Archive for March, 2012

Well, Spring is definitely in the air! And what that means for me is allergies. I must have sneezed a zillion times this weekend. It was a very relaxing weekend, that didn’t entail all that much and yet I kept myself very busy. For me, my weekends begin on Thursday nights. Thursday nights are usually Hurf times and all the guys will get together. This time, it was myself and my friend Dan. Everyone else was busy. I enjoyed #cigarchatlive on the iPhone and enjoyed a Punch while chatting.

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I followed that stick up with a Carlos Toranos Virtuoso… A great Cigar!
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I am blessed to have every Friday off, and that day is considered Daddy Day. I love having the day with the kids, and getting to relax and smoke a cigar at my leisure. This past Friday, I enjoyed a new favorite, Eddie Ortega’s new stick called the Ortega Serie “D” I smoked the #8. It was an excellent stick!

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While smoking it, I took some fun pics and messed with them in Instagram. I posted them on Twitter, and Eddie liked one so much he used it for his Facebook page. I was honored. Here’s the one he used…

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Friday night, I asked my parents to watch the kids, & I took Susanna out to see “The Hunger Games.” It was a great movie. I felt bad, though, because about 20 minutes in, I picked up a cough. I wasn’t able to shake it off and I struggled with a tickle in my throat all night.

Saturday morning, I was up and on a mission. I knew that this coming week was going to be rather warm, so I seized the opportunity Saturday and trimmed the tree in our front yard. Then, when I realized I had limbs all over the place, I called my dad. Luckily, because it was a beautiful day, he was off cruising in his Corvette. He didn’t take the truck, so I ran over and picked it up, loaded up the leaves and other trash, and headed to the dump. I took my son, Hayden, with me. He loved it! He’s 4 and he’d never been to the dump so I thought he might enjoy it. He also enjoyed the picnic we had on the back porch with Sonic burgers and tater tots when we got home. It was just one of those kind of weekends when you wanted to be outside! The rest of Saturday included weed eating and mowing the grass. Then, I had to spray to try and kill all these weeds off. I took a short break to enjoy one of my “go to” cigars, a Victor Sinclair Connecticut Yankee Box Pressed. It’s a great cheap stick that I often differ to if I’m doing yard work or something that’s not going to allow me to sit and savor a smoke.

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Sunday, we went to church then went out to eat at an old diner called the Jinny Lind Country Cafe. It’s a little diner that used to be a school house. In fact, it’s where my grandmother attended school as a child.

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Good home style cooking! I enjoyed the catfish. We came home afterwards and all took long naps. We had some friends come over later for dinner. I’m still struggling with my cough, but hanging in there. Unfortunately, this cough has been too bad to allow me to have a cigar and that’s driving me nuts! Hopefully that will change here real soon. I’ve got a few humidors full and more on the way. Gotta get to feeling better. Well, I hope you all had a great weekend and are having a wonderful start to your week.

-Frankie

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Carlos Torano Exodus 1959

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is the beautiful and tasty Carlos Torano Exodus ’59 50 years cigar! This cigar will make you want to slap your momma, it’s that good!

Warning: this cigar is addictive! Read this at your own risk! I’ve officially felt obligated to smoke four for this one review… By the time you read this line, I will have lit up another!

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History:
This is a cigar that is bathed in history and the story of the life of the Torano cigar is a thing of beauty! It all started with Don Santiago Torano, who moved from Spain to Cuba. He had three sons, Jaime, Jose, and Carlos. By ’59, The Torano family had 17 tobacco farms throughout Cuba. After the Cuban government nationalized the tobacco farms, Don Santiago Torano left and headed to Dominican Republic, where he introduced the Cuban seed to the farmers in the Dominican Republic. Don Santiago suddenly passed away, and that left the business to his son and grandson, Carlos and Charlie, the third and fourth generation of the Torano family. Now, it’s Carlos and Charlie who are involved in the cigar industry, and have introduced the Exodus ’59 representing the year their family headed to the Dominican Republic. The company today thrives because of the work of Carlos and Charlie. This is truly an amazing company. These guys know tobacco, and they are doing a phenomenal job.

Recent History:
In Miami, Florida on May 12, 2011 the Toraño Family Cigar Company, announced the upcoming launch of the Exodus 1959 50 Years that was unveiled at the 2011 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, NV.  It was the fifth vitola to be introduced by the family in that line, which became a true staple of the Toraño portfolio. The Exodus 1959 50 Years has received many accolades, including being awarded a 93 rating by Cigar Aficionado and ranked number 12 on their list of top 25 cigars of the year in 2010.

“The popularity of larger ring gauges continues and we felt that the Exodus 1959 50 Years blend worked very favorably” -Charlie Toraño

A leader in the cigar industry, Toraño Family Cigar Company is a four generation company currently based in Miami, FL. It enjoys a rich heritage and history in tobacco growing and manufacturing. For more information: http://www.torano.com. Please also follow Toraño on Facebook: Toraño A family Cigar Company or on Twitter: @TORANOFAMCIGARS.
http://www.torano.com/toranobrands

Time in humi: 2 weeks
Size: Robusto 5×50
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown
Binder:Honduran
Filler: Estelí and Pueblo Nuevo Nicaragua
Location: The Danli Factory, Honduras
This line is also available in a
51/2×52 Torpedo
6×48 Short Churchill
5×55 Box Press.
Cost: $6.60
Smoke time: 45 min-1hour

Paired with: Coke, Coffee, and water… remember 1 smoked 4 of these for this review!  As crazy as this may sound, I even enjoyed dry coco puffs one morning while smoking this thing to accentuate the flavor.  And that it did!

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Upon Lighting the stick:
This is a beauty to behold! It’s oily but not veiny. It’s smooth, soft, and light in the hand. I punched this stick as I do most of my cigars. I use a medium size punch. Immediately this cigar has a perfect draw. It has ceded tones prelit.

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1st Third:
The blend offers a unique and flavorful profile which provides sweet, creamy notes that dominate the palate with subtle hints of spice, dark chocolate, and raisin. I love it! And as soon as you light it up, it explodes with that dark chocolate! The 1st third doesn’t waste any time getting you to those beautiful flavors I’m becoming obsessed with!

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Second:
Sweet, creamy notes dominate the palate with subtle hints of spice, dark chocolate, and raisins adding further complexity to this sensorial experience.

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Final Portion:
The finish is long and lingering with a distinct leathery note. I love this stick!

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Conclusion:
This is now and has almost been ever since, a daily smoke for me. I love this stick!
Have i mentioned that?!?! It’s great! The result of the combinations in this cigar is a unique and luxurious flavor profile which is intense and rich, yet rounded and balanced. I love the chocolaty flavors on the palate after this smoke. I love the dark Brazillian cocoey type taste from this wrapper! It’s honestly a cigar flavor that I wake up thinking about first thing in the morning, and long for throughout the day. Pick up one of these if you haven’t already. You will not be disappointed! Now I’ll smoke another!

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