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Torano Vault Blend A-008 Robusto

The story goes that the Toraño Family kept a journal of all the blends they toyed with since 1982, even the ones that didn’t make it, and that the journal was kept in a vault. And that in the late zeroes Charlie Toraño was playing around with the old blends his father experimented with, found one he liked but couldn’t get one of the ingredients and fixed that with a second binder from the vulcanic island of Ometepe.

To me that sounds like an amazing marketingstory, straight out of the mind of a marketeer, but of course I can’t prove it. I knew Toraño was having it difficult, so a good story could help. In the end it didn’t and the company got sold to STG/General Cigars. But this blend got released in 2011, before STG swooped Toraño up. The blend consists of a Colorado wrapper from Nicaragua, two binders, one from Ometepe and the other from Jamastran in Honduras. The filler comes from Esteli and Condega in Nicaragua.

The 5×52 cigar comes in a dark, almost black, wrapper which has a bit of a sandpaper touch to it. The foot ring is silver with thin black letters saying Blend A-008 while the main ring is black and silver, with the Toraño logo and name in silver on the black background and VAULT written in black on the silver background. The construction feels good the shape looks good, the cap is good. The cigar has a strong aroma, like tar on an old shed in a sunny day mixed with hay and cows.

After cutting the cigar I taste a strong oak with pepper with a perfect cold draw. And after lighting I taste a strong espresso with some cane sugar. After a centimeter the sugar is gone, I taste some coffee, not as strong as before. I also taste a hint of nutmeg. After a third I taste some sort of sweetness that I can’t explain. It’s not honey, it’s not sugar but it’s nice. The other flavor is wood. Halfway the sweetness disappears and all I taste is a meaty wood. The flavors slowly change into coffee again towards the end.

The draw is just perfect, yet the black and white as is a bit coarse. The smoke is thick but not exactly white, there is some brownish glow in the smoke. The cigar is medium bodied and flavored with a good burn. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t know if these cigars are still made, since Toraño is now part of STG, but I wouldn’t mind another fiver.

Score: 90


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Non Plus Ultra Maduro Toro

Non Plus Ultra, as far as I know this cigar was only sold in The Netherlands and it was a private label for the Non Plus Ultra Cigar Shop in Den Bosch, which is now called Van Dalen but still owned by the same owner who’s also a distributor and owner of Van Dalen Cigars in Rotterdam and Cigaragua in Amsterdam. The same cigars are still available in The Netherlands under the Davila name at the Compaenen group.

Now these cigars were made by Carlos Torano in Honduras before Torano was acquired by STG, although the origin of the cigars goes way back. It’s actually an old Cuban brand that has ties to both Hoyo de Monterrey and Ramon Allones. If you google the brand you will find old rings, of the early 1900’s that are similar to the current Hoyo de Monterrey ring and the old Ramon Allones ring.

Now this cigar is aged, at least a decade old but the dark wrapper still looks very tasty. The ring is simple, just glossy paper with red and blue squares and a brushed copper name. The construction feels good, the shape looks good, the cap is nice. The cigar has a mild wood and tar aroma.

I cut the cigar, the cols draw is a little tight. I taste a little pepper. After lighting I taste a dry, old coffee flavor. After half an inch I taste cocoa with a musty taste. Halfway I taste dry toast with nutmeg and pepper, quite dry. The final third starts with some marzipan sweetness, low grade marzipan though with some harshness and mild musty. The cigar gets stronger with more harshness at the end.

The dense ash is white. The draw is decent. The gray smoke is thin and low in volume. The burn is razor sharp. I would say this is a medium bodied and flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and twenty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? That’s a firm no!

Score: 84

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Carlos Toraño Single Region Series Jalapa Robusto

In 2010 Carlos Toraño jumped the bandwagon of cigars made from tobaccos from a certain area, like Plasencia does with the Reserve Organica, Perdomo with the Lot 23 and the Cubans with Pinar del Rio (or at least they claim …) but didn’t stick to one plantation as Plasencia and Perdomo do but widens the parameters by making it a single region instead of a single lot. Still, I like the concept as an experiment to see what you can do with tobaccos from one region. Toraño chose to do this in Jalapa, the most northern tobacco region in Nicaragua, close to the Honduran border.

