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