They’re one of the premier tobacco-growing families of Cuba. Though it took 80 years to have a cigar bearing Toran?o’s name, they have provided some of the biggest cigar brands in the business — Partagas, J.C. Newman, General Cigar, CAO, Gurkha and others — with their crops and expert tobacco touch.
Toran?o & Co. was founded by Santiago Toran?o, a Spaniard who arrived in Cuba in 1916. His job was simple: buy Cuban cigar tobacco and resell it. As the rest of the family became involved with the growing business, the Toran?os diversified into brokering and growing tobacco — primarily Corojo and Connecticut shade wrapper leaf — on hundreds of acres, spread over two dozen farms between the Pinar del Río and Vuelta Abajo regions. Then came the change…Fidel Castro came into power with his communist revolution, and the sugar and tobacco industries — the Cuban lifeblood — were the first to be taken over under the name of “nationalization.’ The Torano family was ostracized, and their families fled the island under exile. This period in their history would later be commemorated with the flagship Toran?o cigar, Exodus 1959.
With their farms and bank accounts seized, some of the family went to Jamaica to work with General Cigar; others spread to the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, taking their tobacco knowledge and connections to begin again producing and brokering tobacco for cigars outside Cuba, right through to the Boom in the mid-90’s, when Carlos Toran?o began distributing his own brands of cigars. But as quickly as it began, the Boom was over; and to keep the company alive, Carlos began to manufacture his own cigars to survive.
Experimentation in the blending process has always been a part of the Toran?o heritage, using not only tobacco from Nicaragua, the DR and Honduras, but from Jamaica, Mexico, and no less than 5 other Central and South American countries and 3 continents. Offering robust and abundantly flavorful smokes, there is rich taste in both the more straightforward blends such as Loyal, Casa Torano and Toran?o Master, as well as the more diverse recipes of Vault, Finite and Toran?o Signature and others. Excellent construction, coupled with big and unique flavors, are the calling card of the Toran?o brand. Find the smoke that fits you best — and buy Toran?o cigars online at Famous Smoke Shop.... more