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Urbano Corojo Torpedo

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    Rodrigo & Panacea Rep amsgpwarrior's Avatar


     

    Urbano Corojo Torpedo



    Origin : Dominican Republic
    Format : Torpedo
    Size : N/A
    Wrapper : Dominican Republic
    Filler : Dominican Republic
    Binder : Dominican Republic
    Hand-Made
    Price : ~$8 each
    I am a huge fan of boutique brands and up and coming factories in the cigar biz. I love to see what a smaller, more hands on approach to cigars produces as far as quality, flavor, and value. Though due to smaller production, some boutique brands can be a little pricey, but the enjoyment of finding a diamond in the rough is what I am all about. This may be the case with Urbano Cigars and its owner Matt Urbano. Matt sent over a few torpedos from his corojo line, and I took the pleasure of letting these sit a week with much anticipation. These cigars are Dominican puros aged three years, triple fermented, and then sit within the factories seasoning rooms for another 90 days. Sounds promising right? Well,Ö you be the judge.

    Appearance : 3.5/5 Stars
    Upon gazing at this cigar, one will notice a distinct reddish hue to the light brown wrapper. It is heavy in the hand with a good tight packing. The wrapper is veiny, no gigantic veins to speak of, but they look as if they may pose a burn problem. The unique band is nice with raised lettering and textured paper. Putting the nose to the wrapper brings out sweet wood smells, and a touch of floral notes and black tea on the foot.
    Construction : 4/5 Stars
    After cutting the tip, the dry draw was perfect. It wasnít too open but had a touch of tightness that I like. The wrapper cut cleanly without breaking. The cigar was a little hard to get lit with my Xikar butane lighter, but once lit, it burned pretty straight through the first third. The ash is a little flaky with some stray fly-aways, but held on pretty tight for 2 to 3 inches at a time. The smoke thickness gradually builds the farther you make it down the stick, eventually producing a good creamy plume of smoke with each draw. The veins eventually did provide some uneven burns that required a few easily corrected touch ups.

    Flavor : 3.5/5 Stars
    First thing I notice after the spark, was no spice. Took me by surprise, so I figured I was headed for an easy ride. The Dominican tobacco was very mild and mellow from the start. This one doesnít jump out and hit you with spot on flavors at first, but I can taste some cedar notes on the palate and oakiness through the retrohale.
    On another note, the cigar doesnít present traditional corojo flavors to me though. This isnít a bad thing, but what I taste is more representative of a corojo-rosado leaf hybrid if there was such as thing (Rosado leaf being one of my favorites). About 2 inches in, the flavors started to ramp up, and now I can detect floral notes off of my palate and through my sinuses.
    The 2nd third the profile moves a little fuller. Some bitter coffee flavors started to come out tailed by a hay and cedar on the finish. The smoke has a more round characteristic to it now that is quite enjoyable.
    The last part of cigar became more bitter, but not awful. The flavors were all still there though, evolving in a mix of bitter coffee, hay, cedar and floral flavors. The wet paper taste I get with corojo wrappers started to come out near the nub, but I wonít let this deter from the fact this was a good stick. All in all this one was medium bodied and flavored for me.
    I recommend this one for morning smokes with your coffee. A very balanced cigar I might add.
    Value : 4/5 Stars
    Matt sent me a card with the suggested retail price of $7.90-$8.00 per stick. This almost puts it into the ďpremium smokesĒ category for me, but not quite. I think the pricing is fair for what you get. Good flavor, good construction, and decent pricing make it 5-pack+ worthy for me. I donít see myself buying a box of these, because I got cigar A.D.H.D., but that shouldnít deter anyone else from picking these up in numbers.
    Overall Rating : 4/5 Stars
    This is a solid stick! There isnít anything to hate about this cigar. It delivers great flavors in a medium bodied profile that I believe can rival many other corojos on the market. Iíve smoked several of the Camacho corojos that Cigar Aficionado gave so much praise for, and I can honestly say I rather smoke Urbanoís. I would definitely recommend these to friends who love medium bodied smokes. Thanks to Matt Urbano for supplying me with these samples!

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    Young Puffer Fish Tank997's Avatar


     

    Re: Urbano Corojo Torpedo

    Smoking my first Urbano Corojo Robusto right now while reading your review. Your review is spot on so far. I had a small burn issue in the first 3rd that worked itself out without a touch up. I find it medium and well balanced with many complex flavors. I ordered a sample pack of two each of the three Robustos from the Urbano web site.

    This is my first one so I look forward to trying the others as well. Matt, actually called me personally to thank me for the order! Now that's customer service!

    Into the second, 3rd now and getting better as I go! I will defiantly be smoking more of these. Give them a shot!

    Tom

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    Scotch & Cigars


     

    Re: Urbano Corojo Torpedo

    never even heard of them, looks interesting though, thanks for the review!

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    Young Puffer Fish Tank997's Avatar


     

    Re: Urbano Corojo Torpedo

    Quote Originally Posted by Rock31 View Post
    never even heard of them, looks interesting though, thanks for the review!
    Search Urbano Cigars on Google and you should find his new web site! It has a shop online feature which I used to order the six pack.

    Tom

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    Young Puffer Fish


     

    Re: Urbano Corojo Torpedo

    Have you tried their bundle cigars? I am wondering if they are any good or not, I am having problems finding out much about them. May have to just jump in and buy one and see how they are.


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