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Friday, 21 August 2009

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Continuing where we left of in part one of this two part series, let’s take a gander at a few more torpedo cigars.  In this edition we will review three more samplings:  The Camacho Limited Harvest Torpedo, the Casa Fernandez Torpedo, and the Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo.  All cigars are reviewed on a four star rating scale.

 

Camacho Limited Harvest Torpedo

 

Camacho Cigars is a brand that began with its roots in Cuba decades ago.  Once the United States imposed its embargo against the island nation in the 1960’s, it was time for many Cuban based growers to find a new home.  One such a person was Don Julio Eiroa, who decided to take his search west to the Central American country of Honduras.  Although it was feared that it would be quite difficult and time consuming to find lush valleys that could replicate what Cuba had to offer in terms of tobacco growth, Eiroa finally stumbled upon the Jamastran Valley along with his companion Tino Argudin.  Eiroa has remained for the decades since that discovery, and as a result, his business has blossomed.  Running the company alongside his son, Christian, Don Julio has managed to expand his mini empire to a staff of over 3,000 workers who produce over 20 million cigars per year with products cultivated from his 1,500 acres of farmland at Tabacos Rancho Jamastran in Honduras.  The Eiroa father and son team takes great pride in the products they present to the public that are a result of decades of hard work.

 

The Camacho Limited Harvest Torpedo measures 6.125 x 54.  As its name may suggest, is a supposedly rare edition from the brand.  The word on the street is that only 50,000 of this edition of cigars have been produced due to the rarity of the leaf used to wrap the cigar.  The wrapper is from the Jamastran Valley in Honduras, and the binder is also Honduran.  The Camacho Limited Harvest Torpedo is filled with tobacco from Honduras as well.  Physically, the cigar itself doesn’t do much to catch one’s eye.  Its wrapper has somewhat of a dull brown tone that leans more towards light than dark, and is marked by a few long veins running its length.  When put under direct light you can notice a bit of oiliness on the exterior.  The rather dull natural exterior of the cigar is jazzed up a bit thanks to its nice band at the head.  The band is a rich red color accented by gold markings as well as the company name.  A quick sniff of the unlit cigar produces an earthy scent without any distinguishable “flavors” to it.

 

The burn of the Camacho Limited Harvest Torpedo is a bit uneven at times, though you won’t have to worry much about relighting it too often.  The flavors experienced while smoking this cigar begin gentle but end up a bit harsh, ranging from a soothing creamy/nutty and ending with more of an earthy/spicy tint near the finish.  Be warned that for some it may be a bit dry on your mouth, so a beverage would come in handy.  Its nutty flavors seem to go well with a cup of coffee, but at least have something on hand so your throat doesn’t get parched.

 

Overall, the Camacho Limited Harvest Torpedo is a worthwhile smoke.  It does burn unevenly and is a bit dry, but it is at least worth a shot.  Nothing really stands out about it, but it is a limited edition, so that could be a selling point. Its prices vary from anywhere between $5 to $10 a single, depending on where you look.  The Camacho Limited Harvest Torpedo earns 3.5 stars.

 

 

 

 

Casa Fernandez brand cigars are produced by Tabacalera Tropical, one of Central America’s largest manufacturers, headquartered in Esteli, Nicaragua.  The Casa Fernandez line is one of the company’s more refined lines.  Tabacalera Tropical controls the entire manufacturing process, from growth all the way to production.  They pride themselves on producing cigars that contain unique blends that keep up with new trends in the industry and are good enough to satisfy almost every type of cigar enthusiast out there.  Casa Fernandez cigars are available worldwide from the United States all the way to the Far East. 

 

The Casa Fernandez, first and foremost, is considered, by the brand at least, a premium cigar.  It measures 6.25 x 52.  The Casa Fernandez Torpedo has a filler made from Nicaraguan Aganorsa leaf.  A premium Nicaraguan Corojo Sun grown wrapper and Nicaraguan binder complete the exterior.   It is a solidly built cigar, with a few noticeable lumps upon touching it.  It has a few long veins that accent its somewhat light-colored wrapper.  The band at the head is the highlight, and has a noble looking red F surrounded by rich gold and black graphics.  Unlit, the Casa Fernandez Torpedo does not smell that great unlit, so that being said, onto the burn.

 

The Casa Fernandez has an uneven burn, although it does a good job of staying lit throughout.  Flavor is where this cigar really shines.  All the flavors experienced are very smooth and pleasing to the senses.  You will notice a shift from a soft, nutty flavor to some smooth caramel that finally ends with a rich tint of cocoa. 

 

The Casa Fernandez Torpedo is a worthy purchase. Its smooth flavor is perfect with a cup of coffee or as a treat any time of the day.  Its burn is not perfect but its flavor overcomes that obstacle.  It is a premium cigar and has a price around $8 for a single.  If the price is not an issue, it is certainly worth a frequent smoke, and is perfect for all occasions.  The Casa de Fernandez Torpedo earns a high rating of four stars.

 

 

The Rocky Patel brand of cigars is more of a boutique brand and less of a mass producer.  Named after its founder, the brand strives for perfection and quality rather than quantity.  Rocky adds his personal touch to his line of cigars by mixing the blends himself, until he reaches the perfect combination.  Rocky Patel cigars are geared towards the more sophisticated smoker and are definitely a brand to be smoked slowly and enjoyed to the fullest.

 

The Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo is a special cigar thanks to its filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos that have been aged for eight years to accumulate maximum flavor.  Its exterior is no slouch either, highlighted by a ten year old Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder.  The cigar measures 6.25 x 52.  Just by looking at it, you can tell the Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 is a special cigar.  Its dark wrapper shines when put under light from its tinge of oiliness.  There are two majestic red bands with gold accents near the head and middle of the cigar that add to its aesthetic value.  A quick whiff of the unlit cigar hits you with a bit of chocolate.

 

The Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo burns like a charm.  Throughout the cigar you can experience a nice blend of smooth coffee and chocolate that leave you begging for more.  Be sure to have a beverage on hand to counteract the dryness.  Maybe some beer or even water would work.  Other than that, it’s an excellent experience.

The Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo does not disappoint.  Its outward appearance and great smoke and flavors make it a must have.  It is a bit pricy at around $10 for a single, but well worth it.  It definitely earns its rating of four stars.

 

I hope you enjoyed this review of some torpedoes.  Stay tuned in the future for more!

 

 

 

 






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