I know a lot of folks think a 6 x 60 cigar loses something in the way of flavor. While sometimes this is the case, I also find if the cigar is well constructed, you will get a smooth cigar. I also love that "Tony Soprano" feeling of a big cigar in your mouth - creates a sense of boldness and confidence! Sometimes I have had construction issues with the big cigars as well, so I'd consider myself a tough customer to please. The great news is the Master by Carlos Toraño BFC gave me a smooth smoke, that sense of boldness - and yes was a well-constructed cigar.
The Master is a joint effort by Charlie Toraño and his "master roller" Julian Felipe Sosa. In fact, Toraño Family cigars paid homage to Sosa by placing his picture on the box, thus the genesis of the stick name. Let's take a closer look at the construction of this cigar:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua (Esteli)
Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli & Jalapa)
With the release of the BFC, The Master is available in five sizes:
Robusto: 5 x 50
Toro: 6 x 54
Torpedo 6 1/4 x 52
Churchill: 7 x 50
BFC: 6 x 60
Like when I reviewed the Robusto, this cigar started out real smooth - it had a nice mix of earth, black cherry, and cedar spice. With the BFC, the spice was a little more toned-down than the Robusto, but I come to expect this with a bigger ring gauge. Like the Robusto, I did notice a change in the spice around the 1/3 point -from a cedar spice to more of a baker's spice. I also noticed a change in the sweetness in the first half of the cigar - it goes from a black cherry to a raisin-like sweetness. The raisin notes are not overpowering, in fact - they are very smooth.
Like the Robusto, as the BFC crosses the halfway point, I noticed more of of the earth tones begin to take center-stage. This combined with the baker's spice and raisin sweetness was wonderful as I smoked a pretty good nub on this cigar. Considering the large size, the finish was not harsh and not soft. The nub was a little warm, but I expect that with a big ring gauge.
I mentioned I am picky about construction on a big cigar. This cigar was low maintenance in terms of draw. It was not too loose and not too tight. The burn was excellent as I smoked this cigar almost two hours. Strength wise this cigar will not kick your butt, it is a medium. While I had the Robusto as more Medium to Full in terms of body, because of some of the toned-down flavor notes with the BFC I'm inclined to give this a medium in terms of body. I don't view this as a negative as it really was a smooth smoke.
|Razor Sharp Burn of the Master by Carlos Toraño BFC|