Cigar Tasting: Reinado Cigars Torpedo

Reinado Cigars uses a unique method of fermentation that has been kept a secret. I personally don’t need to know what the secret is, only that it produces a very smooth and wonderful characteristic in the smoke. This particular cigar is a Torpedo and a Nicaraguan puro (meaning the wrapper, binder, and filler tobaccos are all from Nicaragua). It is medium bodied to medium plus.

At the beginning of the cigar, I tasted notes of rich fruits, dark cherry, a subtle sweetness and leather characteristics with a medium bodied flavor. As I progressed into the second third of the cigar, a black pepper flavor began to grow as well as the body and strength. By the end of the cigar the sweetness had slowly faded and the fuller bodied characteristics where shinning through with a medium plus strength. Throughout the smoke, the wasn’t a moment where the strength surpassed the flavor or body.This is an elegant smooth smoke with some very interesting flavor characteristics.

The first time I smoked the cigar I was thinking of rum as a pairing ( in particular a Zafra or Zacapa aged rum), because of the notes of sweetness, fruit, and spice. I think they could play off each other nicely. But as I smoke it again I  find myself thinking about a wine pairing. I’ll certainly be having some fun experimenting, but if you have any recommendations as far as wine or another spirit is concerned, I would love to hear them!

Torpedo: 6 1/8th x 52
Wrapper, Binder, & Filler: Nicaragua

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  1. John
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 12:23:23


    Great blogs! I’m John from NYC. I wanted to share with you my favorite pairings. I agree with you on your blog about casa magna, a very good cigar, however we should never have the highest expectations about a particular smoke. I’ve had cubans that were just okay and I’ve had Dominican cigars and Nicaraguan ones that were amazing. AND just bc one was amazing does not mean the next one will be the same. I have learned that through my experience. I for one love darker medium to full bodied cigars. I have enjoyed Gloria cubana, CAO MX2, also their traviata! But I love finding new smokes and particularly stay with just one. My fav combos are med to full bodied cigars with glenlivet or glenfiddich aged 12 years. If you van find the French oak reserve 15 hrs it it also goes very well:). My mixed drink is a slightly dirty sapphire gin or kettle one martini. I have always found these pairings very good. I’d love to hear what you think.
    Thanks, John Bambauer

  2. Thomas
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 22:09:37

    looks like a lovely stick Theresa……….the only Nicaraguan puros i’ve smoked are padrons and the Oliva series V………is it in a similar class to those?

  3. Eric Payne
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 12:14:17


    Great review though I was not as impressed as I thought I would be with the smoke. I think it needs about another year of aging to allow the taste to settle because it was not as consistant as I would have liked. However, I did pair it with a scotch (GL) and it helped smooth it out. I’m excited to see how this cigar will be in the next 8-12 months. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Tom
    Nov 09, 2011 @ 20:15:26

    I liked this smoke. I am thinking it will be nice with a red wine, a port or even a single malt scotch (maybe aged in port / sherry casks).
    Will be trying this again.

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