Carlos Torano Red Vault BFC Cigar Reviews OnlineThe Carlos Torano Red Vault cigar, also known as the D-042 blend, is taken from the company’s Blend Book, a document that contains the brand’s blending concepts from as far back as 1982. Whenever the company needs an idea on how to improve a stogie, they can always fall back on the book to provide an answer. This stick’s formation dates back to 1998, when Charlie and Carlos Torano spent some time at a Pennsylvanian tobacco farm. There, the two fell in love with the tobacco and tried to incorporate it into the company’s blends, first as a wrapper and then as a filler. The project had mixed success, so it was shelved until it could be better used.

It’s now getting a second chance in this stogie. The Carlos Torano Red Vault consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania. It is a sharp looking smoke, with some slight veining and an oily sheen. The band is a classy red, black and gold, with the company name and mark, the name of the stogie and some slight gold ornamentation. The stick is available in four vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 50), BFC (6 x 60) and Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52). The pre-light aromas evoke some cedar, leather, chocolate and hay notes.

The initial third of the smoke creates a pleasant mix of earth, leather and cedar flavors with a robust sweet vanilla note rounding it all out. The retro-hale contains some intense black pepper that dulls a bit after the first handful of draws. Some reviewers also detected some spice that was most apparent on the tongue, though it waxes and wanes in strength. Of particular note in the first third is the amount of smoke the stogie produces, which is much more than the typical stick.

Into the second third, a pair of flavors finally emerges as dominant. The sweet vanilla and punchy pepper both separate themselves from the rest in terms of strength, though the earth and leather are still present in the background. They are joined by some coffee and dark chocolate notes that provide some additional depth.

The last third of the Carlos Torano Red Vault cigar changes up a bit on the sweet side
. Some aficionados detected a shift from a vanilla sweetness to something closer to maple. It is balanced with some cocoa, chocolate, hay, leather and earth flavors that give the profile a lot of interesting takes.

A lot of time and effort went into this blend, and it shows. The construction is flawless, with a perfect burn and draw and some impressive smoke production. It starts out just a hair below medium in body and strength, but it is close to full in both categories by the end. In short, this smoke is something that every aficionado will appreciate because it is tobacco production at its best.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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