Man O’ War Torpedo – Cigar Review

This is a thick, maduro cigar. Supposedly, it is supposed to be very strong – I don’t know. Just because it is a maduro does not mean it is going to be a strong cigar. Well, we’ll see. To tell you the truth I am not expecting that much from this cigar. I’ve been wrong before and hopefully I am wrong here as well.

The Flame!

Actually, at first it is a strong cigar. There are toast and nutty flavors for this cigar. The draw is great as well. It is not burning evenly though but I do like the flavors. So far so good and I am pleasantly surprised so far.

Alright, now I have smoked it down nearly an inch. Some of the strength that was present at first has gone away. The flavors have changed a bit and I am getting a meaty, almost jerky-like flavor coming through. It smells earthy now too.

There is no way I can say that this is one of my favorite cigars. I like the flavors, mostly, but they seem to be competing with each other. You could call it a complex cigar, kind of like a grade school marching band is complex. There are a ton of different things going on but they do not come together at all.

But it’s not all bad. Not at all really. It is a fairly strong cigar, it is standing up rather well to my Wild Turkey, which doesn’t always happen. And while the flavors are all over the place I can tell that with some aging this cigar will be much better. Heck, even as it stands now it isn’t a bad cigar.

Personally speaking, I would give this cigar another month or two in the humidor. It isn’t too far off from being a really good cigar. I think it even has potential to be a 90 point cigar. Right now, however, it isn’t.

87 points

Rocky Patel Fusion Toro – Cigar Review

Rocky Patel’s Fusion line is actually very interesting. For the construction of this cigar they use many different tobaccos but that’s not what’s interesting. What is interesting is that they use two wrapper quality leaves; one for the wrapper (duh) and one for the binder.

The binder is made from Ecuadorian Connecticut tobacco leafs and the wrapper itself is a darker leaf that is referred to as “Habano” by the retailer. As with many things in life I think that this term is meant to be a little misleading. The retailer calls it a “Habano” wrapper because the seeds that were used to grow this cigar come from the Motherland of cigars, Cuba. Whatever. The impression they are trying to impart is, obviously, that this cigar was made with Cuban tobacco. It wasn’t.

Now onto the actual cigar. This cigar has a nice, dark wrapper. No really pronounced veins. Overall, the construction of this cigar looks good. The two bands on it are a little much, oh well. But what really matters is how much I like this cigar.


This cigar is just great. I just lit it and I already know that it will be on the strong side. Technically speaking, medium-bodied to strong. There is lots of smoke and this cigar has a perfect draw to it.

Wood and pepper notes for this one. It’s a perfectly good, enjoyable cigar. I really do like it and want to smoke many more. It’s flavors lasted from foot to nub and there were no really harsh notes at all. It burned evenly and wasn’t a chore of a cigar at all. Great cigar!

90 points

Smoking Cigars at CSUF

As some of you may know, I am currently going to Cal State University Fullerton to get my MBA in Entrepreneurship. Actually, that’s a big reason why I am doing this site. (Sorry, it’s not for altruistic reasons. After all, I am a capitalist.)

I also got my two undergrad degrees from Fullerton and during my whole time there I cannot remember anyone smoking a cigar on campus. Well, besides myself. There were tons of people smoking cigarettes, but no one smoked cigars.

That’s just wrong. Cigars represent a great way to spend an hour and, unless my experience was unique, there are many open hours on campus every semester. Why didn’t I see one other cigar smoker there? Hopefully things will change, but I doubt it.