Our Rep’s Corner guest today is Brian McGee of Carlos Toraño Cigars. He’s a great guy, and for those of you who don’t know him, here’s a brief background…
Brian McGee served the good ol USA in the Marine Corps from 1990 through 1998. Brian also worked in cigar retail at “Up In Smoke” off and on from 1995 through 2004. Some time in 2005 he joined CAO as a rep and has been the CAO rep up until he moved to Carlos Toraño exclusively in August of 2010.
Brian, what cigar’s would you like to talk about with us today?
The Carlos Toraño Master. The Master has been a big hit with a lot of online bloggers and has made a lot of personal top 10 cigars for those guys. The blend is made up of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder. We are releasing a new big size in this line called the “BFC” and I’m sure you can figure out what that stands for.
The Carlos Toraño Single Region. This cigar recently scored a 92 in the Churchill size. The blend is 100% from the Jalapa Region of Nicaragua, hence the Single Region name. The filler and binder are from 1 farm in Jalapa. This blend was trying to go or the full taste tobacco from one region, the same way a single region wine is produced.
Also briefly, the Exodus 1959 50 Years Box Press made No. 12 of the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 in 2010
Is there anything new we can be expecting this year?
Yes, there will be a new line released in March or April. The name of the line is “Loyal” and so far the blend has been top secret, even to me! The general price range will be bewteen $3.50-$4.50 but that is still “to be determined.”
We will also be releasing a new debut at this years IPCPR convention in Las Vegas, but I can’t say anything at this point of time, but it’s going to be really cool and have something to do with the family heritage.
What is your favorite drink/drinks to pair with cigars?
My favorite would have to be Bourbon, Scotch, and Cognac, with Bourbon being my No. 1. As far as Bourbons go my favorites to drink are the A.H. Hirsch 16 Year, that stuff is amazing. I also like George T. Stagg and Blantons. Now as far as Scotch goes I really enjoy The McAllen 18, that would be my top Scotch. Along with that I like Oban and Dalwhinnie. Now for Cognac, I really enjoy Pierre Ferrand Single Estate 25 year Cigar Blend. This Cognac is a “single estate” in the same way our cigar is a “single region”
What are your desert island cigars?
That would have to be the Exodus 1959 50 Years BP, the Toraño Master Torpedo, and the Single Region Churchill
Okay, and now your favorite cigars outside of Carlos Toraño?
That’s a tough one, okay I’m gonna go all out. Cohiba Sublime 2004 (habano), Davidoff 1984 Dom Perignon (habano), Padron 44th Anniversary Natural, and The Frank by Tatuaje