Tips on Smoking Cigars


Torano Exodus24 SEP 2017 - A few developments with cigars...

First, I tried one of the Carlos Torano Exodus Gold 1959 Torpedos right after they were delivered, and was mildly disappointed. It burned okay, but was rather quick as though it was too dry or not rolled tight enough. This was not how I remembered Toranos, as it had been a few years since the last time I had one.

A week or so later I ordered and received the Boveda packs and put them in my humidors, in place of a couple of gel cups that were pretty old and neglected. Initially there was no change, humidity level read 65°, and I thought that maybe the battery on the hygrometer needed to be changed or even recalibrated. Another week went by and then I noticed the reading was 70°... the Boveda packs worked - very nice!

So today I pulled out another Torano just to see if my first experience would be repeated. Nope, quite the opposite... it was a very nice cigar, burning quite well, good draw, and a real pleasure to enjoy over the course of at least an hour. I'm guessing they were a little dry when first delivered and the Boveda packs moistened them up to just the right level.

Very happy to enjoy my Carlos Toranos again. Highly recommended, along with the Boveda humidity packs!



Habano210 SEP 2017 - Wow... I have a few HC Series Habanos that have been aging for several years in one of my humidors. They are very nice cigars, but I mostly attributed that to the extra aging. However last night I smoked one from a box that had just been delivered from cigar.com, and I'm impressed.

This is a box pressed Grande, 6" x 60, with a Habana 2000 wrapper. Here's the description and photo of the HC Series Habano2 from cigar.com:

Handcrafted in Nicaragua, the blend features Sumatran, Nicaraguan, and Honduran fillers that make a smooth, medium to full-bodied blend. A rare Habano 2000 wrapper is then applied over the savory fillers that add a much-needed richness to the blend. Once complete, the blend exudes flavors of rich pepper with notes of leather and cedar.

I don't know about the flavors described (I have yet to smoke pepper, leather, or cedar) but everything else was spot on. This cigar has a wonderful composition, achieving an easy draw of voluminous smoke while maintaining a slow steady burn. No runs and no need to re-light. It tasted good, neither too strong or weak, and feels solid to hold with just enough squeeze to let you know this was a nice fresh cigar.

I can't say enough about the Habano2. After last night, I got up first thing in the morning and ordered another box. Seriously, you could spend a lot more money on a cigar that doesn't match the HC Series Habano2.


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