There isn’t a whole lot of information out there on Veritas Cigars. They sent along a little pamphlet with the 4 samples which provided the make-up of the cigars (wrapper, filler, binder etc.) and little marketing blurb.
“Hand Rolled in Esteli, Nicaragua, Veritas brings you solid blends, encapsulating every little flavorful nuance within the tobacco we use. We age our pylons to bring out the flavor and aroma from every aspect of the leaf. Long filler throughout every smoke. Pick up a Torch today and join our riot.”
Doesn’t really tell us a whole lot. I’m not a big fan of the marketing for this cigar from the style of the pamphlet they sent or the band. That being said a good cigar is a good cigar and this does feel extremely well constructed. For this review there aren’t any pre-light notes so we’ll jump straight into the review.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Smoked for review: 2 Toro and 2 Robusto
Size: 6×50 (Toro)
Wrapper: Sun Grown Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Jalapa and Ometepe
The Torch Habano Toro starts with a moderate red pepper on the retro-hale. On the tongue I’m getting mineral but it’s not offensive, it’s just there. Leather and earth undertones with even softer accents of mulling spice and floral tones hover in the background. Towards the end of the first third, a sweet note begins to develop, most reminiscent of honey suckle. Wispy, light smoke production in first third. Mineral, earth and leather on a short finish. Mild body. Mild strength.
At the start of the second third the wrapper is ripping apart in multiple spots. I’m smoking this in my garage with 47% humidity and 70°F. Even though the wrapper isn’t complying, it doesn’t seem to be having an affect on the flavor or smoke production.
Flavor wise, the red pepper is amplifying a modest degree. Although it’s not a “strong” or “intense” pepper, it’s what catches my attention above everything else. The honeysuckle sweetness is becoming a more savory caramel. Earth and leather are still there but aren’t changing in terms of intensity. New undertones of coffee and yeasty bread make their way into this third. The mineral sensation is still there on my tongue, yet remains inoffensive and relatively complimentary to the rest of the flavors. The smoke characteristic has become a notch creamier, seemingly letting the flavors stick around longer on the finish. Caramel, mineral, coffee, earth on a medium length finish. Mild-Medium body. Mild-Medium strength.
Getting into the final third, the wrapper still seems to be methodically bursting apart just enough to show that there are issues with construction, yet just enough to not have an affect on my smoking experience. The Torch walks this fine line really well.
There are no dramatic changes in the last leg of this cigar. The red pepper is still the most predominant characteristic which hasn’t changed during the entire course of the Torch. Caramel continues to add that savory sweetness, while the yeasty bread adds a very faint chewiness to the smoke. Gritty undertones of earth and leather along with wisps of coffee and floral tones round-out the experience for the remainder of the cigar. Mineral remains on the tongue, becoming more prevalent than in the previous thirds. The smoke characteristic is slightly chewy due to the bread notes yet has become semi-parching and arid in this final third. Mineral, bread, coffee, faint caramel on medium-length finish. Medium body. Mild-Medium strength.
Red pepper dominated the entirety of this cigar. Due to the face that the Torch is a relatively mild-medium cigar, the red pepper wasn’t “strong” in general terms but it was was the flagship characteristic here, with no other flavors vying for dominance. Other notes to be found in this cigar: mineral-earth, floral tones, leather, caramel, and in the latter half a yeasty bread.
The construction of this cigar is a perfect analogy to explain the overall quality and smoking experience. Like I mentioned before, the construction held together just enough to not have an affect on the flavors or smoke production. The same thing occurred with this cigar in every regard. The flavors held on just enough to attain a basic profile that could distinguish itself, yet could never go beyond that point. It just managed to exist without having enough reason to toss it and without having enough reason to enjoy it. Every sample we were sent had construction issues, and this had to do with the wrapper busting apart while smoking. The cigars had a firm pack but had a draw that was reasonable to work with. We think that the wrapper they chose for this cigar is just too delicate and is prone to breaks and bursts in general (from our experience with the 4 we have smoked). We really appreciate Veritas Cigars sending in their Torch for review, but unfortunately, we weren’t impressed.