The cigar now named Torano Vault, is a blend that has been around the Torano family for the last decade. Originally called Liga A-008, this blend never found a home, but recently resurfaced on Charlie Torano’s radar. While it was always a great blend, Charlie Torano thought it needed some extra power and wow-factor before it could be brought to market. He found the secret sauce: a touch of tobacco from Nicaragua’s rich, volcanic Ometepe region - which boosts this cigar’s flavor profile immensely.
With a blend bolstered and a dark, oily Nicaraguan Colorado wrapper, this full bodied treat is no longer a secret. Right from the start, it’s a full-flavored firecracker that is sure to grab your attention. Once you pass through the first inch or so the spice mellows a little and is complemented by a smooth, nuttiness that embraces your palate and never lets go. It's delicious, no doubt. And fairly modestly priced too.
In addition to 'Humidor Selection' honors, Carlos Torano Vault received a well-deserved. 92-point rating, noting: "Well-crafted with an oily wrapper and no soft spots on the cigar. The smoke has a creamy texture, as well as a fairly strong salt-and-pepper character."
I tried these after enjoying other Torano cigars in the past as part of sampler packs. This one wrecked me. It has a strong burnt cardboard taste, and left my mouth tasting like an ashtray for an hour afterward. Maybe I am a lightweight. Or maybe I like an enjoyable smoke without my eyes burning. Either way, this one is not for me.