Random Cigar Musings – Wednesday March 10, 2010

I’ve been on a maduro torpedo kick this week.  After Saturday’s Diesel Unholy Cocktail, I followed it up on Sunday with a very nice CAO Brazilia Samba.  The Samba is a 6¼ x 54 torpedo with a Brazilian wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler. I enjoyed this cigar quite a bit.  It burned very evenly and was on the stronger side of medium bodied. Cocoa, coffee and some spiceyness were the dominant flavors, ones that I expect and enjoy in this line.  I am pretty sure I got this one at the CAO party at the Palms in Las Vegas at the 2008 IPCPR show.  They handed out a handful of CAO, Toraño, and Henri Wintermans cigars at the door and Lynyrd Skynyrd provided the entertainment.  Quite a cool evening.

Last night I picked out a Toraño Exodus 1959 – 50 Years Torpedo.  Slightly shorter than the Samba at 5½ x 52, it also sports a Brazilian wrapper and Nicaraguan filler, but with a Honduran binder.  Similar in flavor to the CAO, but I found it milder.  I was a little disappointed by this one, I expected stronger flavors.  The construction was top notch of course.  I’ve had good experiences with this line, too bad this one didn’t live up to my expectations.  I picked this one up at Cigars International last fall when they had a Toraño event at the Superstore in Bethlehem.  I have a couple  Casa Toraño Maduro Lanceros for which I have high hopes.

After all the dark wrapped torps this week I decided I needed to change it up a little tonight and grabbed a Camacho Corojo Candela Monarca.  I know, I should have saved this for March 17th, it being the appropriate emerald green for St. Patrick’s Day. The cigars from this box have all been rather loosely rolled, giving them a very free draw.  I found out some time ago that if I pierce the cap with a Cigar Spike, it makes for a perfect draw. These are a strong cigar, although the candela wrapper tempers the power that the Corojo line is famous for a little.  These can still overwhelm if one isn’t careful. I find them a nice change of pace.  I still have several from a box I purchased a few years ago from Rock’s Smoke Shop in East Stroudsburg, PA. so smoking one next week isn’t out of the question.

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Until the next cigar,



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