As previously announced, the Torano Family is releasing three new cigars. We'll start with the Brigade, which is a value priced cigar that is mild-to-medium bodied, and is almost good enough to compete with the company's Casa Torano line, in my opinion. This cigar is made with a Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, and a Connecticut Ecuadorian wrapper. The Brigade would make a great cigar for beginners, but can also provide a refreshing change of pace for cigar connoisseurs who usually prefer a full bodied stick. This cigar has lots of flavor, but without the nicotine kick or blast of spice that can ruin some full bodied smokes. The cigar is well made, has a good draw and an even burn. Not too complex, but a cigar does not have to be complex to be good. I sampled the Brigade in the Robusto size, which measures 5 x 52, and rate it 4 stars.
Next up is the Torano Single Region. As the name suggests, this cigar is made entirely with tobacco from one region in Nicaragua, namely Jalapa. The Single Region has to be one of the smoothest cigars that I ever smoked, and is medium bodied. I sampled this cigar in the Robusto size, which measures 5 x 52. The Single Region was not quite as flavorful as the other two new cigars from Torano, at least in my opinion. However, the cigar was very well made, had a great draw and burned evenly. I rate it 3½ stars. [Compare Prices]
Completing the Torano trifecta of new cigars is the Master. This cigar is medium-to-full bodied, and has a rich tobacco flavor with notes of spice, in just the right amount. The Master is made with a binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, and a Habano wrapper from Ecuador. The cigar is very well made, has a great draw and a razor-sharp burn line. The Robusto that I sampled measures 5 x 50. I liked this cigar better than the Single Region, but I actually liked the flavor of the Brigade a little more. Although the Master was very enjoyable and had a better feel than the Brigade, I'd have to rate it between 3½ and 4 stars. [Compare Prices]
All three cigars smoked for about 45 minutes down to two inches remaining, and none required any relights. However, I had to apply one touchup light to the Brigade, just to keep the burn even. The Torano Single Region and Master cigars are not supposed to be available online (must be purchased at your local tobacconist), but guess what?
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