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Torano Cigars

Torano is a boutique brand that emerged during the Cigar Boom of the 1990s. Torano was founded by father and son cigar-makers Carlos and Charlie Torano who drew upon their family’s Cuban roots in establishing the company. Today, Torano resides in the portfolio of General Cigar Co. alongside other well-known labels, including Cohiba and Macanudo. Traditionally, Torano has been regarded for crafting a number of multinational blends, such as Torano Exodus 1959. Recently, the makers of Torano have renewed the brand’s image with a bolder, splashier look, while boutique connoisseurs remain fans of previous, discontinued releases they can enjoy at big discounts.


  • Torano Exodus

    Torano Exodus

    Price Per Cigar:
    Only $3.99
    2 options available
    Strength: Medium
    Country: Honduras
    Wrapper: Honduran
    6 Reviews
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  • Torano Exodus Gold 20th Anniversary

    Torano Exodus Gold 20th Anniversary

    Price Per Cigar:
    $3.99 - $5.99
    4 options available
    Strength: Medium-Full
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
    5 Reviews
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Father and son cigar-makers Carlos and Charlie Torano returned to their family’s Cuban roots with an eponymous brand they debuted in the early 1990s as the Cigar Boom began to unfold. The company has been through a variety of transitions since its inception, from a small, boutique family operation, to a manufacturer and distributor of other brands. Today, Torano resides in the portfolio of General Cigar alongside well-known brands like Cohiba and Macanudo. The brand is handcrafted in Estelí, Nicaragua at the STG (Scandinavian Tobacco Group) factory, parent company of General Cigar. In many ways, Torano’s transient journey is reflective of a modern cigar market characterized by periods of acquisition and consolidation where brand identity and resilience are key.

Carlos Torano’s grandfather, Santiago Torano, emigrated from Spain to Cuba around 1915 in search of prosperity like many Europeans of the era. He began buying and selling tobacco on the island nation, and set up Torano & Co. in 1916. Throughout the 1920s, three of Santiago’s brothers would also exit Spain and join him in Cuba in the tobacco business. The family’s operation grew from dealing to farming and growing their own tobacco, with a focus on the production of wrapper leaves. They farmed 400 to 600 acres at one point.

Although the Toranos enjoyed a fair amount of prosperity and freedom under the dictatorship of Batista in Cuba, they initially perceived Fidel Castro as a harbinger of a better and more democratic system. They had supported a Castro-based revolution, at least up until the reality of the new dictator’s agenda set in. Like a number of skilled cigar-makers, the Toranos were stripped of their assets, farms, and company, as everything, including the family’s savings, was confiscated by the state. The Toranos soon realized the gravity of the situation and were forced to flee. The family was literally split apart with members scattering to Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and other Central and South American nations. This pivotal period of “exodus” has been reflected in a number of more modern Torano cigar releases, such as Exodus 1959.

Carlos Torano’s father, Carlos Sr., eventually made his way to the Dominican Republic where he endeavored to recreate his beloved cigar brand. He died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 57. It was at this point in the mid-1970s, the remaining family members called upon Carlos Jr. to join them in re-establishing the family’s cigar enterprise. However, it would not be until the early 1990s that Torano-branded cigars would appear in the U.S. market. Carlos Jr. had established himself as a broker of tobaccos as the Cigar Boom exploded. His son, Charlie, eventually joined the company and was for many years the face of the Torano brand. As the Boom tapered off in the late 1990s, growth of the Torano brand was also stifled. Despite a drastic fall in demand, Torano managed to carve out a smaller, boutique audience of cigar lovers who appreciated the often multinational blends the family created, utilizing tobaccos from Brazil and Costa Rica alongside Dominican, Nicaraguan and Honduran leaves.

Today, Torano is prized among value-centric cigar enthusiasts who may or may not be aware of the company’s Cuban heritage, but nonetheless appreciate its accessible price points. This is due in large part to the numerous periods of restructuring the Torano brand has witnessed over the past two decades. General Cigar Company’s full acquisition of the brand in 2014 has led to the discontinuation of a number of previous releases, while present-day Torano cigars reflect a bolder, splashier look, somewhat akin to Camacho. Although the Torano brand of today exhibits a departure from the brand’s tradition, there are plenty of old-world releases still available, and many at hearty discounts that are hard to beat.


The Torano portfolio includes a number of great bargains. Among its most lauded releases is Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 50 Years, a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and the period when many talented cigar-makers fled Castro’s communist regime. The blend received a 93-point rating in Cigar Aficionado as well as ‘Top 25’ Ranking for 2010. A lustrous Brazilian wrapper leaf hugs an amalgam of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos that deliver notes of black licorice, cherries and nuts. A 92-rated Limited Edition version is also available.

The original Torano Exodus 1959 line exists in a handful of unique blends. Torano Exodus 1959 Gold is handmade in Honduras from a Nicaraguan wrapper and long-fillers from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and San Andrés. The brand’s signature four and five-country recipes show off a creamy and spicy complexity you can indulge in for just over $3 per cigar. Torano Exodus 1959 Gold 20th Anniversary shimmers in a shiny gold band that runs almost the entire length of the cigar. Its Ecuador Habano wrapper presents flavors of cedar, coffee beans, and nuts. The 92-rated Torano Exodus 1959 Silver is drafted from a Nicaraguan wrapper leaf over a core of Honduran, Costa Rican, and Mexican tobaccos.

More contemporary Torano cigars include the Vault series, a line consisting of old recipes the family had not released previously, but decided to revisit after tweaking the ingredients. The medium to full-bodied line is drafted in a variety of multinational tobaccos from Nicaragua, Honduras, Connecticut, and Cameroon. Taste Torano’s bold new look with a Nicaraguan wrapper in Vault A-008, a San Andrés leaf in Vault C-033, or the Sungrown exterior of Vault L-075. Notes of black peppers, chocolate, wood, and dried fruit accompany the pronounced packaging superbly at rock-bottom prices.

Whether you prefer the classic profile and presentation of Torano cigars from 20 years ago, or you’re enticed by the bright boxes and bands of newer editions, Torano is a perfect fit when you want complex smokes that look impressive and match a thrifty budget. Peruse the reviews a number of Torano customers have left before you buy your first box. Because a lot of Torano blends are considered “discontinued classics,” we recommend giving them a shot before they’re gone.

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