Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon Cigar
The Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon cigar is a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos that was released in 2003 in reverence of Don Santiago Torano’s emigration into Cuba from Spain. This stick comes in four sizes: Churchill (7 x 48), Robusto (5.5 x 52), Torpedo (6.5 x 54) and Corona (5.5 x 42). It’s described as a medium-bodied stogie that is known for its slow burn.

The construction is very rustic, and features a dark chocolate wrapper that has some medium veining and is quite toothy. The double cap is well done, and the label is a black and gold combo with the brand and “1916” stamped on it. The wrapper is very oily to the touch, and has a noticeable sheen to it. Reviewers noted that even though the Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon cigar has some bumps to it, there aren’t any soft or hard spots, and the filler tobaccos are packed in there pretty tight. The pre-light draw does offer up a little resistance, and the pre-light taste is a touch bitter, but it soon morphs into a sweet wood flavor. It lights readily, and once it gets going, it puts out a lot of bluish smoke that has a definite wood aroma to it.

The flavor profile of the Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon cigar isn’t described as being too complex, and doesn’t need to be lingered on for very long to appreciate, but it does provoke some interesting responses from reviewers. Most reviewers detected some strong sweet notes, and while chocolate is the taste that most will catch right away, some picked up on some strong vanilla notes as well. One reviewer said that it bordered on cake batter. Around the halfway mark, wood and some spice enter the fray, and they take the sweet notes down a bit. The wood most closely resembles cedar, and the spice is enough to really challenge smokers, even experienced ones.

As a matter of fact, a couple reviewers stated that while retro haling was still possible, it had to be done gingerly, or the spice would be a bit much. The Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon cigar finishes off mildly and the final third transitions into slight wood and spice layers without so much sweetness. For the most part, the last couple inches exhibit the same combination of tastes, but just deepen in intensity and cling to the palate some before going dry near the nub.

The Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon cigar burns extremely well, and rarely, if ever, requires a touch up, despite the slow burn and tightly packed filler. The draw loosens up some as it burns, but always stays a little tight. The ash falls off after around an inch and a half, and is a nice bright grey that is sparsely marked with darker spots. Torano claims that this stick is a slow burner, and reviewers have found that it tends to hang around for about an hour and 15 minutes or so.

They are around seven bucks a pop, so while they aren’t a budget smoke by some standards, they aren’t going to drain the wallet either. This one is worthy of the humidor, so put a few in there and let the interesting flavors build even more character over time.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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