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Blend-Book entry #1.Released at the 2011 IPCPR Tradeshow, Toraño Vault contains heavy long fillers from two of Nicaragua's finest growing regions, masked by a Colorado Shade-Grown wrapper and a very special, Ometepe-grown binder. The result... deliciousness.
The Toraño Family has an incredibly rich history in the cigar industry dating back to 1916. However in 1982, Carlos Toraño Sr. began writing the family's blends down in a special "blend book," capturing every blend the family created. To produce Vault, Charlie scoured this same book and found a blend they developed in 2000; blend A-008. This particular cigar had potential but never was released. After revisiting and trying out some special additions to the recipe, Charlie realized what was missing. Ometepe tobacco, which is grown in the incredibly fertile soil of a volcanic island in Nicaragua. Using this rare Ligero as a binder on blend A-008, the family yet again hit the mark.
Making up the rest of the once secret recipe is some redolent Nicaraguan long-leaf, aged extensively to ensure a refined flavor and even, easy burn. An excellent complimentary piece, it adds an ample amount of earth, coffee, & cream. Of course, we have the Ometepe Ligero leaf, which is directly beneath a Colorado-hued, Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, which provides an initial spice to the profile. Overall, Vault A-008's character is quite smooth and well-balanced. A best-in-class finalist for sure!