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Toscano Classico Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, April 22, 2013

Toscano Classico Cigar Review

This 6×34 perfecto features a very dark chocolate thick and lumpy wrapper, definitely hand-rolled. It has big veins, big seams, both open ends and a thick toothy wrapper. It’s constructed of Italian and Kentucky flame cured leaves. First light reveals a very snug draw that i massaged a bit to normal, finally producing good smoke output with mild-medium oily damp must tobacco flavors with the same plus a touch of pepper zing through the long finish. The first third quickly develops to a rich, thick, oily, sweet, musty, peppery tobacco. The finish is long and of the same, construction is great. Hitting the 1/2 way point 40 minutes in, the only change is the body creeping up to medium-full. Ending at just over an hour where it started getting very warm, it proved to be a very consistent smoke! Thank you very much to ItalianSmokes.com for sending this sample in for review!

  • Lalla

    What a fun, rustic cigar. I have a friend who likes cheroots, and I think he would love that cigar.

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      Tell your friend about the special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10

      Happy Smoking! 😉

      • MaxDuo

        It’s pretty awesome that you guys did so much response on this review.

        Also very nice that you have the discount… will definitely make use of it with the next paycheck. :)

      • MaxDuo

        And now I have taken advantage of the code and ordered the Classico 5 pack. Excited! But now it has to sit in my humidor and tease me. Can’t wait to try this out.

        Later on 3-4 more paychecks down the road I may try some others.

  • garlar10

    Well this looks like one cigar maker that got the message about oversized ring gages…

  • zzpop102

    Sounds pretty tasty. The look of them reminds me of backwoods haha.

    • LordCybor

      lol… The backwoods italia extrioso!! By the description, it does sound very enjoyable.

  • superdutyal

    that thing is odd but kind of cool … and that is one reason i like watching you , you give stuff a honest try

  • Jason Isbaner

    Cool looking cigar, smoked kind of messy but flavors sounded good.

  • PaulG

    My dad used to smoke Backwoods when I was a kid, the way these look remind me of them.

  • smokethis

    I think Clint Eastwood smokes these in his old spaghetti westerns. Man i love those movies.

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      Smokethis: Spot on! Clint Eastwood was smoking Toscano cigars in the Spaghetti Westerns directed by Sergio Leone (he was a big Toscano fan) such as the Dollars Trilogy. He was smoking alla Maremma (i.e. the cowboy style, which means smoking the whole Toscano cigar).

      Now, enjoy the special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10 at https://www.italiansmokes.com/

  • TimB

    Reminds me of the ones Clint use to smoke in The Man with no name movies.I smoked something like that back in the day they were not bad nice flavor.

  • MR_EXPRESS

    Awesome. I’ve been looking for a cigar like that. See my avatar for why.

    • smokethis

      Love that avatar Mr_Express !.

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      MR_EXPRESS: Clint was smoking Toscano cigars in the Dollars Trilogy cos Sergio Leone (the director) was a big Toscano. He was smoking alla Maremma, i.e. the cowboy style, which means smoking the whole Toscano cigar.

      Now, enjoy the special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10 at https://www.italiansmokes.com/

  • JJO

    It’s been many years since I’ve had an Italian-style dry-cured cigar. I remember liking the old Parodi. I believe the shape is like that so you can cut it in half and have two shorter smokes.

    The General cigar you were thinking of is the El Perrito.

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      JJO: Toscano cigar is the original Italian cigar (100% made in Italy), it’s one of the oldest cigar brands in the world, started in 1818 in Tuscany, Italy.

      Due to its popularity in Europe and among the Italian-American communities in the US, there are a few companies which make Toscano-style cigars such as Parodi by Avanti Cigar. If you ask us, comparing Toscano to Parodi is like driving a Ferrari vs. a Ford. Sure, both are cars and that’s where the similarity ends!

      Now, enjoy the special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10 at https://www.italiansmokes.com/

  • Kace

    It kinda looks like that wafer roll from Pepperidge Farm. I like the cheroot comparison to. Wonder what they cost??

  • seanking4

    This looks and sounds like something I would enjoy. I’ll be on the lookout for one.

