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Monday, 05 March 2012

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262pic1 Welcome back to another edition of cigar reviews on Puff.com. Today's reviews will cover the medium to full-bodied 262 Paradigm Toro and the smooth and mild Casa Toraño Robusto.

262 Paradigm Toro

262 Cigars is an interesting company. The name 262 comes from the date of February 1962, when the Cuban Trade Embargo was signed. 262 carries an edgy motto of “Smoke the Revolution,” and their selections supposedly offer pre-revolution flavor via post-revolution seed. I can definitely appreciate 262's marketing efforts, but I really want to know if this Paradigm Toro I am about to smoke is worth its price tag. Now is the time to find out.

The 262 Paradigm Toro measures 6 x 54. There are also three other sizes in the line, including the 4 x 52 Robusto, 4 x 60 4Sixty, and 6 1/4 x 54 Torpedo. Of all the sizes, the Toro is the only one that is box-pressed. The cigar features a filler of Nicaraguan Seco and Ligero tobaccos that are combined with Cubito Cuban Seed tobacco grown in Colombia. The binder is Honduran, and the wrapper is Brazilian. That's quite a global mix there, so hopefully the diversity comes through when smoking. In terms of strength, the Paradigm line is listed as medium to full-bodied.

The Paradigm Toro has an interesting appearance, with a nice decorative band at the foot. The band displays the 262 logo and the Paradigm name in modern, edgy graphics. The cigar itself has a dark wrapper with very little oil. The wrapper has some tooth to it as well, and the box-pressed shape looks good. Some minimal veins are noticeable, but no real imperfections exist. Feeling the cigar reveals some give, and it almost has a spongy texture. The pre-light scent of coffee and the chocolate cold taste really have me yearning to light this stogie up.

The Paradigm Toro lights rather easily and exhibits a solid burn overall. The draw is easy. The ash is solid and gray in color. The burn is razor sharp from beginning to end. Zero touch-ups are needed, and the same holds true for any re-lighting. The burn gets an A plus in my book.

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