A few weeks ago I got a very nice and unexpected package in the mail from a good friend of Stogie Review. Tom (cigarfan) from Keepers of the Flame took it upon himself to send me a care package. Among several very nice cigars was a Carlos Torano Virtuoso.
Over the past several months Jerry has been pushing me down the Carlos Torano cigar slope. So far I have not had a single Torano that I did not enjoy, so when I saw the Virtuoso my eyes widened and my mouth began to water. As much as I wanted to smoke this cigar right away, I had to let it rest up from the trip cross country in the summer temperatures.
I decided that this cigar had enough rest and it was time to indulge. After removing it from the cellophane sleeve I admired the dark wrapper and attractive oily sheen. The texture was smooth due to small veins and the overall feel was firm.
I picked up my Palio cutter and clipped off about 3/16 of an inch. The result was a clean and crisp cut with an excellent pre light draw. I began to toast the foot and then fully lit the cigar. Once lit, the cigar produced lots of smoke with a rich Maduro style base flavor with light woody tones in the background. The body was medium in strength and the finish was light and creamy.
After a few puffs the body picked up and became full while the finish stayed light, smooth, and creamy. The burn was slow and even, producing a light grey ash. As I smoked through the remainder of the first third, I was very pleased all around.
As I reached the two thirds mark, the burn began to get a little sporadic. It appeared to have a wavy burn pattern. This did not cause any problems, it just happened to catch my eye. The body, flavor profile, and finish were all very consistent and enjoyable at this point.
As I came into the home stretch, the burn evened up and slight flavors of black pepper began to enter the picture. The body was slowly getting stronger and the finish was still creamy but was getting longer and heavier on the pallet.
When only about an inch remained things began to get bitter and harsh. This was the sign of a good cigar letting me know that it gave me all that it could, and now it was time to set it in the ashtray for good. I really enjoyed this cigar and would most definitely smoke again. This is one of those cigars you just have to try if you’re a fan of the Carlos Torano line of cigars.
Thanks again Tom for sending me that surprise package, it was greatly appreciated.