Carlos Torano Virtuoso, Forte (Robusto Extra)

Carlos Torano, Virtuoso

Forte (Robusto Extra), 5.5 x 56
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown


Review date 2/11/2011
Reviewer Jeremy (Greenville, SC)
Look and feel 88.0
Flavor and aroma 92.5
Burn and construction 91.0
Overall 91.3 Sponsors
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Let me start off by saying that the second cigar that I ever smoked was a Carlos Torano Virtuoso (the first being a Cusano 18 Double Connecticut.) I smoked it too fast on an empty stomach and, well, you can probably guess the rest of that story! Needless to say, I was a bit intimidated when I decided to revisit this cigar.

First of all, this cigar has been resting in my humidor for over half a year. The main reason being that I was getting some serious ammonia off of this stick. I would check in on it every few months and finally, today, it seemed to have mellowed out enough to give it a whirl.

The cigar had a dark and attractive wrapper overall, but it had a few blemishes. Its construction was terrific however, and it was packed rock hard. The draw felt a bit snug, but the smoke volume turned out to be great anyway. It eased up while I smoked it.

I picked up some serious barnyard off of the wrapper. Once I lit up, all I can say is WOW! This cigar comes out swinging with tons of great flavor. Performing a slow retrohale produced a burning pepper sensation at the back of the throat and nose. Just a few puffs in and I already felt like I had my money's worth on this cigar.

I'll admit - the flavors on this cigar were probably a bit too advanced for my amateur palate to identify. However, I enjoyed this cigar tremendously. It had great flavor all the way through, excellent burn, and it produced a nice surprise right at the end. At the end, a sweet flavor took over and I just had to nub the cigar. Needless to say, I enjoyed my second time around with this cigar, and I'll likely be coming back for more.

Smoke time 75 minutes
Cigar age 4 yr. 4 mo.
Price per stick $8.45
Review created: 2/11/2011Last modified: 2/11/2011
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