Now the cigar is a Nicaraguan pure, of course with a name and concept like that, but made in Honduras. The size of the cigar I smoked is a 5×52 robusto but there are several other vitolas. I have no idea if the cigars are still being made after General Cigars purchased the brand a few years back. I had this cigar in my humidor for a few years now, I can’t recall when I bought this but it must have been on one of my trips to the USA so 2014 or earlier. And I don’t think that this concept was a success for Toraño since there were no other Single Region lines introduced, even though there are plenty of options like Esteli, Condega, Ometepe, Jamastran and several Dominican regions.

When I release the cigar from the cellophane I notice some discoloration and the top ring gets stuck in the cellophane, so I have to rip it open to put the ring back on the cigar. The wrapper looks good, a deep brown color with some oil and just one vein, quite a nice looking cigar. The rings compliment the wrapper very well, the top ring is white with burgundy outlines and with the Toraño family logo on each side of the burgundy text single region. The second ring is smakker, burgundy with golden embossed lines and white letters saying serie Jalapa. The cigar feels well packed and evenly packed too with a nice round head. The aroma is medium strong and a mixture of lemon and dog poop.

I punched the cigar. The cold draw is fine and I taste peppery raisin. After lighting I taste coffee and earthy flavors with pepper. The coffee is replaced by green herbs like rucola with earthy flavors and pepper. After a third the flavors mellow out a bit to soil, nutmeg, a little salt and a peppery aftertaste. Halfway I taste wood, soil and mild salty nuts. The wood and soil slowly disappear and I’m struck with the nuts and pepper but after two thirds I taste raw carrots too, and I like carrots. The carrot flavor disappears quickly too and the pepper gets stronger.

The draw is fine. The smoke is medium full in both volume and thickness. The ash is quite dark but firm. The burn is slow but uneven. This cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored with a nice slow evolution. The smoke time is an hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe a single when I am at a shop but no box for my humidor.

Score: 88

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Non Plus Ultra Petit Corona

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

This Non Plus Ultra cigar was a private label for a Dutch cigar distributer that had a shop with the same name. The name of the shop then changed to Oliva Cigar Lounge, Studio Tobac Cigar Lounge and now is called Van Dalen Cigars Den Bosch and these Non Plus Ultra cigars have been off the market for a long time. They are still sold under the name Gil Gonzalez Davilla for a specific cooperation of Dutch cigar shops.
The cigars were once made by Carlos Torano before he sold that part of the company to Swedish Match, years before he sold the remaining part of his company. The wrapper of the 5×40 petit corona is chocolate brown and looks nice. The ring is very simple. I smell hay and wood. The construction feels good and the cold draw, which tastes like raisin and herbs is good.
I taste a nice coffee flavor, the cigar is quite spicy and after a centimeter I taste soap with soft wood and smooth herbs. After taking a sip of water I taste hazelnuts.
After a third I taste sharp, harsh herbs and burned wood, charcoal like, but luckily that burned sensation disappears quick. Halfway I taste a mild creamy wood with herbs that is replaced by sweet herbs and spices with a sharp edge near the end.
The smoke time is an hour exactly. The draw was fine, but I got little smoke. The ash is white. The cigar is mild to medium bodied and medium flavored. The ash is frayed but firm and the burn is good.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah

Appearance: 7
Construction: 7
Draw: 8
Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

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Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 silver edition corona

The Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 has got two siblings, the 50 years edition and this Silver edition. The silver edition is made in Honduras from Costa Rican, Honduran and Mexican filler tobacco with a Costa Rican binder and a Nicaraguan criollo wrapper. These are currently on a blow out sale here in The Netherlands for just 75 euro a box. The corona measures 6 ⅛x46.
The wrapper is chocolate brown and looks good, it is a bit greasy and quite oily and has quite some veins. The cigar isn’t straight, it looks a bit bended. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and the construction has some softer spots. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
I taste coffee and an earthy flavour with a mild sweetness. After three quarters of an inch I taste a sweet flavour with leaves and wood. The flavours are quite creamy. After a third I taste an ashy wood with an earthy flavour, and it quite nice. I also taste some citrus, chocolate and some sweetness.
Halfway the cigar gets even more of a fresh citrus flavour with some wood and a little bit of herbs. The creaminess returns. After two thirds I taste citrus, sugar, some herbs and some wood. The cigar gets spicier too and there is a herbal freshness, could it be lavender? Near the end I taste some black pepper.
This cigar has a smoke time of two hours. The draw is great and I got enough smoke. The silver grey ash is firm and goes well with the silver coloured band. The ash is a bit coarse though. The burn was a bit crooked. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? For the current blow out sale prices? For sure!

