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Stogie Reviews: Toraño Master Churchill

9 Nov 2010

I’ve been most impressed with the Master, a new release in the budget category from the Toraño Family Cigar Co. And I say that as a long-time fan of the company and its cigars.

Long known for an extraordinary ability to blend tobaccos from a wide variety of countries to create terrific cigars, with this release the Toraños have gone the other way. Charlie Toraño joined with Cuban blender Felipe Sosa for a cigar that features a Nicaraguan binder and filler (albeit from Esteli and Jalapa) with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

It is one of the most enjoyable medium-strength cigars I’ve smoked in quite awhile. I’ve smoked only the Churchill, a bargain at about $6 for a single. Construction on those I’ve tried has been excellent and the cigar burns slowly while producing volumes of smoke. The other three sizes are Robusto, Torpedo and Toro.

You won’t find the Master on the Toraño website, but in coverage promoting its release at this year’s industry trade show the cigar was described as one for sale only at B&Ms. That’s where I’ve seen it, though you can also find it online with only a minimal search.

Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice when you smoke a Master is the lower level of spice or pepper so often found in Nicaraguan tobacco. It isn’t a powerhouse. Rather, the Master is a finely balanced and flavor-filled cigar that changes as it burns. Among the more prominent flavors I found were cedar, cocoa, and sweetness woven together. The last third of the stick can get a little muddled and hot, though not terribly unpleasant.

As Toraño continues to re-make its mark in the cigar word after changing the company’s name and taking back control of its distribution, the Master is a fitting addition to its fine and expanding line. A cigar so smooth and so tasty at such an affordable price earns the Master a rating of four stogies out of five.

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George E

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6 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Toraño Master Churchill”

  1. Todd Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    Nice review. The Torano single region seems to have gotten more attention, but do you think the Master is better?

  2. George E. Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    I haven't smoked but one of the Single Region sticks so I can't really make a comparison. But I did enjoy the SR that I smoked.

  3. Jimmy Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    I bought a box of Master Churchill and enjoyed smoking it a lot.

    What do you think about the new Torano Loyal and Vault? Have you tried it? Please make reviews for those new cigars.

    • Stogie Guys Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

      Just got my hands on some Vaults. Looks good, but haven\’t smoked any yet. I liked both new releases from last year\’s show: Master and Single Region.

    • Stogie Guys Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      Just got my hands on some Vaults. Looks good, but haven\’t smoked any yet. I liked both new releases from last year\’s show: Master and Single Region.

    • Jake Van Vorm Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      I smoked two cigars. the burn was uneven I had to relight cigars at least four times.
      As for the taste, I found them one-dimentional and plain.
      Big hupla obout nothing