Wrapper: Shade Grown Nicaraguan Colorado
Binder: Ometepe, Nicaragua and Jamastran, Honduras
Filler: Esteli and Condega, Nicaragua
Size: Robusto (5×52)
Body: Medium to Full
Initial Observations: The brown Colorado wrapper is flawless with very few veins and they are all very small, making the wrapper appear seamless. There is no flaking, tearing or wrinkling of the tobacco. The aroma is very pleasant and creamy with notes of almond, earth and subtle hints of spice.
Cut: I used my Xikar to clip the very tip. It cut very easily and did not cause flaking or tearing of the wrapper.
Prelight Draw: The cold draw was predominately woody, hints of earth and again, creamy.
Toast and Burn: Perfect toast and burn using a single flame Xikar torch.
First Blush Puffs: Notes of wood are immediately present followed quickly with spice. Spice is very noticeable immediately in the smoke as well.
First Third: Rich wood, earth and spice wash over the palate in perfect balance. Each puff finishes with the warmth of spice ob the tongue and in the nostrils in the retrohale. The flavors remain consistent throughout the first third. The burn is absolutely perfect and the ash holds on past the first inch. The draw started slightly tight but opened up quickly as I continued smoking.
Second Third: As the second third opens up, leather and cream join the mix and the spice fades from the finish, leaving notes of wood to settle on the palate. The spice is still a major player in the complexities of the smoke, however. It warms the roof of the mouth throughout. At this point the ash was still holding on so I held my own little long ash contest. The ash dropped just minutes after I captured a photo, but thankfully it fell into the ashtray instead of my usual keyboard or lap drop. Around this time there were also sight imperfections in the burn but a few shallow puffs quickly fixed that.
Final Third: In the midst of the finale of this fen smoke, I start to pick up a bit of a sweet nutty flavor, almost almond-like. The wood and leather remain but the spice has settled considerably. I had to eventually get out my nubbier tool. I typically do not nub cigars but The Vault was just too good to put down. It finished perfectly.
Conclusions: If I had to pick one word to describe this cigar it would be “harmony”. The flavors married incredibly well to create an ideal medium-full bodied smoke. The blend was absolute perfection with a wide variety of notes that teased and pleased every part of my palate. I can honestly say that, after smoking several, this cigar is, hands down, my favorite to hit the market this year. There is nothing negative, in my opinion that can be said about any aspect of my smoking experience from the moment I picked it out of my humidor to my final puff. I greatly look forward to future blends from The Vault. If Blend A-008 is any indication of what is to come, The Torano Cigar Family must have a mass of cigar gems waiting to be enjoyed.