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7/ 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon robusto

Another review from the Carlos Torano blow out sale from The Longfiller Company and this time the 5½x52 robusto from the 1916 Cameroon series, a cigar made from Honduran and Nicaraguan filler, a Havana seed binder from Nicaragua and a Cameroon wrapper the bottom half of the cigar is packed in cedar and then the whole cigar is wrapped in cellophane.
The cigar has a shiny greenish brown wrapper and a double band. I see a few veins and the wrapper has the structure with a sand grain. I smell a combination of wet grass and leaves. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit tight. The flavours are a bit musty.
I taste a bitter and unpleasant wood flavour, it reminds me of autumn, and it is a bit spicy. I also taste a bit of sweetness. After half an inch the flavours are less bitter, I still taste wood, autumn leaves and that sweetness though and still don’t really like what I taste.
After a thirds I taste a mild sweet wood with a hint of leather. Halfway I taste some nuts too with wood and a bit of sugar. Near the end to I taste wood with some sweetness and herbs.
This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw isn’t good but not bad either. The smoke is enough but it could be thicker. The pepper and salt coloured ash is firm. The burn is good too. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied and a bit boring.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, I like the Signature better

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7/ 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Carlos Torano exodus 1959 robusto

This is another Carlos Torano from the blowout sale that the Dutch distributer is holding. The Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 robusto is a 5×52 stick with a filler of Dominican, Mexican, Honduran, Nicaraguan and Costa Rican tobacco, a binder from Honduras and a dark natural Habano wrapper from Nicaragua. The cigars are produced in Honduras.
The box pressed cigar has a beautiful dark and oily wrapper with a thin vein. The construction feels a bit soft. The band is big and beautiful. I smell a barnyard and straw. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco.
I taste an earthy flavour with a nice metallic flavour and a hint of chocolate. After half an inch I taste wood and some earthy flavour. The chocolate flavour has disappeared. The flavours are smooth and nice. Halfway I taste autumn flavours, wood and leaves with a mild chilli pepper on the background. In the aftertaste I notice some chocolate.


After two thirds I taste wood with leaves, the pepper and the chocolate have disappeared but the cigar is mild spicy.
The cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes. I got a lot of smoke and the draw is great. The white as is firm. The burn is a bit crooked. This cigar is medium flavoured and medium bodied, I liked the flavours although the cigar is quite one dimensional and therefore a bit boring.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I want more

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8/ 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Carlos Torano signature robusto

The distributer for Carlos Torano in The Netherlands is having a blowout sale of his inventory and he’s selling several lines for just 75 euro a box, including the Carlos Torano Signature robusto, a 5×52 cigar made with Dominican Cubano ligero, Nicaraguan Habano ligero and a sun grown Brazilian broadleaf maduro wrapper.
The wrapper is dark with a long thin vein. I like the sand colored bands which fit the dark and oily wrapper well. I smell a barnyard with some chocolate. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit tough and I taste musty chocolate.
I taste full earthy flavour and after half an inch I also get a hint of chocolate. After an inch I taste leather with and earthy flavour, that sounds Cuban but it tastes different. After a third I mainly taste earth with a little bit of leather as support.
Halfway I taste that earthy flavour, quite full, with leather and some chocolate. The flavours are quite sticky. After two thirds I taste more chocolate with some leather.
This cigar lasted me for eighty-five minutes. The draw is tight and the smoke is quite thin. The white ash is firm. This medium bodied and medium flavoured cigar has a little bit of a crooked burn.
Would I buy this cigar again? I’m going to order a box

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Carlos Torano 1959 Exodus robusto

The looks of this 5 x 50 box pressed cigar is great, with the classy band and the dark habano wrapper, but when you look closer you can see that the wrapper is a bit wrinkled. This cigar is made from tobacco from the Dominican republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Costa Rica. The predraw is fine and gives me the flavor of dried wood.
I can taste wood and coffee, mostly wood though. After a centimeter I can taste some leather, a bit musty though, not very nice. Wood stays noticeable on the background. After an inch the cigar tastes like ash, I don’t like this at all. The ash flavor sticks with me till the halfway point, from there I taste nothing really for a while. At 2/3rd I taste some chocolate with a light pepper in my throat. The finale is nice with a fine coffee flavor.
The cigar is hard to lit and the draw is too easy. The amount of smoke is poor and has a bit brownish faint to it., but the white ash is quite firm. The burn is great.
Would I buy this cigar again? Simple answer: no
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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