Look, I’m not here to argue the fine points of cigar naming, but I’m also not above serving up an impromptu history lesson. Plus, this one makes perfect sense. A hogshead, besides just being served on a silver platter with an apple in its mouth, is a large wooden barrel that tobacco or alcohol was transported and stored in back when great great grand pappy was still around. This not only made lugging product from place to place easier, it also allowed whatever was inside to marry and age. And now that I’m done playing professor, welcome the newest member of the Torano family: Hogshead. Just as the name implies, expect a well-balanced handmade equipped with ample flavor.
Torano Hogshead brings deep flavors in spades, thanks to a three country blend of Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Pennsylvanian filler leaves. This hearty, dense core is then met with a thick Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper leaf. The end result is a complex, rich display that’s slightly spicy, issuing notes of coffee, earth, and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, and brimming with rustic old school charm (check out the awesome burlap packaging), this one is going to make some waves in a jiffy. The highly enjoyable price tag is merely icing on the cake. Sweet, delicious icing….oh yes.
If you're looking for an good budget cigar this one should definitely be in your rotation!
Roy T.✔ Verified Buyer
5 out of 5
Sep 11, 2015
By mistake I put two bundles in my cart and checked out. By the time I noticed my mistake they had already shipped. After smoking 6-10 of them in the last two months I couldn't be happier. Best mistake I have made in a long time. The name and Pennsylvania broadleaf caught my attention, as I'm not a Torano fan. Hogs head are well made and have a nice rich flavor. I'm going to save one bundle to age as I expect they will get much better with time. All in all a good cigar for the price.
TIMOTHY S.✔ Verified Buyer
3 out of 5
Young Tobacco Needs Some Time in the Humidor
Sep 02, 2015
Torano makes good cigars, but they may have rushed this one a bit to keep the price low and get something new on the market. The cigar isn't flawless, but has good construction which draws and burns well. Placing the cut cap on my tongue yielded that bitter tinge which indicates tobacco is young and hasn't had a chance to lose all of its acidic qualities. The pre-light draw was good with a strong barn yard smell from the foot. The first and second thirds of the cigar were fairly uneventful with some earth and leather coming across. The last third went south pretty quickly. I smoke fairly quickly which sometimes leads up to nicotine build up, but the last third was bitter both in the mouth and on the retrohale. It ended up in the soup can not having been burned much beyond where the band had been prior to its removal. Having purchased a mazo, I am looking forward to letting this cigar sit through the winter and give it a try next spring. The PA broadleaf in the filler vs the wrapper attracted me to this cigar in the first place. With age, I think this will be a good blend.
5 out of 5
A great smoke
Aug 21, 2015
they come in a burlap sack, but don't be fooled, this is a very pleasant smoke. I've shared them with the BOTL's at my B&M and we have all bought them. Nice spice on the nose, pleasant over mid tongue and a great finish on the back end. It is in my rotation. The nice price point helps. You need to give these a try.
Edward C.✔ Verified Buyer
5 out of 5
Aways A Great Deal
Aug 20, 2015
I really like the email deals that come to me frequently. I almost always find my favorite cigars are a part of one of these deals at least once a month. If not, I have had a good result with the make a bid feature. Additionally, although the cigars I like are a major brand, no other cigar company seems to carry the variations that I prefer. Nice work CI.
Smoked my first one right away. Never been as surprised considering the price. This is a premium stogie if I've ever seen one. First class taste, superb construction and perfect burn. You can bet this will be an everyday smoke for me. Congrats CI.
William H.✔ Verified Buyer
5 out of 5
Great Budget Cigar
Jul 04, 2015
This is a great budget cigar! Cigars International is my only choice when purchasing cigars!