Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Veritas Torch Habano Toro

It's a great feeling when someone asks you to review their cigars, but you know what? It's an even better feeling when someone asks you to review a great cigar! That's the case with this Veritas Torch Habano Toro. Veritas Cigars asked me to review this stick and boy it turn out to be a real winner in my book.
Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 6  x 50 Toro
  • Wrapper: Sun Grown Ecuadorean Habano
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Jalapa and Ometepe
  • Cutting Method: Colibri V-cutter
  • Paired with: French roast coffee
  • Price: $7.60 Sample provided for review by Veritas Cigars

Veritas Torch Habano Toro
I have been going crazy the last week trying to work this Veritas Torch Habano into my review rotation because I was really excited about giving it a try. Before pulling off the cellophane I had no idea the cigar had a pigtail cap and a closed foot, I like that.

Like always the first step for me is to check the foot for aromas. I put the cigar to my nose and inhaled deeply, when the aroma from the foot of this cigar hit my nose I literally said out loud, "wow"! The deep rich aromas of chocolate and tobacco from this cigar were amazing. I clipped the pigtail cap to check the cold draw flavors, of course the draw was super tight, it has a closed foot, but there were still notes of rich tobacco and chocolate. To be honest I had to write Veritas to confirm it was a Habano wrapper because the notes of chocolate were so pronounced I knew it had to be a maduro. Well as you can see, I was wrong. To finish the construction details, the cigar was packed firmly from head to foot, there were only the finest of veins present in the slightly toothy wrapper, plus the wrapper was rolled on with seamless precision. All this care resulted in a really nice looking cigar.

The closed foot was easier to light than I had anticipated and the first draws yielded a mix of cocoa, coffee with a slight hint of tree fruit. I didn't find this Torch to have a complex flavor mix but other flavors did come and go as the burn progressed. As the second third started notes of toast, oak and molasses joined the cocoa. In the final third a bit of earth joined in and was followed by some dried fruit. Right around the band area the flavors shifted for the final time to a mix of cream, coffee and cocoa. This wasn't my favorite burnt mocha, there were no notes of charcoal, but it was close and it was very tasty!

Burn wise, this Torch toro lasted for 1 hour and 10 minutes. The burn line was spot one and the flaky, light grey ash held for the first third. In the final third the wrapper developed a nice oily sheen for the finish.

This Veritas Torch cigar is another great example of careful blending, testing and quality workmanship. I thought this cigar was fantastic and look forward to adding more to my humidors. I would like to thank Veritas Cigars for the opportunity to smoke and review this gem. Thank you!

Rated: 94