Calibre Cigar Review
According to the little card that Miami Cigar & Co. sent with these samples (yes, that’s the full disclosure part) “This 100% Nicaraguan Puro was initially created as a personal house blend of Miami Cigar to be used exclusively for promos but, due to the demand, we were forced to release them.” These cigars come in two sizes, both will be reviewed here, and in both rosado and oscuro wrappers, I’ll be smoking the former. Oh, and these things are Nub short, just so you know.
Wrapper: Nicaragua | Binder: Nicaragua | Filler: Nicaragua | Price: $4.60
The Robusto (4 x 58)
It really is a good looking cigar in the same way that the Nubs are. The wrapper has some oils on it, is well made and it is perhaps too solidly packed. There are a couple of medium sized holes in the wrapper but there really isn’t a vein issue.
The prelight draw is easy and sweet while the foot has a spicy sweet smell to it. The first third of the cigar is really complex. Nuttiness, hay, a quickly diminishing sweetness and some bitterness. While that bitterness does add some contrast to the flavor profile it is almost overpowering the other flavors, which, in this case, isn’t a good thing.
Entering the second third now and that blasted bitterness has largely dissipated. With bitterness performing at a diminished capacity other flavors are shining. Sweetness and cashew lead the way with some spice. One area of worry is that a crack has formed at the midway point of the cigar. So far it isn’t growing much and is being consumed by the burn line, which is fairly even. The draw has been a smidgen tight at times but that is me just splitting hairs, really.
I’m going to go ahead and peg this as nominally full bodied. For some reason, the strength seems to be getting to me. Now, I’ve smoked a few of these before and I don’t remember this happening before. I’ll chalk this one up to sleep deprivation.
Nearing the end now it’s now a predominantly earthy cigar. There is some sourness present on the periphery. But it’s not a deal breaker at all because it is just a minor nuisance. Really good cigar.
The Torpedo (4 x 58)
Of the two vitolas I like this one the most; well, at least I have liked it more. Very well made cigar with an oily wrapper and no notable blemishes.
Spice is the first thing you notice with this cigar. That and the great draw. Nuts and woodiness are in the background. Intriguing flavors. I can taste a little bit of that bitterness coming around the corner.
Bitterness, for this cigar, is actually a wonderful development. I’m not sure what the difference is between this vitola and the robusto but there seems to be a difference to me. The bitterness here is developing into a cocoa bitterness that I really like.
Rich flavors abound with this one. What is especially good with this cigar is that the flavors are refined and work well with each other.
Over halfway through now and this cigar has settled down into being a medium-full bodied cigar with plus flavors. Nuttiness, some sweetness and a somewhat bitter cocoa flavor remain. Spice really wasn’t a major player after the first half an inch or so.
Good draw and burn with this cigar. Overall, it is an enjoyable cigar and there is a decent amount of complexity too. Enjoyed smoking it.