  • stevenknisley

    I want to try cigar just because the way it looks. It also sounds good too. great review

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      Try them out with the special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10 at https://www.italiansmokes.com/

      Happy Smoking! 😉

  • Tommz81

    Sounds good n

  • phaedron

    Very interesting cigar! The rustic roll really appeals to me. I’m traveling in Europe for a couple of weeks this summer and so I will look for these, maybe bring some back. On that note, I wonder if there are other cigar manufacturers that market exclusively (or almost exclusively) in Europe? If anyone’s traveled abroad recently and could recommend some cigars that simply can’t be had here in the States (and I’m not talking Cubans!), please let me know. Thanks!

    • phaedron

      Now that I’ve had a chance to look around a bit online, I am hearing of a cigar called Curivari that is manufactured in Nicaragua, but has been (up until very recently)available only in Europe (I understand they had a presence at the New Orleans IPCPR convention and are now just starting to come ashore)… Regardless, that’ll be on my list!

      • puffrey

        The Curivari line is phenomenal. I picked up the Limitida Reserva 1000 a couple months back and it was excellent. Lots of deep rich choco and leather flavors but no strength.

    • JJO

      A lot of the companies have Europe only releases. The Drew Estate Undercrown Flying Pig (Netherlands) and the original Quesada Espana are just a couple of examples, as well as the Regalia.

      I would bet that there are a number of Canary Islands cigars available in Spain.

      The Curivari lines have been available here for the past 2 or 3 years. I’ve only had one of the Reserva Limited 1000 series, and it was excellent.

      I understand that there is a French company that cultivates Cuban seed tobacco and employs Cuban rollers for their cigars. Navarre, or something like that, I believe.

      I hope you find some treasures in your travels. :)

  • vscarpine

    I dont understand the lump wrappers

  • ctigers15

    I saw a bunch of these when I went to italy, wasn’t sure what there deal was and now I know they are pretty decent, great review.

  • jomo

    Hmm, it looks like a cheap gas station cigar. Nice to see it preformed well and tasted good. I would try it if I ran across them.

  • yosef5

    I have smoked many Toscanos But the most exciting one is the Toscano Antico that can only be purchased on Italy

    • JJO

      yosef5 – I went to their website, and the Antico can be purchased from there. Or is this a different blend?

      • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

        Toscano Antico is one of our best sellers. In fact, we offer a special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10 at https://www.italiansmokes.com/

        Happy Smoking! 😉

  • eric.hanson

    Hmm I’ve never heard of this one, never even seen a stick that looks that way. Bryan whenever I have a stick that’s small ring gage, like below 40, it always seems that I have a tight draw and flowery ash like you got here. I know you said in the review that it had to do with there not being many leaves, but are there more reasons? Thanks.

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      eric.hanson: Toscano cigars are cheroots, they’re made of 100% high quality Kentucky tobacco. Also, they consist of only wrapper and filler – Caribbean cigars usually consist of wrapper, filler AND binder.

      Try them out with the special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10 at https://www.italiansmokes.com/

      Happy Smoking! 😉

  • Kalven

    Nice review. I was also pleasantly suprised by the similar looking cigar by J. Fuego

  • Joseph Szeremet

    I’m not a huge fan of Lancero size cigars. They burn too hot and fast for me. On the flip side I am a sucker for rustic cigars. I love the look of this featured cigar, enough too look past its thin size and give it a try.

  • curtpick

    Looks like one I will pass on ! Thanks Bryan !

  • puffrey

    Sounds perfect!! Looking forward to getting my hands on some of these Kentucky fire cured leaves. It seems to be the newest things though these companies are saying its been around for 200 yrs. Either way, its got my attention!

  • veshio

    Surprisingly, this cigar got me into my whole cigar hobby.

  • dgrambo

    geez, thats gotta be the ugliest burn ive evr seen. the euro market is odd to me. but im sure they laugh at our 6×60’s. i know i do.

  • Pokesfan

    Cool looking stick! I would like to get my hands on one. About the lighter; I live in Oklahoma and the freaking wind blows here a lot. I smoke outside, so I use a torch exclusively. I don’t even own a lighter with a natural flame. Maybe I should go to a lounge and try one. In your opinion, is there a huge difference in toasting with a torch vs. a nat flame other than the ability to toast slower?

    • Pokesfan

      I guess you addressed my question in the video, more or less. I just wonder if it makes a difference in the flavor…

  • Luckynumbear9

    do you keep this cigar in the humidor ?, because italian wrapping conditions are different to that of Cuban, Dominican etc. cigars

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      Yes. Their website says 70% same as any other.

