Cigar Review: Toraño Exodus Robusto

Toraño Exodus Robusto

 

 

 

 

At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, General Cigar Company launched a new installment into the Toraño Cigars Exodus line. This one is called the Toraño Exodus.
Exodus is a line that commemorates the Exodus of cigar families from Cuba and their impact on the cigar industry after the nationalization of all tobacco farms and cigar factories by the Cuban government in 1959. The Toraño family, for whom the brand is named after was one of those families. The new Toraño Exodus continues to tell this story while reaching out to the more contemporary cigar enthusiast.

Over the years, there have been five releases under the Exodus line. The series was launched in 2001 back when the brand was known as Carlos Toraño with the Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959 (Gold). This was followed up in 2002 with the Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959 Silver Edition.

Seven years later in 2009, a third installment was made to commemorate fifty years of the Cuban exodus with the Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959 50 Years. A limited edition fourth installment was made in 2013 when the brand was known as Toraño Family Cigars with the Toraño Exodus 1959 Finite 2013.

 

 

In announcing the new Toraño Exodus Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar commented, “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 cigars and look forward to the continued growth of the Torano brand.”

The blend of the Toraño Exodus features a proprietary seco priming leaf from the Honduran valley of San Agustin. In addition, the cigar features a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and fillers from Mexico, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. The cigar is being launched in four vitolas, Robusto, Toro Grande, Torpedo, and Gigante. Each of the sizes are available in 20 count boxes.

Jack Toraño told Cigar Smoke “The new Exodus was initially slated to be the 100 year anniversary cigar for Toraño. To me it still is just that. An amazing blend full of flavor and complexity”.

 

AVAILABLE SIZES

  • Robusto: 5 x 54
  • Toro Grande: 5 1/2 x 58
  • Torpedo: 5 3/4 x 52
  • Gigante: 6 x 60

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Honduran wrapper is dark coffee bean in color, smooth and oily with virtually no seam and slight vein. Rolled in the robusto format the vitola has a triple rounded cap and wide open foot. The cigar has a solid feel to it because it is loaded with tobacco. One band sits on the Exodus, bright tie-dye colors of purple, orange, pink and turquoise are a real eye catcher.

A large foil front reads “TORAÑO” in black font on a silver background, below reads “EXODUS” in straight font with a black background. Pre light aroma had notes of sugar smacks cereal, semi sweet milk chocolate and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of mild saffron, a floral bouquet and sweet natural tobacco.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light an aroma of mild sweet cedar off the foot from toasting. Flavors of coffee, mocha and glazed almonds. Background flavors of mild cedar char, leather and nuances of clove with a hint of floral. The spicy element is of a light black table pepper dusting, just enough to let you know it’s there. The retro is producing medium levels of white pepper evolving into flavors of dried fruit and raisins.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control burn the vitolas core flavors have become distinctly sweeter. Milk chocolate and molasses with a brown sugar cinnamon char. Background flavors of rich cedar, leather, roasted nuts and smoked almonds. The spicy element is still in the form of a mild black table pepper dusting most notable in between draws. The retro has increased, producing clean white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors sweet raisins. 

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final third the sweet core flavors of the Toraño Exodus have remained consistent, semi-sweet milk chocolate, coffee and thick molasses have been on point. Background flavors of sweet cedar char, sassafras (flat root beer) with nuances of clove and floral notes. Black pepper has increased slightly, again most notable on the lips and palate in between draws adding to the sweet and spicy character of the cigar. The retro is producing medium level white pepper evolving into flavors of black cherries and raisins.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

Very solid construction on the Toraño Exodus.  The burn line was razor sharp producing a super solid dark grey ash on two examples, the first cigar smoked for review produced a thicker type ash that flaked and flowered. The V cut produced slightly more resistance than I preferred, however smoke output was thick and generous.

There were no wrapper issues or palpable soft spots with a handful of re lights required for three cigars, not a problem. The strength of the Toraño Exodus was in the lower to mid MEDIUM bodied range and FULL on flavor. Mild spice with a copious amount of front loaded sweet and balanced flavors kept my attention throughout the entire smoking duration. 

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Milk Chocolate
  • Saffron
  • Clove
  • Floral Notes
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Sweet Cedar Char
  • Black Table Pepper
  • Retro With Clean White Pepper evolving into flavors of Dried Fruit/Black Cherries/Raisins

 


Cigars For Review: Purchased By Cigar Smoke

Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 88

Size: 5 x 54

Wrapper: Honduran San Agustin


Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Mexico, Honduras, Dominican Republic

Distribution: General Cigar

News Source: Cigar Coop

 

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One Response to “Cigar Review: Toraño Exodus Robusto”

  • Rob Malgieri Rob Malgieri:

    Prelight:
    Light tobacco flavor, perfect draw. That’s it, somewhat lean on initial impact.

    First Light:
    Meaty with cinnamon coming on fast. Lingering bit of clove? Getting a lot of cinnamon.
    Have to puff on it several times to really spark the smoke back up each time even though I am not letting the cigar rest at all.

    Cruise:
    Cinnamon has tapered off dramatically. Burn line is way off and had to touch it up. Ash is firm at two inches into the Exodus. Nice nuttiness to the finish with just a hint of sweetness.
    Cigar is burning fast due to the many puffs required to spark it up. Halfway point, and the Exodus is staying on full burn much better. Ash came off and left a long peak with a hollow core a half-inch into the cigar. Odd.
    Having a difficult time pulling flavors from the Torano Exodus. Some oak, a light cinnamon bite, some toasted almond, followed by a silky marzipan finish. The Exodus has a nice retro-hale with subtle pepper and almond.

    Final Third:
    Nice and mellow at this stage with that almond/marzipan and introducing some dried cherry sweetness. Pepper is minimal and the cinnamon that was so prominent up front is gone. Burn line is now caught up with the earlier issues and is razor sharp.
    Finishing out the final third is a bump in pepper and increase in level of the previous flavors.

    Conclusion:
    I liked the Torano Exodus and would smoke it again. Downside is I had to fight with it too much to keep it fully fired up, especially through the halfway point. The cigar has been resting in my humidor for a couple of months, so it had plenty of time to get proper humidity balance throughout. I will assume this was just this particular cigar since Toar had no such issues.
    The flavors that came through were pleasant and appealing on the palate, but too narrow for what I expect in a great cigar. Maybe a bad tasting day for me because Toar experienced a wide range of flavors.

    Strength: Medium
    Score: 87

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