smoke and write about the Master which is a collaboration between the Toraño family and Master blender Felipe Sosa. You can refer to the previously published press-release for more details. Today’s featured cigar is the Toraño Master Churchill.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
The wrapper has a milk chocolate color and it appears very veiny with one of those veins running the length of the cigar. It does not seem oily, but it does feel soft to the touch with no bumps found.
The band is very simple compared to other Toraño cigars and it was very easily removed.
Construction : [rating:3.5/5]
Two soft spots were felt about 2.25 in. and 3.0 in. from the foot. The cigar appeared to feature two caps. There was some pre-light resistance in the draw which can be expected from a cigar of this length.
One of the smokes did have a burn issue when it encountered the soft spot at the 3 in. mark; putting the cigar down for a while resolved this issue. The ash was a bit loose and flaky. It was very white on one side and mostly grey on the other.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
The wrapper had a sweet caramel scent to it, whereas the foot had a butterscotch aroma with maybe some hints of gingerbread. The pre-light draw had fruity notes like dried apricots or raisins. A white pepper kick with a long finish was felt on the tongue.
My first thought when I took my first puff was that of hazelnuts with something starchy behind it like potatoes (home fries came to mind). About 1 in. into it, the cigar gave me a feeling that I was having a cup of fresh roasted coffee. The cigar featured more nutty notes starting around the second inch. Notes of gingerbread and nutmeg remained present, but these were more mellow which allowed the nuttiness to be highlighted.
The spiciness became more evident again towards the last third of the cigar. Good notes of salt and pepper were felt right in the middle of the tongue. I would consider the finish for each puff to last around five seconds which I would classify as medium (if there is such a thing).
Value : [rating:5/5]
I found singles of the Master Churchill selling for $6.00 with a box going for $90.00. This is an excellent price for this cigar. Lots of flavors and aromas for such a low price.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
I can summarize my thoughts about this cigar with one expression – Wow! One gets lots of flavors that are well balanced and in serene harmony with each other. I am sure that I missed many other flavors from this blend. The more Toraño Master cigars one smokes, the closer he/she may get to experiencing all of the flavors that this cigar delivers. I kept asking myself, what will come next in terms of flavor, and every time the cigar answered by providing something different. Definitely, this is not a boring cigar; the Churchill will provide a good two hours of palate-pleasing enjoyment.
December 21, 2011
I’ve had the torpedo and robusto and really enjoyed them both. Great value on this one.
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