Yep, you guessed it. The Torano Salutem is another release from IPCPR 2012. I ran across them at Ed’s shop the other day. Some of the regular guests there suggested I try it. As usual, I have no background on this blend. Does the Salutem deliver where it counts? Read on…
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Jalapa, Nicaragua
Filler: Cameroon, Dominican Corojo, Esteli
Size: Robusto 5 x 52
Price: Around $7.00
Pre-Smoke & Construction:
The wrapper was shiny and smooth, with an almost waxy appearance. The wrapper had an aroma of hay and earth, and it left a tingle in the nose. The foot was the same, but it wasn’t as strong. This cigar was packed rock solid. It had no give when squeezed. This led to a draw that was a bit too tight for my liking. The pre-light flavor was wood, hay, earthiness, and a touch of bitterness.
Once lit, the draw opened up a little, making for a much nicer smoking experience. The ash held for just over an inch, and the burn required a few minor corrections.
Apparently I forgot to take a picture of the unlit cigar. Instead, I offer you a pic of the fancy band.
The first third had a mixture of earthiness, wood, cayenne pepper, and a hint of leather. The smoke feel wasn’t particularly thick, but it was chewy, if that makes sense.
The second third took on a smooth smoke feel. Wood was the dominant flavor, followed by pepper, earth, and a touch of leather. A bitter sweet component joined in at around half way point.
The last third kept the same flavor profile as before. The only difference was in the aftertaste, which clung to the lips and tongue.
This was a solid medium bodied cigar. The flavor profile brings one word to mind, balanced. I wasn’t wowed, but I wasn’t let down at all. There is nothing to complain about here. I think the Torano Salutem is worth a try.
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