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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Torano Vault Gold VLE100
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: The Jackal, A.K.A. Jason Sherlock (Jackal)
85
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Carlos Torano Vault Gold VLE100.  There are only 100 boxes of 9 cigars, so this is truly a micro-release.  We are truly very fortunate to be able to get a set of these for review as they were only available as an event cigar as a part of the "Blends From the Vault Tour".  This is the third installment of a special series of blends that Carlos Torano Sr. had kept in his personal blend book.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Torano Cigars.  A special thanks goes out to Carlos Torano Cigars for making this one happen and to Brad (Vroomp) for providing the sticks!

Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
60
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Secret
Binder:
Secret
Wrapper:
Secret
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Toro Gordo

This cigar was enjoyed with Sailor Jerry Rum and Coke

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar is a beauty to look at.  It has a very tasteful gold band over a perfect box press.  The wrapper is chocolate brown and the whole presentation reminds me of a candy bar.  

There is a sweet pre-light aroma that is redolent of raisins.  The cap was well applied and clipped easily.

Cold draw was easy and gave me flavors of earth, chocolate and dried fruit.

Light & Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar lit easily and produced a voluminous cloud of dense sweet smelling smoke.  The draw seemed to tighten up a bit and was nice and firm, allowing even puffs.

The air flow on one side was a little constricted, leading to the burn line being biased.  A little massaging and a touch up about half way in, fixed this problem, but the burn line remained wavy.

The ash was salt and pepper and firm.  It held on for over an inch and showed no signs of flakiness.

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

Construction was top-notch.  The box press was perfect.  The wrapper was of the highest quality with no visible veins and a consistent color.

I felt along the entire length of the stick and found no hard or soft spots.  The cap was also applied by an expert.

The only construction issue was the constricted area mentioned above, which caused some burn issues.

Flavor: 28 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar opened with a bold dark coffee bean flavor with a touch of red pepper and some leather notes and a fairly short finish.

Once it opened up a bit, cedar came into the picture along with some mellow cabinet spices. The coffee bean tastes, which were a bit too bitter, backed off and became more mocha and the finish much sweeter but still shorter than I prefer.  This profile continued through the first third of the smoke.

As the second third approached, the coffee came back stronger and there was a touch of acridness in my throat.  Luckily, this faded after I got the burn back under control.  The finish remained short and became more dry.

There wasn't much to say about the last third.  The flavors stayed very similar to the second third, although the coffee notes became more intense.

Summary

All in all, this was a beautifully made cigar with a somewhat disappointing flavor.  The presentation was exceptional.  However, there really wasn't that much complexity to the flavors, and they stayed fairly constant, making this a somewhat dull smoking experience.

For an exceptionally rare cigar that should be showing off the best that Torano has to offer, the cigar just did not impress me.  

I am a fan of some of Torano's other offerings, and Torano is the master of making smooth, sweet cigars.  I think that they should have stuck with what they are experts at, and not gone for this much drier fuller-bodied blend.



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