Filler: Nicaraguan Esteli & Pueblo Nuevo
Okay, I’m a fan of these in particular. They are dense sticks with a beautiful dark, oily wrapper, the Arapiraca, which I seem to like in general. They’re a medium to full smoke, with a lot of flavor. My original take was: “… it was rich, with a woodsy, peppery flavor melding into darker spice/coffee-esque tones.” They come at a great price point, too. There are some caveats though. One, construction. You will find some samples that are quite tight and need to be massaged. Some say to dry-box them. Two, the Exodus line is confusing. This is not the Gold, or the Silver or any other Exodus. They are completely different. I actually find the Silvers to be quite acrid.
The third point is my latest Exodus 50 Year confusion. The Limited Edition Cuban Toro was released, with a closed foot. The blend is reportedly the same. I bought a box, which is quite economical. However, when they arrived, I was puzzled by the differences. Don’t get me wrong, they’re an okay smoke so far. Some of differences in density could be due to the vitola (I like the robusto a lot) – the CT is nowhere near as dense. But the wrapper and flavor… hmm.
Firstly, unlit, close up of the label and closed foot:
Next, the source of my confusion. Look at the difference between the 50 Year I’m used to and the new Cuban Toro:
The normal 50 Year is on the left, Cuba Toro on the right. There is a clear difference.
Here is the regular 50 Year:
The normal 50 Year is noticeably richer, denser, a touch sweeter and more satisfying. The Cuban Toro bears some resemblance to the non-50 Year Gold, in ways which I’m not so fond of: it’s a much looser stick, drier and somewhat sour.
In a nutshell, I like the 50 Year line a lot, especially the regular production. They’re a great dense stick with a lot of flavor that ages well and is quite affordable. But sometimes you hit an unexpected snag, one of those being the Cuban Toro.