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Wednesday, 04 September 2013

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We are mixing the mild with the bold in today’s cigar reviews on Puff.com, and we’ll start off on the lighter note by taking a closer look at the Carlos Torano Reserva Selecta.  Finishing things off will be a review of the powerful Ezra Zion Tantrum.

Carlos Torano Reserva Selecta Robusto

The Torano brand is just one of several that’s been reviewed plenty of times here on Puff.com, and with good reason.  It’s known for putting out some high quality smokes, one of which goes by the name of the Reserva Selecta.  Now this isn’t supposed to be just one of Torano’s best lines, it’s actually been labeled as the brand’s “finest cigar.”  That’s a pretty large claim to make when you consider the brand’s history that includes such popular lines as the Exodus and Signature, but a little research has shown that it has received some very high ratings across the board.  Well, all of that hype in this intro has me pumped, so now’s a good time to begin the actual review and see if the Reserva Selecta lives up to its lofty reputation.

The Carlos Torano Reserva Selecta Robusto measures 5 x 50.  It also comes in a Torpedo format that measures 6 1/8 x 52.  The cigar’s interior is made up of Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan tobaccos, while its exterior consists of a Connecticut Shade wrapper.  It’s worth noting that you can also find the Reserva Selecta in a Maduro version that comes with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper if that’s more to your liking.  As for the Reserva Selecta’s strength, it’s listed as mild-bodied.

When it comes to the presentation of the Torano Reserva Selecta, I can definitely describe it as being top notch.  The cigar comes in a clear tube, and once opened, you can there’s even more protection via a cedar sheath that covers its bottom half.  The decorative band near the head features the Torano name and logo, while the band beneath it displays the Reserva Selecta moniker.  Both bands carry a dark blue color that gives off a bold, yet classy look.  The cigar itself has a medium-brown wrapper that is oily and smooth.  There are very few minor veins that are visible and it really looks impeccable from head to toe.  The Reserva Selecta has zero soft spots and is packed full of tobacco.  I detect a sweet flavor before lighting and an aroma of earth.

If I had to describe the burn of the Carlos Torano Reserva Selecta in one word, it would be solid.  The burn stays razor sharp throughout the smoking experience and the draw is excellent, even though it started off a bit tight.  The smoke is thick, and the gray ash is solid in nature.  Overall, there are no complaints in this department.






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