Carlo Torano Reserva Decantencia cigar review
A revolutionary cigar.
Aside from being one of the oldest and most celebrated families in the cigar business, the Toranos have always been known for innovative practices. First introducing the Cuban-seed to the Dominican Republic, the frequent use of premium tobaccos outside of Central America, and now Reserva Decadencia. Hand-crafted in Honduras, this mild-bodied blend employs a well-aged mixture of Honduran, Dominican, and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobaccos hugged by a sultry Connecticut shade wrapper. In fact, this is the same blend as their top-selling, mild-bodied masterpiece Reserva Selecta. However, these superior tobaccos are patiently aged in French Oak Barrels used for a sumptuous chocolate port, enhancing the flavours of each leaf into something very special. A smooth, creamy core of rich tobacco flavours mingles with notes of cocoa, with a sweet, velvety influence. A delicious cigar unlike any other on the market today
The cigar we tried in this series was the tubed robusto. Now this is probably one of those cigars that you will either love or hate, purely down to the fact that it is heavily flavoured with the port barrels the leaves are aged in. Upon opening the tube, you are hit by the lovley aroma of the chocolate port. The appearance of the cigar is faultless, with the wrapper having just the hint of an oily texture and the body of the cigar firm to the touch.Upon lighting, the draw is open and easy, typical characteristics of the Nicaraguan or Dominican Cigars of today. The burn throughout is even showing a good, light grey ash.
The first third is definitely the best. The port, chocolate and coffee come though in favourable measures. Some may find this a tadge sweet, especially those who prefer the cuban taste, but it is not like smoking a sweet cigar, like a Swisher or a Backwood. There is no harshness or bitterness with this cigar, just an abundance of flavours. The deep port and chocolate lasts well over two thirds of the cigar, where the port naturally dies down. Coffee is very subtle in the background throughout, giving a new texture to the experience. There is a woody hint to the cigar throughout, which is probably owing to the oak barrel ageing.
This is one of those cigars that is pretty unique due the way it is aged, and is difficult to compare against others. If you like a cigar with complexity and deep full flavours, this is definitely one to try and I would highly recommend. Its a cigar for special occasions, but for price, if you can get hold of them, they are very reasonably priced for a everyday smoke when compared to Cubans. This would definitely be in my top 5 cigars.
Appearance and construction 14/15
Smoking Characteristics 24/25
Overall Experience 34/35