11th Sep2012

Quickie: Carlos Torano Master Habano Maduro Toro Gordo

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Binder: Ecuadoran Habano
Filler:  Nicaraguan and Dominican
Shape: Toro Gordo
Size: 5.5 x 54
Country: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Production: Full Production
Price Range: MRSP $7.00

The Carlos Torano Master Habano Maduro Toro Gordo is something fairly new from the Torano family. This cigar complements the original Torano Master by introducing a Nicaraguan shade wrapper instead of the Habano leaf from Ecuador. The new take on the Torano Master doesn’t disappoint at all!  Just looking at this stick you can see the dark and oily Nicaraguan wrapper is just hinting at how sweet and spicy this smoke is going to be.  Also looking at this cigar I see that it is double capped and has a few large rough veins. The wrapper also seems it has a color scheme of a maduro and an oscuro mix that has the effect of looking two toned. Finally I felt the pack of the cigar which is firm without any give to it. The first third of the Master Habano Maduro has an excellent balance of sweet and spicy. It is complex but not overwhelming. The main base of flavor comes from oak followed by a nice and toasty warm cocoa. Along with this is a creamy caramel and one other flavor I can’t seem to pin point just yet.

Just before the second third I give the cigar a quick retro-haul picking up the flavor of barnyard hay. Going through the second third I was finally able to pin point the final flavor of a candy type hazelnut. Other flavors that kind of seemed present were a gingerbread and a mocha. The sweetness goes down ever so slightly with the warm cocoa going up with the oak flavor. The right amount of spice is still present too and when approaching the final third an almond comes into play. The final third for the most part consists of oak at center stage with the creamy caramel, cocoa, and spice mix still present.

The finish was chewy and oaky with the flavors from before staying almost perfect all the way to the end. The ash all throughout the smoke was slightly flaky and holding almost about an inch long and, was white with a tad bit of light grey mixed in. As for the draw it was near effortless with floods of smoke off each puff. Even when resting in the ash tray a lot of smoke was coming off it. Lastly the burn started off jagged then corrects itself before the second third but, after the halfway point it goes jagged again and need a correction. All in all the Carlos Torano Master Habano Maduro Toro Gordo was an extremely good stick that I would smoke again and recommend to anyone that likes something with a complex and warm profile but, yet stays steady all the way to the nub.


31st Jul2011

Carlos Toraño

by GoodFellasCigars
11th Jul2011

Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959 50 Years Box Press

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Esteli & Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaraguan

Size: 5 x 55

Shape: Box Press

Country: Nicaragua

Made by: Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Estelí

The Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959 50 Years Box Press is meant commemorate the 50 years since the exodus that was caused by Cuba’s Communist Revolution. Among those in the exodus was Carlos Toraño, who fled the country to begin a new life in the free world. This cigar was also rated a 93 and was number 12 of 25 of the year.  It starts off with a beautiful Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown wrapper which is known for its tendencies to explode with a perfect spiciness which pairs perfectly with the sweetness of Nicaraguan fillers. This being said, the initial light produces a large amount of spice along with an undertone of a dark chocolate. There was also a slight hint of cinnamon, yes I did say cinnamon; this threw me off solely because I have had dreams of having a cigar with hints of cinnamon, so now I couldn’t wait to smoke this stick. The draw was perfect with just the right amount of smoke along with the production of a good amount of smoke. I began to pick up on notes of a slight cocoa flavor once I got into the second third. This cigar was becoming sweet while the spice from the wrapper remained making this cigar very complex. As I got into the final third of this smoke the spice picked up a little bit while the sweetness was still just as prominent. The flavors traveled all around the palate and made this a very satisfying cigar. The next time you are looking for a cigar, make sure to grab one of these and give it a try. The cigar was a very easy smoke, and it burnt like any cigar connoisseur could want. Not once did I have to touch up this cigar, the burn remained razor tight, the draw was perfect, and there was a nice amount of smoke output throughout the entire smoke.