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post #1 of 10 Old 02-28-2011, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Pinar Del Rio Oscuro Torpedo Review



Pinar Del Rio Oscuro Torpedo Review | Cigar Pointe

Wrapper: Bahia Oscuro\Brazilian
Binder: Criollo\Dominican
Filler: Nicaraguan\Dominican
Price: $6.30
Vitola: 6 1/2 x 52
Drink: Coca Cola
Appearance & Construction: Shiny wrapper due to excess oil. Itís very smooth and looks great with itís dark rich color. The draw is perfect, just like every PDR Oscuro Iíve had. However the construction wasnít always great. The ash was flaky, the cigar burnt a little uneven, and it smoked like a chimney while sitting. Youíd think all that smoke would translate into a really fast and hot burn, but thatís not the case. It stayed very cool throughout most of the smoke.
Flavor & Notes: Right on the first draw I picked up a heavy chocolate flavor with notes of cinnamon (the cinnamon flavor became more apparent through the nose). The oscuro was incredibly smooth, even on the retrohale. After I had smoked through a third, I started to pick up a buttery taste that complimented the chocolate flavor nicely, and added to the overall viscosity and smoothness. Nearing the half way mark the spice starts to pick up, and it added a little kick to the overall experience. Two-thirds of the way in, Spanish cedar notes started to creep up. It was an interesting addition to the other flavors, and eventually it ended up dominating the palette for the rest of the smoke. True to most cigars, the flavor begins to die out rapidly in the last third. Lots of great flavor in this smoke.
Body: Starts off as a very smooth medium, and starts to build after the half way mark. It never quite makes it to full bodied, and ends up medium-full.
Overall Smoking Experience: The first time I had this it blew me away, and I almost exclusively smoked this for a month or two. After taking a break for 3 or 4 months, Iíve come back to try this cigar again. Itís apparent that Pinar Del Rio has created something special, with lasting appeal. I loved this every bit as much as the first time, and at the price youíll be hard-pressed to find something much better. This is a quality smoke on a budget! Recommended for the medium to full bodied smoker.
Pre-Light: Amazing milk-chocolate notes on the draw.
Rating: 8.0
Buy Again: Will be one of my every-day go to cigars.

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-28-2011, 04:18 PM
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Re: Pinar Del Rio Oscuro Torpedo Review

Excellent, thanks for the review! I've been eying these, waiting to hear from somebody what the report on them is. Now I'm really wanting to pick some up...
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Re: Pinar Del Rio Oscuro Torpedo Review

Thanks! Generally I like all the PDR's quite a bit. The oscuro would definitely be my favorite, but you might want to check into the maduro as well.

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I'll do that. It's good to have a recommendation from someone. I'll have to see if I can score a sampler or something. Or at least a fiver each of the oscuro and maduro. Could be a while though...I'm at that cigar-budget-freeze spot again...
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Re: Pinar Del Rio Oscuro Torpedo Review

Nice review just picked up a box few weeks ago love these .
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Very good, budget-friendly cigar. Agree with your review completely, very nice chocolate undertones. Seemed to lose a little steam into final 3rd but for the QPR, this is a good get. Can score these for $2 a stick on the devil site often. Good cigar with coffee IMO.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-29-2011, 01:06 AM
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thanks for the review, Matt

I wrote a review/rant complaining about the old blend of these & later criticized myself & apologized because the cigars had come over-humidified which I had not understood. After they dried out they were very good.

So I ask: Did you ever try the old blend and if so, how close are they to what you just reviewed? (Your review makes them sound close w/ the new blend a bit more dynamic.)

Second ? Are you a Texan who is a Liverpool fan, or a "Skouser" (did I spell that right & hope that word is polite, meant to be friendly) that moved to Texas? Tough year for Liverpool, but they'll probably get back in contention in a couple of years.
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I just smoked the robusto vitola. I found it fairly bland and flavorless.......and yes, it tailed off from there in the last third.

More for the rest of you!
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Just ordered a mazo of 20 of these beauties. Cigars International is offering 20 for $39 this week, if you are interested!
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Re: Pinar Del Rio Oscuro Torpedo Review

NIce review... The PDR oscuro was my first (on purpose) box buy. I prefer the robusto. But the toros that I have are still a little wet.
I don't get as much spice as you. Maybe the pointy tip builds that a little more.. Just the right amount of pepper for me. But I could stand to be surprised once in a while.
If you like these, you HAVE to try the sungrown. I like just about ALL of the PDR line. The seleccion is an awesome PA broadleaf. The classic is OK. But the Connecticut wrapper leaves me a little dry. The 1878 natural is one of the smoothest/thickest/creamiest non maduro I've smoked lately.
Sampler abound on cbid. Even though the CI deal this week is tempting. I got my last 35-40 PDRs for a buck a stick or less.
Have fun
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