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Written by Paul Shoberg

Friday, 18 September 2009

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I feel a little bad writing this review, as I have never been a fan of Mexican tobacco.  Better stated, I have never had a cigar with a majority of San Andrean tobacco that has ever done anything for me.  The Te-Amo’s have always let me down, the old RyJ Dominicans had some Mexican binder, but I am not sure that counts.  So take this with a grain of salt, as the A. Turrent line of cigars is beautifully wrapped in Mexican San Andrean wrapper, and has Nicaraguan binder and filler.

I decided to give these guys another chance, as I read an article in Smoke Magazine about how much the Mexican tobacco industry had been modernized, and how the majority of the regular cigar smokers (including myself) were overlooking Mexican tobacco…unfairly.  The relatively new A. Turrent line of cigars celebrates 125 years of cigar tradition in the Turrent family.   Their claim is that this new line is five generations of pride, passion and commitment to excellence summed up in one extraordinary cigar. “The cigar Industry’s oldest family celebrates 125 years of heritage with their crowning achievement.”

If this is all true, I am in for a whale of a smoke, and for that whale like experience, I will be smoking the A. Turrent Toro, a 6 x 50 standard Toro shaped cigar that has been restfully ageing in my humidor for about 9 months.  No excuses about age or proper conditioning, as these babies have been resting in Four Seasons like luxury for the last 9 months.

I know looks aren’t everything, but looks in this case are a good starter.  The A. Turrent Toro looks nice…nothing overly outstanding, just a good solid looking smoke with a nice clean wrapper.  It’s nice to note that the band isn’t overdone either.  For a 125 year masterpiece I could surely understand them going a bit crazy on the band and jacking up the price.  Thankfully that is not the case.

I nervously cut the cigar with a sparkling sharp Palio cutter, and the top lopped off like a well made cigar should. My nervousness stems from every prior experience I have had with Mexican cigars, but so far so good!  Lighting it up was duly as nice, as it took to flame like it wanted to be smoked.  Decent amounts of smoke followed, and I was getting encouraged and over my trepidation.  With my renewed optimism, I leaned back on my screened in porch, flicked on the TV, and searched for just about any sporting event on the tube.
 






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