Brand: Carlos Torano Country: Nicaragua
Size: 5 x 48 Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
The Label Factor:
Go ahead and judge me but I like a double banded cigar. I think, when done correctly, it can really make a cigar look classy. This is the case with the Carlos Torano Tribute. I am going to let you judge me even further: I bought this cigar without knowing anything about it. IT JUST LOOKS COOL. The dark brown Brazilian mata fina wrapper looks perfect with the black and gold label. My mom always said not to wear a black belt with brown pants. I guess those rules don’t apply to cigars.
What We Liked:
I’ll get to the flavor profile in a second but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t make sure you took a second and looked at that photo above. Go ahead, I’ll wait. You back? Good. Ignore the slight tear in the wrapper on left. My punch-cut caused that and it didn’t affect my smoking experience. But do you see that ash? Reminds me a lot of the Man O’War Armada. The Carlos Torano Tribute is a finely constructed cigar.
This cigar starts out with some pleasant flavors. There is a peppery spice that takes the drivers seat early on with a tiny bit of chocolate riding in the back, properly buckled into a car seat. The two flavors work together pretty well for about an inch, at which point this cigar transforms itself into one of the most mellow, mild cigars I have ever smoked. I can appreciate that there are times when I am not in the mood for a full bodied cigar, and in those cases, I could certainly see myself smoking a Tribute again.
What We Didn’t Like:
In this case, the flip side to being ultra-smooth and very mild is that there isn’t a whole lot of flavor. In a way, this cigar reminded me of the My Uzi Weighs a Ton — both have a disconcerting lack of flavor. I mean, I can see the cigar in my hands and I can feel the heat of the smoke in my mouth, but I can’t taste it. Fine, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Truthfully though, this cigar is so mild it borders on flat and tasteless. Now, let me be clear, I still enjoy a very mild cigar. I could think of far worse things to be doing on a warm summer afternoon than smoking a cigar that’s a bit light on flavor. For example, working. This cigar is better than work.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Yah, give it a shot. It’s not a bad smoke and would be a great cigar for an infant or someone who doesn’t like a powerful, full-bodied cigar. For the price, I don’t see myself smoking one again unless it is given to me but you may feel differently. After all, variety is the spice of life. At least you’ll be getting spice from somewhere.