An Online Review Of The Charlie Torano Captiva CigarThe Charlie Torano Captiva cigar was one of the few loose ends left over when General Cigar Co. acquired the Torano brands, and though it wasn’t the most pressing one (Sam Leccia’s eventual decision to move to GCC was the headliner), it still left a lot of aficionados wondering. Just before the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, though, GCC announced that the blend was still in the works, a statement repeated in December by company representatives. In March, retailers reported receiving shipments of the stogie, and even though it slipped through about as quietly as possible, it is still a stick worthy of carrying the former company president’s name.



The stogie is produced with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a binder from Nicaragua and fillers from Nicaragua as well
. The Charlie Torano Captiva cigar is on the lighter side, with a color reminiscent of creamed coffee, and laced with a number of small veins. The wrapper is a bit rough, giving it that vintage, rustic vibe. This contrasts nicely with the blue, gold and white band, which features the name of the blend and some Art Deco style ornamentation. The smoke comes in four vitolas, including a Robusto (5 x 52), a Toro (6 x 50), the BFC (6 x 60) and a Churchill (7 x 47). The aromas consist of some leather and sweet oatmeal notes while the cold draw adds in a ginger and mushroom twosome.



The first third of the Charlie Torano Captiva cigar is relaxed, and there’s no heavy pepper or spice bite to be found
. Instead, the stick starts off with a combination of cedar, nuts, leather and a pair of flavors that reviewers described as sweet tea. Before long, a black pepper flavor does show up though it is confined to the back of the palate and only offers a touch of heat. Some aficionados also noticed a cream note that lingered on the finish. The leather and cedar are the major players here while the nuts and sweetness remain in the background.



During the middle third of the stick, the leather is still present, but the remainder of the flavors have either dropped out or taken a step back. In their place, a grassy flavor and a note that one reviewer described as charred bourbon take their place and offer a new look.



In the last third of the Charlie Torano Captiva cigar, the cedar makes a return and pushes the leather out of the way. In addition to the cedar, a mix of wheat, floral and cranberry notes define the stick’s last stretch and give the smoke a smooth finish.



It’s a medium stogie that touches medium-full in a couple spots, and for a stick that seemed forgotten, it is rolled well. The burn and draw are both strong, and the flavors are calculated, so they are ideal for new smokers and aficionados alike, an approach that Charlie himself would appreciate.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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