Team Cigar Review: Torano Exodus Robusto

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Cigar Details: Torano Exodus Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Honduras
  • Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras and Mexico
  • Factory: STG Estelí
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $6.99
  • Release Date: September 2016
  • Source: Torano

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is a deep brown with a bit of sheen to it. There are a fair number of fine veins present if you look closely. The seams are nearly invisible due to how smooth they are and the consistency of the wrapper color. The caps have a bit of a dull finish and the top cap is lifting around the edges. The band is very colorful in the background and has a large silver design that runs in parallel with the cigar and has the company and cigar name on it. The wrapper aroma is a light barnyard. The aroma from the foot is sweet tobacco. The pre-light draw is leather with a little pepper. There is also a slight spicy tingle on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Torano Exodus Robusto has a spotty, dark chocolate brown wrapper. The wrapper feels hearty and rustic. Seams are tight and veins well pressed. Bunching and roll feels on point as there are no soft spots and a uniformed give. The parejo head is finished off with a well adhered, thick triple cap. Nosing the wrapper gives a mixture of flowers, barnyard and cedar. Nosing the foot gives nose tingling black pepper, dry nuts and cedar. Cold draw tells dry cardboard, light cream and a touch of salt on the tip of my tongue and lips.

First Third

Initial draws bring a nice cinnamon note with some wood in the background. The cinnamon is also present on the retrohale. At a quarter inch in, the woodiness increases to even out with the cinnamon and some cream joins in to create a very nice mix of flavors. Three quarters of an inch in, the wood slightly increases over the cinnamon with a bit of cream still present. The retrohale still carries the nice cinnamon note. As the third comes to a close, the cinnamon has mellowed some to become even with the cream while the wood stays up front. The retrohale maintains the cinnamon note although some cream has joined in. The strength in this third was just slightly higher than medium.

First Third

Upon initial draw, the flavor profile is a tasty mixture of slightly sweet cream and bread. Closely following these flavors, generic dry wood, earthy rock-like minerality and effervescent notes. Through the nose, spice is detected in the form of nostril awakening black pepper and dry nuts. The finish is rather short, providing namely generic dry wood and bitter dry roasted nuts. In terms of body and strength, both are at the medium mark.

Second Third

As this third begins, the cinnamon has receded to just the faintest note in the background. To go along with the wood and cream, the profile has gained a bit of nuttiness. There is still the creamy cinnamon on the retrohale. Half an inch in, the creamy wood is up front with some nuttiness in the background. At an inch in, the nuttiness goes away and some slightly bitter coffee is now in the background with the creamy wood up front. This is how the third finishes. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

Second Third

Second third still has the core flavors of the first third. Still a profile that is slightly sweet cream and bread centric with generic dry wood, earthy rock-like minerality and effervescent notes trailing closely. There is now spice detected from the mouth draws in the form of faint black pepper. Further, faint wood bitterness is also tasted. Through the retrohale, still the same levels of nostril awakening black pepper, dry nuts and cream. The finish is a bit longer now (but still on the shorter side) providing generic dry wood, bitter dry nuts and dry minerality. Both body and strength continues to be at the medium mark.

Final Third

This third continues with the creamy wood. There is now a bit of pepper that is present in the background and on the finish. The retrohale is also a slightly peppery creamy wood. Three quarters of an inch in, the cigar begins to warm up, which brings the wood to the front and the cream is now in the background with a slightly peppery finish. The retrohale has also warmed up and is primarily wood with a little cream. This is how the cigar finishes. The strength in this third is medium-full.

Final Third

Last third is in line with the second thirds profile. Still namely slightly sweet cream and bread centric, followed by generic dry wood, rock-like minerality, effervescence, faint black pepper and wood bitterness. Through the nose, nostril awakening black pepper, dry nuts and cream. The finish is still on the shorter side, giving generic dry wood, bitter dry nuts and dry minerality. With about 1.5 inches left, the cigar shows its youth with a slight harshness detected. Body and strength continues to be at medium mark.

Burn

The first ash didn’t fall until the halfway mark and the burn line was razor sharp. The cigar did go out on me once in the final third requiring a re-light. This might be a good candidate for longest ash contests for those that are into them.

Burn

Burn performance was very good. Total smoking time came in at two hours, exceeding my expectations. Burn line was almost razor sharp. Ashes were sturdy and fell in average of only half inch increments.

Draw

The draw had just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar started out with a fantastic cinnamon and wood profile and then settled into a nice creamy wood profile. Performance was fantastic which only increased the enjoyment level. While price doesn’t factor into our score, it’s worth noting here as the cigar provides great value and qualifies it as an ideal daily smoke for those that enjoy this profile. The strength may be a bit up there for those that like milder smokes, but anyone that enjoys a medium strength level, this could be in their wheelhouse all day. I see smoking a good number more of these in my future.

Aaron
Jiunn
Very Good Pre
Light
Good
Very Good First
Third
Good
Good Second Third Good
Good Final
Third
Good
Very Good Burn Very Good
Amazing Draw Good
Good Overall Good

Draw

The burn, although on the looser end of the spectrum, was still good. Never did the cigar heat up.

Overall

This cigar didn’t amaze me nor did it leave me disappointed. It was an easy going and tasty cigar. The delivery of cream and bread almost tasted pastry like. Compound that by delivering subtle spice, dry roasted nuttiness and wood, I call that a well packaged profile. I can enjoy this cigar anytime as the flavors were full and strength medium. Glad to see this as an offering from the steady eddy Torano that I know of.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

7.53

Cost/Point

$0.93

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.80

Cost/Point

$1.03

Scoring System

Aaron LoomisTeam Cigar Review: Torano Exodus Robusto

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