Torano Vault Blend A-008 BFC
Toraño Vault cigars stem from an unreleased blend found in the family vault. Consisting of heavy Nicaraguan filler from Estelí & Condega, a Jamastran binder and a shade-grown Nicaraguan wrapper, the blend was good, but still missing something. Adding a second binder leaf grown in the fertile volcanic soil of Ometepe, Nicaragua introduced an added layer of depth and complexity, et VOILA!, Vault was born. The smoke is medium to full in strength with a spicy, woodsy base.
Being a Carlos Torano follower, I was expecting something much better than what I got. I had this stick, aS all new cigars, resting in my humi, at 69 percent humidity, for 3 weeks. This is a not so cheap BFC, so I was expecting, great construction, big flavor, med-full body, lots of smoke, with some spice and complexity. NOT! The wrapper had a couple of seams unravel and open up while smoking. There was a small wrapper hole near the band. The draw was so restrictive, I felt like I was sucking on a clogged milkshake straw. I had to tripple puff each time, just to get minimal smoke output. The limited flavors were nothing more than washed out earthy wood and grass. At one puff early on, I detected a possible note of sweet maduro...but it came and went, withind one puff, never to be tasted again. It never raised passed a mild-body. There was virtually no spice, at all to speak about. The only positive note was that the burn line was OK. I litteraly had to force myself to smoke this thing past the half-way point, just to try to finish my personal review, but I lost the battle and had to put this thing down with 3 to 4 inches remaining. Overall, BOMB, OVERLY PRICED, NOT WORTH A NICKLE!