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Cigar Review: Carlos Torano Signatureseries Robusto

Among one of the best blends from the Carlos Torano family of fine cigars. Carlos Torano Signature cigars are flawlessly handmade with a robust, complex-tasting blend of Dominican & Nicaraguan Cuban-seed Ligero long-fillers, a broadleaf binder, and an oily, sun-grown Brazilian Maduro wrapper. – From Famous Smokes who seems to have better prices than some of their competitors.

igar: Carlos Torano Signature
Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Robusto 5 x 52
Wrapper: Sun Grown Brazilian Maduro
Binder: Broadleadf
Filler: Dominican Cubano Ligero, Nicaraguan Habano Ligero

 

I had a very long day in front of the computer handling edits in my normal job as an erotic romance author and needed a cigar.  I lit this up looking for something different than my normal Padron or Cuesta Rey and seeing as how I have a few of these now in my humidor along Fonsecas and other stuff, I figured I’d try one again.

Wow, what flavor!  Peppery spice hit my palate upon lighting up that mellowed into a toasty flavor with undertones of refined earth and dark coffee.   Due to the maduro wrapper I picked up notes of cream too.  Firm ash that held on for the first inch suggested good construction.

I smoked with this Roibos tea in front of the Good News Cafewhile reading.  I’ll probably try to pick up a box or so.

Torano Signature Robusto

A very nice smoke that lasted about an hour or so.    The maduro leaf used brings out a lot of flavor and even an hour or so later I’m still tasting it.  Nothing about this cigar is overpowering though it’s rated as a medium bodied cigar.   FYI, tis is one of the only maduros the Torano family makes and will become a staple in my humidor.  I picked this beauty up in a five pack from Cigarbid at a decent price but checking out box prices at Cigar.com puts it at a similiar price to my beloved Padrons.

CIGAR REVIEW: Padron 4000

I’ll have to admit, this is my go to cigar when I’m at Grants and can’t make up my mind.  For the money, EVEN with the higher taxes in California, this cigar is priced at around $10.40 (tax included) and is a 6.5 X 54 stick that boasts a dark wrapper which is a little veiny but still has that gritty character that up close looks tasty.

Upon firing it up, spice notes and leather are clearly present.  The draw is open like the lower Padrons (2000 and 3000) but the cigar burn time is much longer.  Light gray ash and a pleasing aroma from the smoke make for a good visual.  As the cigar burns, the leathery flavors turn earthy and the spice mellows.  I usually end up chewing these cigars, just because at the end of my day as a writer I need to stay away from the keyboard as LONG as possible and this cigar generally provides me with almost 2 hours of smoke time.

This is one of the first Nicaraguan cigars I’d ever smoked and enjoyed.  It’s a full puro – meaning all the tobaccos come from a single country and will give you a feel for the land, similar to terroir in wine.

I typically like to enjoy this cigar with a smooth scotch, probably Glenfiddich.