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Size: 5″ x 50

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Origin: Nicaragua

Age: ~1.5 years

From the Vault: This cigar was made to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of… something. I forget actually. I should look it up and erase this later, but I’m feeling kinda lazy…

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Baby Zen!!

My wife and I just had our baby.  We now have a beautiful baby boy!  See you all soon!

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This is one wrapper that is actually in reality both a color and a type of wrapper.

Almost despised now, this wrapper color was the most popular cigar for the better half of the 20th Century. Due to shortages, Candela wrappers have been very rare over the past 9-10 years. Sometimes referred to as AMS, or “American Market Selection,” cigars due to their tremendous popularity in the United States from the late 1800s through the mid 20th century, Candela is basically a bright green wrapper color achieved by a process which traps the chlorophyll content of the leaf prior to fermentation.

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Size: 5″ x 50

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Origin: Dominican Republic

Age: ~1 year

The Zino Platinum Scepter Series is another one of my favorite lines, although not in all sizes. I prefer the smaller sizes in the line like the Bullet. (more…)

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Every year I wait in eager anticipation at Empire Cigars for the next batch of new releases and every year I am thoroughly disappointed. Bu this year has certainly been something special. It seems that just about every new release has brought something special or unique to the table.

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Size: 6″ x 50

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Cameroon

Origin: Honduras

Age: 2 months

One of my favorite blends! The Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon! The robusto is probably my favorite of the line, but this review today is for the Toro.

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Size: 6″ x 50

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown

Origin: Honduras

Age: 2 months

The Carlos Torano Virtuoso Toro is not a size I found on the website’s list of sizes, I think it’s unique to the sampler I received from CAO/Torano (thanks again guys!).

The Virtuoso is one of Torano’s newer lines and is certainly billed as their strongest (next in line would probably would be the Noventa).

This Toro is a meaty, beefy looking cigar.  It’s dark, the wrapper is thick with some veins, it just looks like a bully of a cigar.

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I punched the cigar, and the pre-light draw gave me no indication there would be any draw problems.  The cigar takes a little bit to light, and the burn sometimes get a little off, but not too bad.

Not only does the cigar look meaty but it kind of tastes meaty.  There is a flavor in this smoke that’s reminiscent of a char-broiled hamburger.  It’s also a very rich cigar that is earthy and peppery.

The strength is present in some of the pepper notes but there is also a “ninja strength”, one that is not so in your face, but you feel it!

In the latter half the burn really fixes itself and is dead even and the cigar gives off tons of smoke.

This cigar is certainly not for everyone.  It reminds me a lot of a Joya de Nicaragua Antano with a bit more flavor.

Rating: B (87)

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