I recently smoked the Bahia Brazil Torpedo, which I have reviewed below. This content uses referral links.
A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Bahia Brazil Torpedo. Most of the cigars I get from Cigar of the Month are excellent, but I cannot recommend this one. The Bahia Brazil was mediocre at best, on the very low-end of what is acceptable for a premium cigar.
A Nicaraguan cigar with Nicaraguan fillers and binder and a Brazilian maduro wrapper, this cigar has gotten good marks elsewhere. I, however, did not find it satisfactory and will not be purchasing any more in the future.
Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with a pinot noir. As is my usual habit when tasting cigars, however, I enjoyed mine with a cup of coffee.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Look of the Label
As the picture shows, the label was fine, if a bit loud for my taste. I prefer a subdued eloquence, but I also recognize that it doesn’t really matter. The look of the label is a mere aesthetic consideration.
Condition of the Bahia Brazil Torpedo
The cigar had a beautiful oily sheen, but it was marked by some imperfections and minor damage to and flaking on the wrapper. Overall, however, the Bahia Brazil Torpedo appeared to be a very well-constructed cigar.
Feel of the Wrapper
The wrapper felt fine. There were some inconsistencies in it with several soft spots throughout, but there wasn’t anything particularly concerning about it.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar had a pleasant aroma. It was smooth with smells of earth and a bit of spice.
The cut was okay and what you would expect from a well-constructed cigar. All indications to this point were that it was. Unfortunately, that would not pan out consistently.
The Bahia Brazil Torpedo took the flame quickly and relatively evenly. I had one trouble spot on the foot that didn’t want to ignite, but it wasn’t particularly concerning.
The draw was perfect at first, allowing me to pull just the right amount of smoke from the cigar with just the right about of effort. As the smoke progressed, however, the Bahia Brazil Torpedo became very troublesome, as the draw became more and more difficult.
I generally don’t care for torpedo-shaped cigars because this has a tendency to happen if the cigar is not put together exceptionally well.
This one apparently wasn’t.
Flavor of the Smoke in the Nose
The Bahia Brazil Torpedo had a strong pepper flavor in the nose. It wasn’t overpowering, but it wasn’t particularly enjoyable, either.
Flavor of the Smoke on the Palate
The Bahia Brazil Torpedo had a strong peppery spice flavoring that overpowered the more subtle notes that I had a difficult time detecting. The Cigar of the Month Club tasting notes indicated there should be hints of dark chocolate, earth, and spice. I got the spice, but that was it.
The Aroma of the Smoke
The cigar had an earthy aroma with a mixture of zesty spice. It smelled okay, but it wasn’t particularly appealing, either.
The burn of the cigar was nice and even throughout. Despite the several shortcomings of the Bahia Brazil Torpedo, it was perfect here. I didn’t have to worry about the burn at all, which I appreciated.
The ash maintained excellent strength and consistency. It looked like a well-constructed cigar in this area.
In fact, the Bahia Brazil Torpedo was a cigar full of contradictions, demonstrating great care in construction in some areas, but performing poorly in others. I frankly don’t know what to make of it.
Bodily Sensation From the Smoke
The cigar gave me a light nicotine high feeling. I don’t care for that.
I assume it resulted not from the quality of the tobacco itself, but from how hard I had to work at smoking the thing after the draw became nearly impossible. Were it not for the unsatisfactory performing draw, I suspect the cigar would have been perfect on this point.
Still, it was what it was.
No Loose Tobacco
The Bahia Brazil Torpedo showed itself to be solidly constructed here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point.
Overall, this was a mediocre cigar at best. The taste was just okay, and the draw, after a nice start, quickly became nearly impossible as the smoke progressed.
At about $2.99 per cigar at cigarinternational.com, however, you may want to give it a try. I didn’t care for it, but it appears others have. At that price point, the Bahia Brazil Torpedo may be worth the gamble.
Final Grade: 74 / C
As always, I recommend Monthly Club’s Cigar of the Month Club. I’ve been a member for years. You’ll get five premium cigars delivered to your door every month. (There’s also a more expensive Rare Cigar Club available, for those who are interested.)
I don’t like every cigar I receive, as this review clearly indicates, but most are excellent. And, even the cigars I try and don’t like help me narrow down my tastes and refine my palate.
The opportunity to try a variety of high-quality cigars and to learn more about cigars in general through the accompanying tasting notes has been an invaluable experience for me. I have enjoyed being a member, and I recommend giving it a try.
If you’re interested and would like to use my referral link, I would appreciate it. If you’d prefer not to use my link, however, I still recommend the club. Just go to Monthly Club’s Cigar of the Month website to explore Monthly Clubs’ offerings.