Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 (50 year) Short Churchill (6×48)

Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 (50 year) Short Churchill (6×48)
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Well, I’ll be honest. My history with a Torano cigar has not been the best. I have never counted them as a “no-go” smoke, but past sticks did not hold up to my standard for a good smoke. However, trustworthy smoking buddies have constantly brought them up in conversation; so, when I was handed one by Steve, the only salesman I trust with my tobacco needs, I thought, “Why not give it another shot.”

I was not expecting much out of it, initially. That is why I chose to smoke it while working on an assignment for class – I did not have to pay much attention to it. Yet, at the first strike of the match, I was intrigued.

The look of the Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 Short Churchill was pretty straight forward. Not to oily (though I prefer the visibly oily cigar) on the wrapper. Not my cup of tea, really. Even the taste of the cut was grainy, and had a bite to it – earthy at best. I logged it in my phone’s dossier, struck the match, evened the tip and began to puff. I expected the same taste of the wrapper in the smoke, but the first puff was surprisingly… creamy. Rich and full in elegant flavors, the first light of the cigar was very pleasing; even the second, and the third, and the forth, etc.. The best thing I could ever like about any cigar is a mouthful of pleasant, flavorful smoke in each puff; the Exodus had just that.

The smooth air passage through the tobacco allowed for each draw to get better as the cigar progressed. The burn was even and the ash was think. The flavor was full of leather, and some earthy tones. Sometimes with earthy tones, you risk having a horrible, burnt after taste in the back of your throat which I only noticed on the first puff. I chalk that up to the initial light of the cigar, with the heat of the match; not the cigar.

Other reviews noted a taste of dark chocolate with the leathery flavor, but I did not find much chocolate here. As well, other reviews find a spiciness to the wrapper. Now, I love my spicy cigars (La Flor Domincana Double Ligero 400), but this seemed less spicy than most, if at all. Also, it is important to note that the flavor did not change drastically as the burn progressed. It stayed pretty even and the same the entire cigar. That comes in handy when your concentrating on something else.

Coupled with a cup of Khalua K-Cup Coffee, my senses were overwhelmed by the pleasantness of this stick. The taste, the “okay” look, the smoke, and the richness made for a very good evening. Though I found it to be on the mild side of a medium smoke, Steve, again, won my respect with this recommendation. He told me, “This is one of the better cigars I have had recently. It won’t disappoint.” He was right!

I recommend the Exodus to anyone looking for a mild-medium smoke, that won’t sit heavy on your stomach, and will please your taste buds. Ideal for golfing, or other extracurricular activities; or, when you are focused on another task. The Exodus will end up in my humidor, again, real soon.

Cheers and enjoy!

Cigar Description and Summary:

Date of Review: May 24, 2012

Size: 6 x 48
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Honduran
Price: $6-8/stick

Cigar Look: Well constructed, semi-oily wrapper with visibly deep vains
Cigar Taste (scale 1-10): 7, though not usually a fan of earthy, leathery tones, surprising pleasing without a bitter aftertaste
Cigar Burn (scale 1-10): 9, burned even the entire way. A little flaws towards the last 1/3, but nothing out of control
Cigar Draw (scale 1-10): 10, great air passage, and full, rich mouthful of smoke

Cigar Strength:   1(light)……[4.5]………..…….10(dark)

Overall Rating (scale 1-100):  1(worst)…………………………….[87]..……100(best)

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