BACKGROUND: Recently, Charlie Toraño and Bruce Lewis revisited the a book that has been tucked away in a bank vault. This book has held the company’s trade secrets and contains the blends for every cigar that they have blended since 1982. In this book they have included all production blends, but also those that had tremendous promise but didn’t meet their highest standards.
Charlie and Bruce perused the book and discovered an intriguing, yet unreleased blend called Liga A-008, which was first documented in the year 2000. The original Blend A-008 consisted of a shade grown Nicaraguan Colorado wrapper and full flavored filler tobaccos from Esteli and Condega. The binder was a Honduran leaf from the Jamastrán Valley. The entire blend was good, but was missing something that eluded the family until just recently.
Because they thought blend A-008 had so much potential, the Toraño family recreated he blend and worked with it. And after numerous modifications, it was discovered that the missing ingredient to the original blend was tobacco grown in a region that the Toraño family did not have access to until recently.
That region is Ometepe, Nicaragua. The addition of a second ligero binder from Ometepe brought another layer of richness and strength to the original blend, making it truly worthy of carrying the Toraño name.
The Toraño Vault A-008 is available in 4 sizes: a 6 x 50 Toro, a 6.1 x 52 Torpedo, a limited release Corona Gorda and the cigar I’m featuring today the 5-inch by 52 ring gauge Robusto.
FEATURED LIBATION: Red Nectar Ale
Red Nectar Ale is an Amber Ale that is brewed in Paso Robles California, at Firestone Walker Brewery, which is where I go for my beer kegs for the Stogie Fresh Kegerator.
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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Tatuaje L’esprit de Verité
The Tatuaje L’esprit de Verite 2008 was first featured on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 236 on Sunday, August 29, 2010. These cigars have now been resting in the Stogie Fresh archives for 2.5 years awaiting their shot at a postscript review.