Sunday, August 10, 2008

Carlos Torono 1916 (corona)


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I think I found my favorite corona cigar in the Carlos Torano 1916. This cigar was introduced in 2003 to commemorate the year Don Santiago Torano emigrated to Cuba from Spain and became involved in the brokering of leaf tobacco. This cigar features an African Cameroon wrapper, Havana seed Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan and Honduran long filler tobaccos.


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The cigar l smoked had a very rustic look. The wrapper had a slight greenish tint which may have been enhanced by the dark green color of the double bands wrapped around the cigar. There were a few water spots which only added to the rustic feel and some small veins through out. The texture of the cigar was toothy and feels rough and bumpy to the touch. The cigar comes packaged with a 3/4 cedar sleeve.


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The cigar generates a decent amount of smoke despite its small ring gauge. The initial flavors were woody, more like hickory than cedar with a nice sweetness tasted on the lips. This then progresses into a creamy and nutty flavor with a touch of cocoa on the finish. The cigar forms a really pretty ash which is mostly white in color and very compact. The burn line was fine and remained fairly even through out the smoke.


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The primary flavors of sweet wood, nuts, cream, and vanilla were very nicely balanced with no harshness or bitterness present. I detected no pepperiness. The finish had nice notes of coffee. This is a great cigar to have with your morning coffee.


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The second third shows a richer development of flavors. I detected more vanilla coffee flavor while the nutty and woody flavor was still there but pushed into the background. But the nuttiness returns and dominates at the end of the second third along with vanilla spice. The cigar then develops a nice rich leather character entering into the last third. It still remains creamy and the vanilla notes still show up. The last third is definitely my favorite as the flavors become rich and chewy but still has a nice sweetness to balance it out. This cigar is wonderfully complex and will become a regular in my humidor.


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I would highly recommend this cigar, especially for women. The 5 and 1/2 inch by 42 ring gauge has a nice feel in my small hands and burns with wonderful elegance. It even smells pleasant when it just sits in the ash tray. The cigar doesn't overwhelm but is full of flavor in the solidly medium range. One website prices this cigar at $68.99 for 25 and $20.99 for 5. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.


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