Up for review this week is the Casa Torano by Carlos Torano. This cigar was released in 2004 as a commercially available version of the Torano house blend. The cigar I smoked is the Robusto size which comes in at 4-3/4 inches long with a 52 ring gauge. The price point was in the neighborhood of $4.00 per single.
As I looked the cigar over I found the wrapper to be light in color and smooth to the touch. When pinched, I found the cigar to be firm with a light spring to it. After my initial inspection I clipped the head of my cigar and began to check the pre-light draw. The draw was somewhat firm and had a sort of floral pre-light flavor. With everything off to a decent start, I began to toast and light the foot.
Once lit, my Casa Torano began to produce a fair amount of thick, light colored smoke. The body of the first third started off as mild to medium with a semi-dry finish. The draw remained a little firm but was manageable while the burn was slow and even. The flavor profile was somewhat bland and boring at the start. The only discernible flavor was a very, very mild toasty flavor.
As I smoked my way into the second third of this stick, the burn remained slow and even while producing a fair amount of resting smoke. The body remained in the mild to medium spectrum while the finish remained semi-dry and lasted on the palate for two or three minutes after each puff. The base flavor was still toasty, while picking up a nutty aftertaste. The flavors were a nice change, but they still seemed kind of bland and not very interesting.