El Beso Maduro Short Cigar Review

September 12, 2009 · Posted in Asides, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Pre-Smoke

The dark wrapper is gruesome looking. Bumps and raised veins pollute the landscape of an otherwise oily and well constructed cigar. This is the second cigar that I bought at El Beso in Whittier, CA the other day. Measuring in at 6″ x 54 the El Beso Maduro Torpedo has tobaccos from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Brazil. As was the case with the previous cigar, the El Beso Reserve No. 11, this cigar made locally.

Smoke

Great draw and an even burn. I can feel the heat on my tongue from the spice but it definitely is not overpowering. Earthy, cocoa and a bit of sweetness round out the flavors. It’s a medium bodied cigar, maybe slightly more than that.

Working in the El Beso Maduro’s corner is the fact that the flavors are pristine; it’s really easy to pick out the flavors. Oddly, when I started smoking this cigar I was thinking that there was no way I was going to like it. But it is just getting better and better.

Chocolate takes on a more prominent role after the first ashing at the one inch mark. It’s an extremely rich chocolate. And then, as soon as that extremely rich chocolate flavor comes on the scene, it nearly disappears.

After-Smoke

It is difficult to formulate a conclusive verdict for this cigar. The flavors are good and they are very clean. But there is just something lacking from it. The flavors are not as vibrant as I had hoped. Perhaps my expectations for this cigar were too lofty after smoking the El Beso Reserve No. 11 to truly enjoy this good, in its own right, cigar. Still, something was missing.

3 points

Price: $6.50

El Beso Reserve Short Cigar Review

September 11, 2009 · Posted in Asides, Short Cigar Review · 1 Comment 

Pre-Smoke

A couple of years ago my parents got me a cigar lighter from a local B&M called El Beso. That lighter lasted me nearly three years and it looked good so I went back to El Beso to get another one. Once I got into their brick and mortar I learned that they also make cigars. My interest now piqued I had to get a couple of their home made cigars; one a maduro torpedo and the other the Reserve No. 11 (torpedo). I am smoking the latter, which has a Connecticut Shade wrapper and Nicaraguan tobacco makes up the rest.

There are some imperfections on the wrapper: a minor hole and some dark spots dot the light brown wrapper. Other than that, it looks and feels great. The wrapper feels soft to the touch but this El Beso Reserve is packed perfectly. I guess these people really do know how to roll a cigar. Let’s find out if they know how to blend tobacco well.

Smoke

It starts off with a strong oak flavor. At this point it is a mild-medium bodied cigar but the flavors are really good. Then, at around the one inch point, the spice really starts to bloom. There is nothing overpowering about this cigar but it does have a lot of flavor – and I like spice – so all is good by me.

Behind the spice is a layer toasty flavor that mixes quite well with the overall flavor profile. After the initial mild-medium bodied strength it goes a tick up to medium bodied. The draw is perfect and the burn is even.

After-Smoke

I didn’t know what to think of this cigar before I smoked it. The proprietor, Joe Gomez, assured me that while the strength is middle of the road the flavor is dynamic. And it is. My only qualm about this cigar is an intermittent harshness that pops up in the last couple of inches of the cigar. Overall, it is a very good cigar.

4 points

Price: $6.50