Carlos Torano Virtuoso CigarsFor those who appreciate luxury smokes, Carlos Torano Virtuoso cigars offer a full-bodied yet very smooth smoking experience that is everything expected from the nearly 100 year old family business.  The company was founded in 1916 in Cuba, when they immigrated from Spain. They fled to the Dominican Republic after Castro’s rise to power in 1959. Their first big success was with the Exodus line, and they have been rolling world-class stogies ever since. Introduced in 2005, the Virtuoso is the family’s strongest cigar to date, and is a testimony to their master tobacco blenders and innovative taste creations.



The elegant, classic brand label is done in white and gold which stands out nicely on the Nicaraguan wrapper that is smooth and well-oiled with very small veins. The wrapper is the color of creamy chocolate. The long-filler blend is of Panamanian, Honduran, and Nicaraguan tobaccos, and this premium stick is said to delight even the most experienced aficionados.



The Carlos Torano Virtuoso cigars are made in four sizes, starting with the 4 ¾ X 52 Encore, then the 5 ½ X 56 Forte, the 6 ½ X 54 Crescendo, and the 7 X 50 Maestro. This is a middle-priced cigar, ranging between $5.00 and $6.50 per stick generally, and it is carried by most well-stocked cigar shops.



The sun-grown wrapper is a highlight, as it is the first time the company has used a wrapper both grown and made by the family, which is called a “proprietary” wrapper. Another interesting and bold element is the Panamanian tobacco used in the filler, as Panamanian leaf can be hard to blend and it takes a skilled artisan to bring out the leaf’s unique characteristics and balance them well with other leaves.



Overall, the stick is said to be smooth and firm, with a slightly spicy aroma combining hints of pepper and chocolate, with a cold draw taste of light wood. Those who have smoked the Carlos Torano Virtuoso cigars say that they light easily, with an excellent draw that leaves a hint of spice on the lips, and stays lit as well, with a nice even burn line and beautiful, compact white ash. The smoke is thick and creamy, with earthy aromas mingled with a slight sweetness.

 

The first third of one of the Carlos Torano Virtuoso cigars has been described as rife with notes of cocoa, spice, leather, and a slight earthiness, and it is said to be very smooth, without harshness or any type of bite. The easy smoking theme continues through the second third of the stick, shifting around a bit to bring in a hint of pepper taste and a bit of rich espresso. The last third remains true to the smooth beginning, with a smoke that splendidly coats the tongue and palate but never comes across as being harsh. The finish generally maintains the soft pepperiness, but brings back the cocoa as well, to provide a full-bodied balanced yet complex smoking experience.



There is power to this smoke but never a punch, and it never loses sight of its smooth, easy-going beginnings.  It has been touted as a satisfying stick, excellent for after-dinner or driving, and very nice when paired with a good Scotch. The family’s brand has long been held as a high standard in the smoking industry, and the Carlos Torano Virtuoso cigars are no exception.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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