      • Craig

        That’s very interesting. Are there cigar types or cigar origins that have vastly different humidity needs? I never really thought about that one before.

        • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

          Not as far as hand rolled premium cigars go. Other stuff, maybe, I’m not an expert.

          • phaedron

            I was reading up on these today, and learned a couple of interesting things– First, these Toscano cheroots have been customarily smoked dry. Humidifying these is apparently a recent trend. And the draw issues with these are well-known by their devotees– they are known to cut them in half and then smoke each half separately.

  • gtclark

    Great review – glad to see you’re willing to branch out and review things I normally wouldn’t think to try…

  • Bpope31

    Very interesting. Sounds like something different and unique to try. Looks cool for sure.

  • phillyb

    When I saw somebody smoking one of these for the first time I was dumbfounded. It smelled fantastic but looked like it had been chewed on and then vacuum packed! I have yet to try this style but look forward to doing so.

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      Try them out with the special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10 at https://www.italiansmokes.com/

      Happy Smoking! 😉

  • neocigaro

    Haha now thats is a weird looking thing to smoke.

  • dvillan87

    It’s kinda funny that I woke up and saw this review and then went on Cigar Dojo and saw someone smoking the same cigar. Really wanna try it seems different. Great review as always.

  • Craig

    I really like smaller ring gauge cigars. They just taste better! But its taken me a long time to adjust to the feel of them after smoking 56-60 ring gauge cigars for so long. But the difference in taste is worth it. Please continue with more smaller ring gauge reviews Bryan. Thanks!

  • rgmenke

    I like the Eastwood comment. It would’ve been very cool wearing an old beat up Stetson.

  • weimerad

    What a weird looking stick

  • GurkhaMan

    It’s almost a cheroot. But it looks a bit nicer than that. I was wondering if the fire-cured tobacco gave it a Smokey flavor? I know in pipes the fire-cured Latakia has a real campfire quality.

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      GurkhaMan: Toscano cigars are cheroots, they’re made of 100% high quality Kentucky tobacco. Also, they consist of only wrapper and filler – Caribbean cigars usually consist of wrapper, filler AND binder. So this makes smoking a Toscano quite an intense experience.

      The process of making Toscano cigar has been unchanged for almost 200 years: fire-curing with oak and beech wood, fermentation up to 50 days, and aging from 4 to 12 months – which gives every Toscano cigar an intense aroma with a strong character.

  • drewmcneice

    I can’t remember who made it…but a long time ago I had this type of cigar and it was one of my most enjoyable smokes. Are there any other brands that make a stick like this? I would like to get my hands on some more

    • JJO

      Parodi?

      • smokethis

        They sell Parodi at the local Walgreens here.
        I don’t think they are good at all. IMO

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      Toscano cigar is the original Italian cigar, 100% made in Italy. In fact, it’s one of the oldest cigar brands in the world, started in 1818 in Tuscany, Italy.

      Due to its popularity in Europe and among the Italian-American communities in the US, there are a few companies which make Toscano-style cigars such as Parodi by Avanti Cigar and Italian-style such as CAO Italia range.

      If you ask us, comparing Toscano to Parodi is like driving a Ferrari vs. a Ford. Sure, both are cars and that’s where the similarity ends!

  • dbfr181

    Nice review! What an odd looking stick! Never seen them before

  • gumby_130

    Crazy looking cigar

  • Brandonsr81

    I agree it’s a funky looking cigar. But would like to try though.

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      Try them out with the special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10

      Happy Smoking! 😉

  • pedro849

    i read from their site that optimal storage is 70% H and 80F. i guess there’s no beetle problems in these kind of cigars. Never heard of them but they seem like a fiver to try out for variety

  • MorganGeo

    I was thinking it would burn for 30 min tops. Looks interesting enough to try.

  • USA2ndAmendment

    That looks like an “oldschool” cigar. I would definitely like to try it!

  • Dirk

    I saw these in a shop last year in Tampa near Johns Pass.. I thought they were cheapies.. now I am curious.. thanks for the review..

  • MaxDuo

    Not a very appealing LOOKING cigar, but you never can really go based on looks lone! 😉 It does at least look interesting, just very rough. Sounds like a decent tasting stick, though.

