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Toraño Cigars

By: Kellie K. Speed

When shopping for a high quality cigar, two of the most important things to look for are reputation and quality.  Carlos Toraño cigars have just that.  The company has been in business since 1916 and since its near 80 years in the industry, Toraño Cigars continues to offer some of the best cigars on the market.  The company recently released its Toraño premium cigar, “Casa Toraño,” revealing it had been the family’s private cigar for years.

One of our personal favorites is the Exodus 1959 Silver Edition, which is a medium to full bodied cigar with complex flavors that have hints of citrus and wood. The beautiful Criollo wrapper blends magnificently with the combination of Honduran, Mexican and Costa Rican filler

In addition, the Reserva Selecta is mild to medium bodied with notes of sweet cream and cedar, with a long herbal finish. All cigars with tobaccos aged three to five years are wrapped in cedar and encased in crystal tubes to preserve freshness. Packed in boxes of 20 or 5 count gift boxes.

Over the years, the Toraño family became one of the biggest and most well known growers of Cuban tobacco leaf.  By the time of the revolution in 1959, the Toraño family owned and operated approximately 17 farms throughout Cuba. 

After the Cuban government nationalized the tobacco farms, Carlos Toraño, took his passion for tobacco to the Dominican Republic. Still today, growers in the Dominican Republic credit Toraño with introducing the Cuban seed to the Dominican Republic and teaching the farmers there how to grow what is today known as Piloto Cubano.  Today, the company has expanded to growing in Nicaragua, Mexico and Ecuador.

Nearly 25 years ago, the company began to focus more of its business on the production of cigars rather than the growing of tobacco. Today, they are the only family cigar business to own and operate three cigar factories in each of the leading cigar producing countries: Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic with a wide range of cigars, which are now sold throughout the world.

The Casa Toraño cigars comes in four classic shapes: Robusto, Corona, Toro, and Torpedo with Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut-seed tobacco.

Suggested retail pricing ranges from $3.95 to $4.95. For more information or to purchase some cigars, visit www.torano.com  or call 800-724-4277.

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Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahners’ Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.

 

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