This fine looking cigar is the new addition of the Exodus trilogy of cigars. First was the Exodus 1959 Gold Label (2001), then came the Exodus Silver Edition (2002), and then the Exodus 1959-50 Years (2009).
Now the name “Finite” describes the end of something. Yet the press release says that due to lack of enough tobaccos for this cigar, only 75,000 will be produced. This would seem to mean that this is the end of the series. But wait, there’s more. In fact, the symbol for infinity, on the foot band, makes one think there is no end. The truth is in the middle. No more Finites will be made, but there will be future limited releases of other blends. Got it? Someone in the Torano office got a little too Zen about the name and symbolism.
The Torano got on the Nicaraguan band wagon and made this a Nic puro. The first in years. Tobacco came from four growing regions.
There are three sizes: 4.875 x 52, 6.25 x 52, and 6 x 60.
Construction of the cigar isn’t bad. It is a little too soft for my tastes. It is sporadically solid in some places..but the rest…well..The wrapper is a dark chocolate brown. The seams are truly invisible. Some very small veins and a couple of big honkers. It appears to have a single cap. And the press release makes no mention of a triple.
The cigar band and foot band are stunning with their bright metallic purple color with black trim and gold lettering.
The wrapper has a nice oily sheen. And there is just the slightest amount of tooth to the touch.
I clip the cap and find the standard Nicaraguan aromas of spice, cocoa, coffee, sweetness, cedar, earth, and cinnamon.
Time to light up.
Sweetness is in the forefront of flavors. With something unusual behind it. And the black pepper arrives spicing things up. I didn’t read any other reviews of this cigar. Not sure there are any. I wanted to be totally surprised by this blend. I noticed that the press release makes no mention of the cigar’s strength.
The spice has changed to red pepper and has ratcheted up quite a bit. My sinuses are clear. And my nose is running.
There is a deep earthiness apparent. Cedar is an important part of the profile. But no cocoa or coffee yet.
I must have smoked past the little plug, because now, the draw is perfect. Flavors are emboldened now. Methinks this will be another flavor bomb like the Vault Blend D-042 I reviewed yesterday.
I am half an inch in and the character of the flavors is blossoming. The unusual flavor comes to bear. It is not unusual at all. It is a very woodsy flavor. Not oak or any other wood I can put my finger on. But high up in the food chain of flavors.
Creaminess kicks in. Yes, my friends, this will be a flavor bomb. The body is at classic medium. The ash disengages itself at the one inch mark.
I see the first third come to an end. The second third begins with all those classic Nicaraguan flavors of cocoa, coffee, creaminess, pepper, earthiness, sweetness, cedar, and the unknown woodsy flavor.
This is a good cigar so far, not great, but very good. I absolutely loved the Vault Blend D-042 yesterday. This cigar pales a bit in comparison. The Vault was explosive. The Finite follows the rules. There is such a rush on for Nicaraguan tobacco that I am sure that is why the Toranos made a puro from that country. While Nicaraguan tobaccos make a wonderful base, a taste of other countrys’ tobaccos add a nice touch of uniqueness and balance. The Vault added Ecuadorian and Pennsylvania tobaccos to their mix of Nicaraguan leaves. Good choice.
The flavors begin to diminish at the halfway point. They have become very subtle. Flavor bomb status has been revoked.
This is a nice cigar. But based on what I taste, maybe a bit overpriced. Instead of the $7 each box price, I believe it would be better suited in the $5-$6 range. Of course, maybe after months of humidor rest, this cigar will shoot out of a cannon. And be worth the price.
I harken back to the Vault D-042 which was a spectacular cigar. I had hoped I would be wowed like that on this cigar; but alas, I am not.
The creaminess and sweetness carry the act. The headliners. And keep the cigar interesting. The spiciness has tamped down quite a bit and hovers in the background.
I don’t think I can taste cocoa or coffee any longer.
A 25 count of toros goes for almost $200. $8.00 per stick. The Gordos go for $214. Almost $9 a stick. This cigar must magically become a wonderful cigar eventually. Now I understand that this is a limited release of only 75,000 cigars due to availability of the tobacco. The Toranos are passing on this cost to the consumer. But I find the blend lacking in so many ways.
The last couple inches see a resurgence of flavor. The red pepper hoists its sails and speeds ahead of the other flavors. The creaminess becomes much stronger. The sweetness matches the level of the cream component. The cedar is a nice addition at a higher level of taste. And now I can taste raisin. A sweet, sticky flavor.
Balance is returning. The finish is becoming longer. And the char line resumes being wavy.
The cigar band shows some resistance in removing it. A bit too much glue.
I finish out the cigar with mixed feelings. I hate to bite the hand that feeds me on this one; since it was a gift from Jack Torano, but it is what it is. Everyone has a different palate and I’m sure that there will be plenty of reviews praising this cigar.
The body moves to full at this point. This enhances the flavor profile somewhat. The cigar never gets harsh, bitter, or hot.
The cigar is very well made. And I’m sure that extensive humidor aging will solve the problems I encountered.
But I have trouble endorsing a cigar at this price point. All boutique cigars cost more than the run of the mill sticks. And this is a boutique blend. So it’s a tossup for me. I would love to have had a second stick for comparison that I could allow to age a bit. But these cigars are on the market and if I feel the need, I can always buy one and check back later with an addendum to this review.
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