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.

 

25th Jan2012

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Toro Corojo

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Corojo
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua
Shape: Toro
Size: 6.5 x 52
Country/Factory: Honduras
Strength: Medium
Price Range: $8
Flavors/Notes: Ginger Bread, spice, more wood tones and leather flavor toward the end
Ash: White to dark gray
Draw: Easy draw
Burn: Even to wavy
Appearance: Mild brown with gold tones
Other Comments: Light smooth smoke with an easy draw, very comfortable to hold and easy to hold in the mouth, most importantly has great flavors

30th May2011

Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 Claro

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Candela

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Shape: Toro

Size: 6×47, 8-5-8

Country: Dominican Republic

If your looking for something a little different and cheaper than your normal smoke look no further. The Arturo Fuente Flor Fina has a unique green wrapper otherwise known as a candela wrapper. This is also a great smoke for someone that is kind of inexperienced because it is a very mild smoke with a very mild body too. The candela wrappers used to be more common in the cigar world but, these days they have taken more of a backseat. Don’t let that deter you from trying one of these because candela cigars bring a lot of different flavors to the playing field that one may have not experienced before. This cigar is triple capped with very good, firm construction. The pre-light flavors are of tobacco and a cool earth which gives a smooth draw aswell. The initial draw is smooth and creamy with a sweetness that is balanced with notes of floral. The first third has a greater strength of floral notes but, nothing that is overwhelming and creamy thick smoke that still remains. This cigar is also one of those you can set down for a while and pick back up and use very little puffs to get it going once again. Traveling through the second third I was able to pin down the sweetness which was a butterscotch. The second third brought in more flavors which were a light cedar and a crispy wheat. The burn line throughout all of this has remained even with no touch ups needed. As for the final third and the remainder of the finish the subtle floral notes in this cigar take center stage but, once again not in an overwhelming  sense. The Flor Fina didn’t disappoint at all. It’s a great stick for the one that enjoys a very mild smoke or one that wants to experience something a little different from the norm.

25th May2011

Litto Gomez Diez Lusitano

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Dominican

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Shape: Toro/Lusitano

Size: 6×54

Country: Dominican Republic

The Litto Gomez Diez Lusitano is a full-bodied cigar that had an amazing flavor profile with flavors not seen that often in a cigar. This kind of cigar is comprised of all Dominican tobacco which is somewhat rare because its hard to find all the usable parts to make a cigar from all Dominican tobaccos. This cigar was also created to celebrate La Flor Dominicana’s 10th year in the cigar business.  The Litto had an oily wrapper with a nice sheen when in the light with few veins, decently tight pack, and overall great construction. It had pre-light flavors of a pepper spice with a leather and wood aswell. The initial light had a smooth, easy draw with the spice coming on first and then a sweet anise flavor washing right after that. The aroma of the grayish smoke was comparable to a pipe smoker’s smoke being a sweet aromatic smell. The first third was mainly comprised of a woody pepper and a sweet anise. When transitioning into the second third the pepper was there just as before but the anise was replaced with rich, sweet cedar that complimented the pepper perfectly almost like they were playing tag with each other. The ash was white and firm and the burn was a little up and down but, evened itself out without me doing anything to it. The second third also had a nutty leather that was more dominant than the pepper. As for the finish the spice remained strong along with the nuttiness but, as for the sweet flavors they were in and out along with the occasional leather flavor. Overall this cigar was very good the flavors were unique and different from ones regular cigar. I recommend this cigar with one that has a palate that enjoys a stronger, rich smoke.