Brand: Carlos Toraño Country: Nicaragua
Size: Torpedo 5 1/2 x 52 Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Price: $7.46 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
I love the label on this stick. I was a bit indecisive picking out a cigar to smoke on this particular day. I uncovered the Exodus 1959 50 Years as I was searching through my humidor. The shiny black and gold immediately jumped out and I knew what had to be done. You understand that I mean I had to smoke it, right?
What We Liked:
Take a look at the photo above. See that ash? It continued to hold well beyond that point. I feel an obligation to confess; I de-ashed when the burn approached the secondary band. I know it could have held on for a while after, but I wanted to save the band and figured trying to remove it would knock the ash off anyway. I have made a cigar and science sin. For that, I am sorry.
The first thing I did after lighting up the 50 Years was figure out what the name meant. Surely, I wasn’t smoking 50 year old tobacco? I immediately felt like an idiot. If you are feeling same way, I’m going to help you out. 1959 marked the end of the Cuban Revolution with Castro taking power. This is a cigar to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Exodus of Cubans as a result. History lesson complete.
How does the Exodus 50 Years taste? Well, a little bit like freedom and liberty. I kid, I kid. It tastes nothing like those things. To start, I was greeted with a sweet wood flavor. I found the flavors to be medium bodied at first but build with the additional flavors later on.
At about the halfway point, the profile becomes much more medium-full. A roasted coffee flavor creeps in and stays fairly dominant the rest of the way. Outside of coffee, I found a delicious combination of nuts, pepper and an earthy sweetness the rest of the way. The flavors reminded me a whole lot of the Undercrown, another favorite of mine in this price range.
What We Didn’t Like:
While the ash held like a champ, I did have a slightly tight draw that I couldn’t seem to get right. This was nowhere near as bad as some of my recent experiences with other sticks, but I have to put something here.
The real thing that I think people may be concerned about is flavor complexity. I enjoyed the flavors from start to finish, no doubt. But, if you are looking for a ton of complexity, I wouldn’t expect you to find it here.
Should You Try/Buy It:
For whatever reason, I have never found myself particularly drawn to Carlos Toraño sticks. This one came to me as part of a trade with an employee of Woody’s Smokes and Brews in Nashville, and I am glad it did. I will definitely be more opened minded towards Toraño sticks in the future and look forward to comparing the 50 Years to the original Exodus soon. For a very reasonable price of $7.50, this is a no brainer.
Interested in trying the Exodus 1959 50 years? You can purchase it here.