Charlie Toraño was raised in the cigar business. Unlike when he was coming up in the 1970’s and 1980’s, today’s cigars have become a part of the culture (albeit a sub-culture) of adult men and women that appreciate the unique experience that comes with smoking a fine cigar. As a young man, as the cigar industry was declining, he was certain that he would be the generation that broke with the tradition and long history of the Toraño family’s involvement in the cigar business – lucky for the industry, he was dead wrong!
For three generations before him, the Toraño men were leaf growers. His great-grandfather started growing tobacco in Cuba in 1916. His grandfather and great uncle expanded the tobacco growing business and, by 1959, the Toraño family owned and operated 17 tobacco farms. After the Cuban revolution, his grandfather started growing tobacco in the Dominican Republic. When Charlie’s father became involved in tobacco growing, he and his partners grew tobacco in Nicaragua, Mexico and Ecuador.
In the early to mid 1980’s, Charlie’s father began the transition from leaf growing to cigar manufacturing. For many years the Toraño family made private labels for other cigar distributors. However, by the mid 1990’s they started their own brand of cigars under the Toraño family name. Their cigar blending philosophy is highly influenced by their tobacco growing experience, making complex cigar blends with tobacco from a variety of countries.
Their company motto is “Make Time to Burn” and they sincerely hope you will take some time for yourself this week and burn a Toraño Family Cigar.
The Captiva has a unique shape with an aromatic, hearty brown wrapper. There is a rich pre-light smell that is easily noticeable. Its wrapper has a rich and oily sheen.
1st quarter: There is a smooth draw that produced dense clouds of full flavored smoke. A touch of creamy texture was noticeable on the palate with some spiciness in the smoke and nose. An inviting aroma filled the air with rich and earthy notes. 2nd quarter: Its burn was slow and even with a gray white ash that produced great sweet notes and aroma. A very nice and pleasant tobacco flavor developed with more light spice through the nose and on the palate. 3rd quarter: The resistance of the draw loosened up and full characters of earthiness continued to develop. Its aroma continued with both spice and strength increasing towards a full body flavor. 4th quarter: The flavor was not overwhelming on the palate, allowing the rich tobacco flavors and characters to really shine through. A good spicy sweet flavor with a hint of spice in the nose was present.
The Toraño Captiva Cigar has outstanding construction that provided for a very good and even burn. It offers big flavors and characters with just the right amount of spice and rich earthy notes. Overall, it is a well-round cigar that is easy to smoke and will leave a long lasting pleasant taste on the finish.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 25 minutes.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano.
Size: 5” x 52.