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Carlos Torano Reserva Selecta Robusto Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, June 17, 2013

Carlos Torano Reserva Selecta Robusto Cigar Review

This 5×50 tubed stick features a cedar sleeve covering a dark tan butter soft wrapper with a couple small veins, tight invisible seams, double cap and faint earthy aroma. First light reveals a very snug draw with minimal smoke output giving a mild-medium almost artificially sweet flavor that carries long through the finish. The first third slowly opens up the draw letting more smoke volume out, while the body hits medium keeping the sweetness adding a creamy wood note. Hitting the 1/2 way point 30 minutes in, the sweetness dies off leaving the wood and a soft creamy texture and flavor, both continuing through the soft long finish. Ending at 50 minutes The last third continues the same great performance and flavor profile, ramping up the strength to medium-full! Thank you very much to viewer Greg Hayes for sending this sample in!

  • TimB

    Been wanting to try this one.Thanks for the review.

  • mufdvr6976

    nice review, sounds like ill pass……….but torano does make some pretty good stogies! nice haircut!

  • HerbalJedi

    Sounds like a decent smoke, I might check this one out tomorrow on my stoogy run.

  • Jason Isbaner

    Never had a torano, but looks interesting!

  • rockjock

    You have had a rash of cigars that ramp up very strong at the end, as you said in your video. Why do makers do that? Why make it the same strength throughout or ease into the transition.

  • markbrown247

    Thanks for the review, I think I will try this one. Not sure that I will take it down to the last inch like you did Bryan. It’s helpful to know that its that strong at the very end. I like surprises but I think I like it the other way around with a little dessert at the end.

  • gtclark

    Another great review! The flavor profile sounds like it would make a great morning cigar to enjoy with coffee, but I’ll pass thanks to the fact it’s full strength. Coffee + high-strength cigar + empty stomach = miserable start to my day.

  • USA2ndAmendment

    This sounded great until the strength ramped up. I’m a light weight also :)

  • Craig

    I don’t like those sneaky strong cigars. It sounded great up until that point. I like Torano’s, especially the Exodus Gold 1959 !!! Maybe not this one so much…….

  • phillyb

    When I saw the (what I thought was plastic) tube I got a little nervous. In my experience the ones that come in tubes tend to have issues of some kind. Then when I found out that it was glass my hopes raised a little, and that hope was affirmed when the review ended! Yet another added to the list of try.

  • jpculp57

    nice sounding stick. Torano has alway been a middle of the road brand to me. Never anything great or anything bad. I like when a cigar hits me in the face toward the end with a good buzz. I read a few other reviews on this one and they all confer that it is a STRONG stick so be warned my fellow aficionados!

  • MorganGeo

    I smoked this one last Friday and must say I like it a lot. It’s a lot better than the Carlos Torano Noventa Latin! =)

  • weimerad

    This cigar was just OK when I smoked it. There are several other Toranos that I prefer more

  • geekfish

    Doesn’t soundlike it is for me, I appreciate the review. You were sweating pretty good at the end.

  • AngSolo

    Why does it seem that manufacturers are making cigars stronger and stronger? There are several that brag about how strong they are. Why would anyone want to feel that strength buzz? Its awful. Maybe the guys buying the stronger cigars are the same ones buying the 60-70 ring guages.

    • JJO

      You’re most likely right. They are just playing to what a certain part of the market dictates, and want to cover all the angles. This one, however, has been out for a while, and is not really a part of the current trend toward uber-strong cigars.

  • MaxDuo

    Sounds pretty interesting. I like the idea of it being naturally super sweet………. like I said it sounds interesting.

    Shame it is butt kickingly strong, it’s piqued my interest. And dang, can really tell how much it’s kicking your butt! You’re just shining with sweat at the end!

  • Dirk

    I agree with MaxDuo.. sounds interesting.. but I have been watching your reviews for a while and can tell when the whoopass stick comes ta visit.. call me chicken … going to have to pass on this bad boy.. not a big fan of the sneeky butt kick.

  • Gigalo de Vitolas

    It might be just me, but I usually find that cigars sold in glass tubes are generally a bit sweeter and creamier than the other sticks in the same line.

  • stevenknisley

    This cigar sounds perfect for me I’ll have to get one soon

  • garlar10

    I really can’t handle too much strength so I am going to have to stay away from this one. Great review as always!

  • vscarpine

    great review…sounds great hopefully I can get my hands on this soon

  • dbfr181

    Looks like a decent stick!

  • eric.hanson

    I’ve never had a bad Torano but this one jut doesn’t sound like it would be for me. I like fuller bodied sticks. Thanks for the review Bryan, you save me tons of money.

  • stevesatch

    I’ve had Toranos, but never the Reserva.

  • Daniel.A

    i have always wanted to try a Torano. i have no idea why ive never had one. ill be sure to pick some up next time.

  • Mike Wallace

    I like a lot of Torano sticks but this one was not so great. I picked up a five pack and every stick had almost zero flavor. I mean nothing. Maybe it was a bad batch. It happens.

    Great review as always!

    Mike W



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