Estillo Cubano Toraso from Ventura Cigar Company.
My initial impressions of the Estillo Cubano Toraso was that this thick cigar had a good firm feel of oiled leather, and a pleasant aroma even before it was lit. The rabo de cohchino (pigtail) head required two cuts from my preferred cutter (Cuban Crafters) but it held the tobacco tight and smooth, even after the cut.
The puro lit easily after toasting the foot, and the draw was smooth and consistent. This was a medium to strong flavored cigar, but with a relatively light volume of smoke. With rich, heavy flavors of leather and oak, this is a man’s cigar: complex but without fruity or chocolaty undertones.
The toraso ages well, with the burn staying smooth and even well into the middle and tail of the cigar. The woody, oak flavor gives way to a nuttiness towards the end that is just below the leather, without any hint of the scortched bitterness that is typical at the end of many quality cigars.
If this is any indication of what to expect from Ventura Cigar Company, then I am certainly looking forward to smoking the rest of their line.
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