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Monday, 24 May 2010

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The flavors of the Special S Torpedo match the quality of its burn and reinforce the notion that the “S” in its name stands for smooth. The cigar starts off with some peppery flavor, as well as some wood. This then moves onto some very creamy notes, along with some nuts. A sweet flavor that would resemble fruit also appears, as does some earth. The creamy flavor is the one that seems most persistent throughout this stick, however. It definitely seems like it is mild to medium-bodied.

There is not much to say about the Special S Torpedo, other than it was a great cigar. Just looking at it, I had the feeling it would be a winner. The burn was excellent, and the flavors really hit the sweet spot. It would go great with a morning cup of coffee. Fans of medium-bodied cigars would enjoy it, while those who like stronger offerings would probably find the Special S Torpedo to be too mild. As far as the price goes, a box of 20 averages out to about $10 per stick, making the Special S one of the more expensive cigars from Oliva. It is also hard to find, so that might add a premium to its price. Regardless, if you enjoy smooth cigars, try to pick up at least a pack of five.

The Oliva Special S Torpedo earns a solid rating of 3.5 out of 4 stars.

Rocky Patel 1961 Toro

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The Rocky Patel 1961 line was created to celebrate the company founder's year of birth. Considering the importance of what it is representing, one would expect a quality cigar. Luckily, as with many Rocky Patel selections, the 1961 is just that; quality. The 1961 is also credited with breaking in the Tabacalera Villa Cuba in Nicaragua by being the first cigar made in that factory, which was one of Rocky Patel's more recent acquisitions.

The Rocky Patel 1961 Toro measures 6 1/2x52. The 1961 comes in other sizes too: the 5x50 Robusto, the 5 1/2x44 Corona, and the 6 1/8x52 Torpedo. The 1961's filler is made of Nicaraguan tobacco, and its binder is Honduran. Completing the package is an Ecuadorian Habano Seed wrapper. The 1961 resides in between two strength classes, with its categorization as being medium to full-bodied.






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