Saturday, May 28, 2011

Toraño Exodus 1959 - 50 Years

You know I thought Washington State had it bad when it comes to smoking laws - Guess what? It's worse in Canada! Sure you can buy your favorite Cuban cigars up there, but try to find a place to smoke them. Smoking is not permitted in any public space or building, including pubs, bars, lounges, clubs, restaurants or malls.

I know what you're thinking, what about Casinos and private clubs (like our Vertigo or the Lit), isn't it the same as here in Washington?
Negative! The BC Ministry of Health says: "These establishments are not exempt from the smoking ban. Prohibiting smoking provides a level playing field with other hospitality establishments in our province and protects people from the hazards of second-hand smoke."

And then there's the matter of price. Have you ever bought a Cuban cigar in Canada? Holy Shito! Spendy is an understatement. I was talking to my tobacconist the other day and he said that the price is so high because of us (Yanks) - with the embargo we're willing to pay just about anything for something that we can't have at home.


Cuban cigars are way overrated. Kind of like Apple computers... (smile)

So last night I was down at the Tobacco Patch for my Friday night cigar. We lucked out, it wasn't raining - thank God! I've been looking forward to trying this Toraño, Exodus 1959 - 50 years cigar all week. My good friend Alex with Toraño Cigars gave it to me a few weeks back. Anyway, on the way over to the Patch, my lovely wife and I stopped for a mocha first. Weird thing about downtown Kirkland - there's a million places to get coffee, but only two are open after 9 PM. No kidding. We swung by Caffe Ladro, it's just across the street from the Patch.

Skipping ahead...

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Esteli & Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua
Size: 5 1/2 x 52
Shape: Torpedo

So what did I think? I really liked it! I'm sure it was because of the dark Brazilian wrapper - really great full flavored taste. Something unique about a Brazilian wrapper - not sweet, just a rich taste that you just can't put down. You know usually I don't do a "v" cut on torpedos due to draw issues, but I forgot my cutter at home, so I had to use the one at the counter at the Patch. I think I might start doing a "v" cut on a regular basis - the draw was absolutely perfect! Just the way I like it. Not too tight, just billows of smooth rich smoke. Nice....

My Rating: 9

PS - Alex, if you happen to read this, take a look at the photo below. That's my primary humidor that I've had for years. Recognize the name? Totally forgot that I had a Toraño humidor.

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