This is one of my older reviews but I think it matches up fairly well with my previous reviews of these cigars. I gave the maduro version of this cigar (torpedo vitola) a 93 a little over a month ago. Here is the review:
Well crafted, I can only see one blemish. Solid brown wrapper and from a very solid lineage. Most CAOs seem to be very good.
Ring Gauge: 50
Lots of smoke and an excellent draw. There is spice, which tastes like red pepper flakes, and the flavors are crisp – not muddied down at all. The flavors just explode on the tongue. It is medium bodied.
Like most CAOs this is a great cigar. It might actually be better than most I have smoked.
Ring Gauge: 48
Wrapper: Dominican Cameroon
Approximate Price: $7.00
I am not sure if reading certain parts of War and Peace is a good idea before smoking a cigar. Reading about the deaths of half, HALF!, the Russian and French armies at Boradino doesn’t really get me in the mood to enjoy a fine cigar. Oh well, I soldier on!
I love these cigars. They are my favorite and this is the only cigar I have bought a whole box of. It isn’t the best cigar ever, I’ve smoked better ones. But there is just something about it that I love. And they do score well, each time I have smoked one I have given them a score of 88 to 91. Not too shabby.
Now onto this cigar. It has a hole in the wrapper! And the foot seems a little poorly constructed too. The cigar isn’t really oily but it’s got enough oils on it. I’m sure it is fine. The rest of the cigar looks good and delicious. I hope that looks aren’t deceiving for this cigar.
Just lit this cigar and I am a little worried about it. The draw is tight and the burn is uneven.
Whew! After about a half inch this ship gets righted. There is now tons of smoke and a good helping of spice. Like all the cigars from Fuente’s Gran Reserva line this is a borderline full bodied cigar. Just perfect if you ask me. It has well balanced flavors and is a smooth smoke.
This cigar has been in my humidor for nearly a year now. It’s one of the last from the box. I wouldn’t wait so long the next time I get some of these cigars but I think I have another few months before the flavors really start to die in these cigars. Basically, smoke them before eighteen months is up.
Halfway through the cigar does mellow out. Probably as a result of its aging in the humidor for a year. Great flavors. I already mentioned spice but there is also some leathery notes and a strong earthiness to this cigar. It is a warm, maybe even dry smoke.