Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Not disclosed
Filler: Pennsylvania, Nicaragua
Robusto: 5 x 52
Price: $7.20 (SRP)
On Episode 67, we had Jack Toraño as our special guest on the show and he discussed this release.
This cigar is also being called the “Red Vault” for its banding. The Toraño Vault D-042 is the second “Blend from the Vault” released by Toraño Family Cigars. The origin of this blend can be traced to a blend book maintained by Carlos Toraño Sr. Like the original “Blend from the Vault”, the Toraño A-008, the D-042 is a modification of an original blend. When the cigar was announced, company President Charlie Toraño story for how this blend came to be:
“My father and I discovered a rare Pennsylvania leaf, while on a 1998 tobacco trip. Extensive experimentation revealed it to be an excellent enhancement to the filler tobaccos in Blend D-042, which we recorded in the blend book in 2004. The Pennsylvania tobacco’s flavor perfectly balanced the Nicaraguan filler combination. The original blend had a Sumatra Ecuadorian wrapper which was a popular choice at the time and widely available. In making some small adjustments to the original blend, we added a Habano Ecuadorian wrapper and the result was impressive. Blend D-042 is a powerful smoke, but with long and lingering sweet spice notes, it is very rounded and flavorful.”
This cigar was actually positioned to me as one of the bolder cigars made by Toraño Family Cigars, but I found this in-line with many of the medium strength, medium-bodied cigars produced by the company. I was still hoping for more strength and body, but this cigar still did its job well. The flavors were good as I detected notes of earth, pepper, citrus, and chocolate. There was nice synergy to these flavors. Burn and draw were excellent. Overall, very nice flavors.
This cigar is worthy of a five pack. It has some good aging potential to possibly move to a Box Split.