Torch Connecticut by Veritas Cigars
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa
**Note: I used my personal rating system for this review.
Deep Tan with some lightly marbled spots. Clean seems with small veins.
Nice sweet aroma comes off the wrapper.
Dry Draw: Sweet Tobacco
From the door the Torch CT starts with a tad of strength and spice. (I Love when a Connecticut starts at the medium range in strength). Pepper is the first note to bust into the front door of your palate followed by hay, vegetal and faint butter notes. A ¼ inch in and the hay note adds a touch of sweetness to itself and the introduction of wood notes spread things out giving the cigar a really nice balance and finish on your palate. And just when I think I have this third figured out; a distant creamy note trickles it way onto my taste buds.
Retro: Zesty Pepper, wood and vegetal notes.
Fairly strong cedar notes lend itself to the spice profile and the peppery notes have softened some. The distant cream note in the first third has managed to catch up to the rest of the notes and is becoming a strong contributor. Midway through the second third I began to pick up a warm nutty note. What I also found to be very interesting was a sweet floral note that played peek-a-boo with me a few times in this third.
Retro: Nutty (almond skin) and vegetal notes.
In my personal experience with cigars, the last third rarely shows much complexity or transition. So as you might imagine I was pleasantly surprised when this third started off with a pronounced vegetal note accompanied with wood and moss flavors. Then all off a sudden those notes quickly take a back seat to a delicious toasted marshmallow note that just dominates the last third. The cigar ends in the medium minus spectrum of strength.
Retro: Sweet woody notes.
I am not usually a Connecticut cigar smoker. That is not say I do not enjoy them; I’m merely saying there is only a few that I particularly enjoy. So to my delight I really enjoyed the Torch Connecticut a lot! I feel it offers a really nice balance of flavor and strength that keeps you engaged throughout the experience. The construction was on the money with exception to a minor hiccup I had in the second third where I had to touch up the burn line, but other wise it smoked like a champ. The ash was for the most part was compact with a bit of flaking on the edges. I’m sure this cigar is that much better in smaller ring gauges. With a price point that is certainly affordable, I can easily say I would purchase more of these cigars in the near future for an early day smoke.
Lastly I just want to extend my gratitude to Chris Weber, the VP/ Marketing Director of Veritas Cigars who was kind of enough to provide me with samples I received at the Delaware Cigar Festival.