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.
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.
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.