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Stogie Reviews: Toraño Signature Collection Toro

6 Jun 2007

Ever since I was first introduced to the line back in December, I’ve been a big fan of the Toraño Signature Collection. So, with six months and approximately five sticks under my belt, I figure it’s about time for me to share my thoughts via a full review.

My vitola of choice, the six inch by 50 ring gauge Toro, is a gorgeous cigar that scored an impressive 4.7 in Smoke Magazine – the highest rating in the publication’s history, according to Toraño’s website.

It’s most noticeable feature is a seal brown Brazilian maduro wrapper. Sun-grown, it carries a few subtle seams and veins, but is otherwise very enticing. Toraño contrasts the cigar’s dark appearance by capping it off with two cream-colored bands.

Like so many other full-bodied stogies, you can tell this is going to be chock full of flavor as soon as the cellophane is removed. But instead of simply kicking your ass right out of the gate, the first few puffs amaze with a balanced taste of leather, spicy pepper, and sweet syrup.

I’m not exactly sure why the broadleaf binder was paired with the unique Dominican Cuban and Nicaraguan habano ligero filler, but it definitely works.

Advertised as a strong cigar with a complex flavor profile, the Toro doesn’t disappoint. At the halfway point, the spice amps up as new, nutty notes are introduced. Delicious.

But for all its flavor, the Signature Collection almost outdoes itself. Even full-bodied fans will need to take their time, and some may have to put the cigar down once they reach the first band. My advice: Make sure to enjoy this on a full stomach, or you won’t be enjoying it at all.

Either way, the stick’s construction won’t be a problem. The draw is moderate to easy, with each puff producing a lot of rich smoke. The burn is remarkably even with a noteworthy mascara sheen. My only complaint is the ash is not as firm as I’d expect from a tightly-rolled cigar.

All things considered, I think Carlos Toraño built a real winner with his Signature Collection. For only $5.50 apiece, each Toro packs a ton of flavor (and you can find them even cheaper online if you keep your eyes open). I’m highly recommending this cigar, and giving it four and ½ out of five stogies.

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Patrick A

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11 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Toraño Signature Collection Toro”

  1. Sean Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 5:21 am #

    Wholeheartedly agree. This is one of my favorite smokes right now. I've found them several places for just a tad over $3.00/stick when you buy a box.

  2. Jerry @ Stogie Revie Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 5:36 am #

    Agree with you 100%! This is one of my all time favorite cigars. I prefer the perfecto shape myself but this cigar is a winner with a lot of WOW flavors!

  3. Richard Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 7:35 am #

    Ditto. Great review for a great cigar.

  4. Patrick S Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 11:49 am #

    I know a lot of people favor the Toraño Virtuoso over this, but I think the Signature is a far superior full-bodied cigar.

  5. Sam Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 5:50 am #

    While I prefer the Exodus 1959 and Silver Exodus lines, this is also a fine smoke that does not get the credit it should.

  6. ScottR Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 2:50 pm #

    Lookin' forward to tryin' my first Torano signature here when my order arrives. Can't wait. This review is spectacular…….hope the cigar holds up to it! 😉

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