November 13, 2016

Torano Exodus Robusto (5 x 54)

Video review HERE.

The original Torano Exodus blend has been revisited, this time with a contemporary new lens.

Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar said, “We created Exodus to appeal to a broader range of cigar smokers, both in its presentation and flavor profile.  Exodus tells an allegorical story of the journeys we all make to overcome adversity, drawing a parallel to the Torano family’s beginnings as tobacco growers, their experiences in post-Castro communist society, and their success in developing acclaimed cigars post-Cuba. We are proud of this new chapter for Torano and look forward to the continued growth of the Torano brand.”

Made with a curated selection of outstanding tobaccos from four countries, the star of this cigar is its wrapper. A proprietary, seco-priming leaf from the Honduran valley of San Agustin imparts spicy flavors with notes of pepper, and burns to a stark white ash.

The blend is made with Dominican, Mexican and Honduran leaves and bound by Connecticut Broadleaf to deliver a medium-bodied smoke that’s creamy and smooth with a touch of sweetness.

The four-vitola collection features price points of less-than $10 and is sure to stand out in the humidor, with visually-arresting packaging that speaks to Torano family’s escape from Cuba.

Torano Exodus will be available beginning in September, and the collection will launch with four frontmarks, each housed in 20-count boxes.

Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican, Mexican, and Honduran

Robusto – 5 x 54; SRP per cigar is $6.99 REVIEWED TODAY
Toro Grande – 5.5 x 58; SRP per cigar is $7.79
Torpedo – 5.75 x 52; SRP per cigar is $7.79
Gigante -- 6 x 60; SRP per cigar is $8.49

The Honduran wrapper is oily and the cigar has a nice, dense feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors were leather and whipping cream, or marshmallow cream, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at a 7. The whipping cream, or marshmallow cream is your main sweet flavor.

About one inch in there are some brown sugar and buttery notes beginning. The leather continues to be the main flavor. The finish is a sweet cream with a minor amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.

About two inches in and the flavors are coming together nicely. There are now sweet cedar notes to go along with the marshmallow cream. The leather is still prominent and there is still a touch of butter. Coffee holds the base. The finish is unchanged. The way the flavors combine at this point is very nice. The cigar is medium to full bodied.

At the midpoint the cigar continues to be very good. The mix is right where you want it. The leather is not overpowering and the other flavors combine nicely with it. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged.

The cigar ended with the leather as the lead flavor but the other sweeter flavors held the leather in check. In the final third I got some roasted almond notes but they were faint. The pepper elevated to a 7 1/2. The cigar reached full bodied in the final third. The finish was unchanged but the lingering black pepper improved. This cigar is unlike the previous Torano Exodus so give this cigar a try if you like leather with a touch of sweetness.

Score: 90

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