Brand: Veritas Cigars Country: Nicaragua
Size: Toro 6 x 50 Wrapper: Sun Grown Ecuadorian Habano
Price: $7.60 No. Smoked: 2
The Label Factor:
The first thing you’ll notice about the band is the hand grabbing the cigar, which calls to mind a revolutionary propaganda poster. After further examination, you’ll realize the background is a skyline. Curious for more detail, I reached out to Veritas Marketing Director Chris Weber about the design:
The band is the skyline of Pittsburgh, PA, which is especially relevant to me as my family is from there. Pittsburgh is my second home and a place where both my parents families have been raised. My father’s father worked in the steel mills and my mother’s father was a policeman rising to the rank of Commander of the North Side of Pittsburgh. So black and gold flow through my veins and I wanted to pay tribute to that on the band for the Torch.
Having been born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, I find this pretty cool. It’s probably a good thing Chris didn’t grow up in Scranton, as the label would then be filled with abandonment and despair.
What We Liked:
From the first puffs, I’m having delicious flashbacks to the Man O’War Ruination, one of my favorite Habano sticks. The initial profile is smooth, creamy and most dominated by a wood, earth and natural tobacco flavor. As I continue my smoking journey, I find this to be a profile I look for more and more.
In an interesting change of pace, the first inch sees almost no spice and instead waits until the midsection to bring it on. This gives the Torch Habano a nice little edge to it, balancing out that creaminess nicely. The wood has fallen back a little bit, with leather beginning to take its place. Expect the final two inches to stay fairly consistent, with the one exception being the peppery spice that builds as you get closer to the nub.
When I lit up the first of the two Torches, it was one of the rare times I had a couple hours to do nothing but sit back, relax, and enjoy a cigar. It was the perfect time for a slow-burning stick with great flavors and construction….and the Torch Habano delivered.
What We Didn’t Like:
There isn’t a lot I didn’t like about the pair of Torch Habanos I smoked for this review. However, there are a couple things worth noting. First, the entire smoking experience is very dry, so bring a large drink. This may not be a stick you pair with straight liquor, as you could find yourself face first on the floor. I am now imagining everybody reading this saying, “Challenge Accepted.”
The second issue is far more selfish. If you visit the Veritas Cigars website, you can view the list of retailers. I was told by Chris Weber that this list is currently being updated, but as of right now it’s an incredibly small list with no retailers anywhere in my Tennessee region. This is especially disappointing after enjoying the Habano, because I’m now very curious about the Maduro and Connecticut varieties of the Torch line.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Assuming you live near one of the retailers that carries the brand, definitely. For an incredibly reasonable price, you get a cigar with great flavors and construction. The direction the cigar industry is going seems to be boutique brands that have no issue charging ridiculous prices for sticks. At $7.60, the barrier to Torch entry is incredibly reasonable and it’s a breath of fresh air.
Disclaimer: Cigars smoked for review were provided by Veritas Cigars.