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Monday, 14 July 2014

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Today we’ll take a closer look at two cigars: the Torano Vault Blend D-042 and the Arandoza White Label.

Torano Vault Blend D-042 BFC

Torano released its second Vault Blend, the D-042, last year as a follow-up to the original Vault Blend A-008.  Here’s the scoop, as presented in the official press release, by company president Charlie Torano:

“My father and I discovered a rare Pennsylvania leaf, while on a 1998 tobacco trip. Extensive experimentation revealed it to be an excellent enhancement to the filler tobaccos in Blend D-042, which we recorded in the blend book in 2004. The Pennsylvania tobacco’s flavor perfectly balanced the Nicaraguan filler combination. The original blend had a Sumatra Ecuadorian wrapper which was a popular choice at the time and widely available. In making some small adjustments to the original blend, we added a Habano Ecuadorian wrapper and the result was impressive. Blend D-042 is a powerful smoke, but with long and lingering sweet spice notes, it is very rounded and flavorful. It’s a fitting addition to our Vault line, complementing our runaway top-seller and widely distributed Vault Blend A-008.”

As for the whole “blend” blend concept, here’s what Torano had to say about that:

“Our experience in tobacco, as recorded in the blend book, is our past, present and future in the world of exceptional premium cigars. Thus, the book has been securely sequestered in a bank’s safe-deposit box. Not all our blend recipes are worthy to take to market, but they are still considered special to us and irreplaceable. In the case of the D-042 blend, the recipe lay dormant since 2004 until now, before coming to life with the addition of the Habano wrapper from Ecuador which was not readily available back then.”

That sounds like a pretty cool concept to me.  Now let’s jump into the review to see what the D-042 is all about.

I chose the BFC version of the Torano Vault Blend D-042, which is a cigar that measures 6 x 60.  The line also comes in three other formats, which range from the 5 x 52 Robusto to the 6 1/8 x 52 Torpedo.  As described in the press release, the D-042 is made up of Pennsylvanian and Nicaraguan fillers, plus an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

The Vault Blend D-042 definitely gives off the vibe of a premium cigar.  Besides the BFC’s thick look, it also has a bit of elegance thanks to the pair of decorative bands.  The band near the head displays the Vault moniker along with the Torano name over a gold, black, and red color scheme.  The band at the foot is smaller and is red in color.  The cigar itself has a chocolate brown wrapper that’s oily with a few minor veins.  I detect no soft spots.  There’s a pre-light aroma that’s earthy, while the cold taste is of pepper.

I went with a punch cut for this smoking experience, and after hitting the D-042 BFC with my torch lighter, the cigar burns decently.  The draw is good and there’s plenty of smoke, but some touch-ups are needed.  The ash is a tad on the flaky side and is white in color.  Smoking time is 90 minutes.






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