Torpedo cigars – they’re a little old-timey, a little bit of a pain in the ass to cut, and typically not the first vitola that most smokers reach for. But, did you know that the torpedo is not just rolled for a fancy look?
In fact, the torpedo is in some ways the most accommodating shape for any cigar lover. First crafted in Spain in the early 19th century, the narrowing head of a torpedo cigar is designed to condense and intensify smoke as it passes through to the smoker. This results in a richer concentration of satisfying flavors.
In addition to ramping up the richness of a given cigar blend, the gradual taper of a torpedo point gives you options as to where you can cut the cigar. Depending on how far down you place your cut on a torpedo, you will get a different flow of smoke. Cut near the top for a more concise draw, or cut a bit further down for a greater volume of smoke in each puff. This allows you to really tweak your experience to your preferences, putting you in control of the smoke.
Now that we’ve got that bit of education out of the way, I’d like to introduce you to a few of the finest examples of this awesomely adaptable vitola that we house in our humungous humidor.
Voted as Cigar Aficionado’s #1 cigar of 2015 with a crazy 97 rating, the Don Pepin Garcia My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box-Press is well-deserving of its high accolades.
Rolled using rugged and oily Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrappers over a gorgeous blend of prime Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos, the torpedo shape of this strong and savory box-pressed cigar puts an extra-bold push behind its dark and spicy, complex flavors.
The Rocky Patel Decade is known for its robust character, and the torpedo version is perhaps the ultimate representation of the spirit of the blend.
A long-time favorite for lovers of hearty and spicy smokes, the Decade Torpedo features a special blend of aged ligero tobaccos under an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Delivering rich, woody, and peppery taste through plumes of dense smoke, this tasty torpedo was rated a whopping 95 and sells out regularly.
Powerful yet smooth, Oliva Serie V cigars have long been regarded as “must-have” smokes by serious aficionados.
These highly-rated handmades are rolled using an oily, sun-grown Habano wrapper and Ligero filler leaves from Nicaragua’s famed Jalapa Valley that have been carefully fermented to perfection. The result is a spicy, woody smoke with notes of red pepper, cedar, leather, and a hint of caramel sweetness that plays out perfectly when concentrated through the torpedo tip.
Creamy and balanced with a classic taste, Alec Bradley’s American Classic Torpedo is almost too easy to enjoy.
Comprised of a Connecticut-seed wrapper leaf grown in the potent soils of Honduras over smooth Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers, the American Classic is woody and toasty with delicious hints of pepper and leather. When presented in the torpedo format, this medium-bodied cigar takes on a new level of density in flavors, pushing its richness potential to the max with mouthwatering results.
A jaw-dropping blend of tobaccos from 12 countries including Brazil, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Syria, Turkey, and several locales in the United States, Drew Estate’s Larutan is like nothing else you’ve ever lit up.
A full-bodied exercise in labyrinthian complexity, the Larutan takes your palate on a twisty journey through tones of chocolate, coffee, black pepper, red pepper, cream, cedar, oak, vanilla, and more. This wild flavor experience is turned up to 11 when enjoyed via the magnification of the torpedo vitola.
If you’ve never tried a torpedo cigar, it’s about time you did, and these five options are a great place to start. Check out these top torpedos and more at the lowest prices available @ BCP.