April 22, 2012

Torano Vault Torpedo (6.1 x 52)

Video review HERE.

Torano released this cigar at the 2011 IPCPR Tradeshow. The Vault contains heavy long fillers from two of Nicaragua's finest growing regions, masked by a Colorado Shade-Grown wrapper and a very special, Ometepe-grown binder.

The Torano Family has a rich history in the cigar industry dating back to 1916. However in 1982, Carlos Torano Sr. began writing the family's blends down in a special "blend book," thus capturing every blend the Torano family ever created. The blending concepts spread across these pages are priceless as many of them have already come to fruitition, but the majority have yet to be fully produced. To produce Vault, Charlie Torano scoured this same book and found a blend they developed in 2000; blend A-008. This particular blend had potential but was missing an important ingredient and was never released. After revisiting this blend, Charlie Torano realized the missing ingredient was Ometepe tobacco, which is grown on the volcanic island of Ometepe in Nicaragua where the land is incredibly fertile and rich with minerals from the volcanic soil. Using this Ometepe leaf as a ligero binder on blend A-008, the Torano Family yet again made cigar history.

Torano Vault gets its name from the vault in which the Torano blend book containing this secret recipe is kept. Inside the blend, complex Nicaraguan long leaf tobaccos perfectly combust producing ample flavor with earthy spices. These zesty tobaccos are masked with an Ometepe-grown ligero binder for a fantastic, full-flavored finish that leaves behind a bold, aroma. Outside, a Colorado Shade-grown Habano wrapper rests, providing that initial spicy character that lends to a smooth, well-balanced experience.

The cigar is a beautiful reddish brown color. After cutting the very pointy torpedo cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors were sweet grapefruit citrus, leather, cedar, and very nice black pepper.

After letting it settle a bit the leather is the predominant flavor. The grapefruit citrus is quite sweet and offsets the heavy leather tones. The pepper is very nice and lingers on the finish, which is one of creamy vanilla. This combination of flavors is a little odd but very nice. The cigar already feels full bodied, even at this early stage.

About 3/4 inch in there are no major changes.

I noticed one interesting thing. At times the grapefruit citrus seems to change to cinnamon at certain points. At first I thought it was a fluke but it's happening. It occurs at unknown points. There is nothing wrong with that but it's worth pointing out. Also, there is some richness developing but the leather notes are keeping it toned down.

About 1 1/2 inch in the cigar remains very consistent. The cedar notes, which I have not mentioned since the beginning, are still constant. Those, along with the leather notes are the two consistent points. The ash is still intact and quite firm.

A the 2 inch point the ash is still intact and not fallen off yet. The richness is really coming through now. The grapefruit citrus and cinnamon continue to bounce back and forth. The cigar is burning very evenly.

Approaching the midpoint the ash finally fell off in the ashtray. At this point I can say the cigar is very consistent, with the only change occurring when the grapefruit citrus changes to one of cinnamon.

The cigar remained consistent to the end with the exception of the leather notes decreasing just slightly enabling the richness to come through even more. I found this cigar to be quite good, full bodied, and the ligero can be felt. This, in my opinion, is the best Torano cigar I've had and I'm a huge fan of the Exodus series.

This cigar is one I recommend you try. They should be available at shops now and can also be found online. I commend the Torano Cigar Company on this cigar. Very good.

Score: 91

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