I sat down recently in downtown Orlando with a few of the Cigar Aficionados of Central Florida. The occasion was to visit with friends and enjoy a nice smoke and a beverage outside. One of the members, Hoss was kind enough to also bring along several of the Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 Torpedo’s for us to sample.
This particular cigar, the 1959 50 Years is the third in the Exodus series produced by Carlos Torano and is listed as the most full bodied of the three.
The Exodus series was carefully handcrafted to mark and remember the turmoil of the mass exodus from Cuba of the tobacco families, after Fidel Castro and his guerillas seized power in 1959. It was that year that Castro’s militia swept through the countryside and claimed at gunpoint all tobacco farms as government property, leaving the Torano and all other tobacco families without the land and livelihood they had spent years cultivating into a prosperous cigar making business. The Torano family was left penniless and forced into exile but brought with them the seed and knowledge of how to grow, age and roll tobacco. It is with this Cuban seed and knowledge that Carlos Torano and other Cuban tobacco families can celebrate the past 50 years as a victory in working together to cultivate, harvest and age top notch tobacco’s throughout Central and South America.
Today Carlos Torano has a thriving tobacco business with a factory in Nicaragua and another in Honduras producing 12 different cigar brands, including the Exodus 1959 50 Years.
About the cigar:
- Wrapper: Brazillian Arapiraca Sun Grown
- Binder: Honduran
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Size: 5 1/2 X 52
- Shape: Torpedo
Construction and Appearance: Wrapper was very smooth with minimal veins and slightly oily. The cigar was tightly rolled and firm with no soft spots. Due to how tightly packed it was, I opted for a straight cut and removed just over 1/4 inch from the cap to smoke.
Smoking Characteristics: Nice even burn throughout, no relighting necessary. Ash flowered in the first third but didn’t flake off or drop. Cigar did not have a lot of creamy smoke to it but pulled air easily through on the draw.
Taste: There were a variety of flavors in the cigar. At first light there was a hint of pepper which mellowed out to a smooth dark chocolate and caramel flavor mixed with nutmeg and cinnamon. The cigar finished with a nutty flavor, never becoming bitter.
Conclusion: I enjoyed this cigar tremendously both in the ease of smoking and in the smooth chocolate, caramel, cinnamon flavors. I would rate this more of a medium bodied cigar and would highly recommend it.
Price Point: $5-$7 a stick