November 10, 2013

Torano Exodus 1959 Finite Robusto (4 7/8 x 52)


Video review HERE.

(from the Torano press release)

Torano Family Cigar Company is releasing just 3,000 boxes of Exodus Finite, their latest boutique cigar. The cigar is a true puro, not seen from Toraño for many years.

Finite’s blend combines an all-Nicaraguan filler of Esteli, Condega and Ometepe tobaccos, a Jalapa binder, and Habano-seed Jalapa wrapper. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Bruce Lewis, explains, “Although the wrapper and binder are both grown in Nicaragua’s Jalapa region, the wrapper is shade-grown viso and comes from a higher priming, whereas the binder is sun-grown seco and is among the first leaves picked.

Finite comes in three sizes … 4 7/8″ x 52 Robusto, 61/4″ x 52 Toro, and the popular 6″ x 60 BFC.

Lewis adds, “Finite is a word which perfectly defines the nature of this new release. Based on the limited availability of the tobaccos we have incorporated in the blend, we knew we would only be able to make around 75,000 cigars. We have also created a unique symbol and date stamped every box, distinguishing features which will become synonymous with future limited releases under the Toraño brand.”

Exodus Finite can be seen on tobacco retailers’ shelves in early August. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for the line is $8.00 to $9.00.

The cigar has a dark brown wrapper and nice density.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors, almost right away, were notes of cream, cedar, and some type of roasted nuts. The pepper is between a 7 and 8 in intensity. You can really get a lot of black pepper when you retro hale.

About 1 inch in the cedar is getting sweeter, There is still some cream and roasted nuts. There is also a little earthiness mixed in. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is one of a sweet cream with some lingering black pepper.

About 2 inches in the cedar has changed to more of a nutmeg and white chocolate flavor. The nuttiness is still there. The thickness of the white chocolate flavor really gets your attention.

At the band the flavors have change again. Now they are more along the lines of cedar and some dark sweetness, on the par of raisins. There are quite a bit of roasted nut flavors right now. The cream and nutmeg have gone away. The white chocolate flavor is now seen on the finish with lingering pepper. The cigar is a tick above medium bodied now but not quite to medium to full bodied status.

With about 1 1/2 inches remaining the cedar and raisin notes are nice. The raisin notes are more prominent. The nutty flavors have switched over to a charred oak. The pepper has increased to an 8. The finish is still in the white chocolate category with some charred oak flavors, which really make it taste a lot like the toasted cream that I've mentioned in other reviews. The cigar is now medium to full bodied.

At the end the flavors are about like they were in the previous segment. The raisin notes were very nice. I enjoyed them. The cigar is definitely in the medium to full bodied range. I enjoyed this cigar. It took about 1 hour exactly to smoke. This version of the Exodus is very different from the others. The flavor notes made several changes that kept the cigar interesting. Since these are quite limited look for them on shelves and try them for yourself.

Score: 91

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