    Speaking of not seeing torches in the daylight… I’ve been in a real mood to smoke my cigars outside for the past 2 weeks or so. Every time I’ve tried it has been windy, and since I was wanting to smoke in the nice sun… I was pretty much lighting up blind. I tried a natural flame, but just couldn’t manage it with those winds.

  • david121

    Looks like a pretty cool cigar! I checked out their website and they’re not really expensive so I will be putting an order through once I get some space in my humidor lol

    • MaxDuo

      Wow, they really aren’t that expensive. I’ll probably order a pack of those when I get a new job just to try them out. I figured they would cost 2-3x as much!

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

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  • Mr Rojas

    Never seen a cigar that looked like this before, interesting.

  • jablaze

    Interesting stick, looks like something I used to roll in high school years ago, lol

  • zanlamb

    I’ve never smoked anything as slim as this. I always thought they wouldn’t last any time. Wrong again!!

  • tglynnus

    That was a very interesting cigar, I think I will have to try one. They don’t look terribly expensive on their website, so I’ll give it a shot. Thanks for reviewing something that’s a bit out of the ordinary!!

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      Try them out with the special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10

      Happy Smoking! 😉

  • capital75757

    Where I live (in southern Ontario) European brands of cigars are generally rare.

    It is interesting to see you smoke far-away cigars and review them because I won’t likely be able to.

  • Boucher207

    Im a big fan of the rough rolled cigars like this, ill have to see if i can get my hands on one. Thanks again for the review.

    On another note, my House Bleds from Cigar.com came in, ill be smoking a couple this weekend. Hope there is a good one in there haha

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

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  • Jay D.

    Toscano’s! I had the chance to try the Classico’s on my honeymoon to Rome last year. The gentleman who helped me out at La Casa Del Habano (beautiful B&M by the way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWZ6X9JArUo) had told me that Toscano’s are the go to daily smoke for many of the locals, perfect opportunity to say “When in Rome.”

    Another interesting thing he pointed out was that you could either smoke the whole cigar in one sitting, or you could snip the cigar in the middle for 2 shorter smokes; and because of the type of roll and treatment there was no worry of the leaf unraveling.

    Your review was on par my thoughts on the cigar. Definitely goes well with a glass of Tempranillo.

    • http://www.italiansmokes.com ItalianSmokes

      That’s right Jay D… When in Rome, do as the Romans do – Smoke a Toscano! 😉

      As you mentioned, Toscano cigars can be smoked in 2 ways:
      – Intero, which means “whole” in Italian, alla Maremma (i.e. the cowboy style, such as Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Westerns). In fact, Clint was smoking one of these since Sergio Leone was a big Toscano fan.

      – Ammezzato, which means “halved” in Italian, is more of the John Wayne style of smoking a Toscano. It’s great if you’ve less time and prefer the more intense experience. This range of Toscano cigars is called Toscanello https://www.italiansmokes.com/categories/Toscanello-Cigars/

      Now, enjoy the special 10% discount for all Cigar Obsession readers, use coupon code: CIGOBS10 at https://www.italiansmokes.com/

  • MaxDuo

    I’ve had a pack of 5 of these sitting in my humidor about two weeks or so now….. I’m about to go insane wanting to try one! :)

    • JJO

      Light up! Bryan sent me one in the sampler I won. I suggest taking your time with it. I cut mine in half and got 35 minutes down to the last 1/2″ (Bryan’s smoke times are always quite a bit shorter than mine). Pretty damned good for a skinny 3-1/2″ stick. Tasty little smoke with a clean finish. I’ll have to get more, but it looks like they’re out of stock right now.

      • MaxDuo

        Awesome, finally had it 2 nights ago. I didn’t have the tight draw issues Bryan experienced. I’m not sure how long it lasted, but it seemed to start quick then last forever. Definitely very enjoyable. Looks like I got it at the right time if they are out of stock!

        I’ll probably order a few more after I get a few different sticks, along with a few other sticks. Definitely recommend others try it out, very nice stick.

  • Bill West

    I just received my first order of Toscano Classicos from Italiansmokes.com. When I ordered the cigars they added a Gift Box for an additional $10. I couldn’t delete it from my order, but I thought, “Okay. Maybe it’s an introductory sampler for new customers.” No. It was a box. A cardboard box. A nice one, but an empty one. So my $15 pack of Toscanos cost $25. Can anybody recommend a source that will sell me a pack of Toscanos without the extra box?

    Thanks.




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