I recently smoked the Key West Select Torpedo, a great cigar at an exceptional value. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Key West Select Torpedo. This was an A- cigar at an A+ price. In fact, the Key West Select Torpedo is the best value cigar that I have had in a long time.
Key West Select Torpedo
A Dominican cigar with Dominican fillers, a Sumatran binder, and an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, this was a smooth, sweet smoke.
Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with a pilsner. As is my usual habit when tasting cigars, however, I enjoyed mine with a good 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 indicates, the label was subdued and low key. It had an eloquent simplicity that I like.
Key West Select Torpedo’s Condition
The cigar came in fair condition. It looked a bit wrinkled and dry. It was, frankly, not a great looking cigar, and the wrapper split on me in the middle of the smoke.
Feel of the Cigar
The cigar felt well made. It was consistently packed with just the right amount of give on the squeeze. The roll was nearly perfect.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled of cedar with hints of floral and cream. It was a bit too subdued for my liking, but it was a nice smelling cigar regardless.
The cut was ok. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and easily, but the cap flaked and frayed a bit, not what you want to see.
Lighting the Key West Select Torpedo
The Key West Select Torpedo was stubborn and very difficult to get lit. I’m generally pretty patient when it comes to getting my cigars going, but this one took way too long and was way too much trouble.
The draw was just a bit too tough for my liking. It wasn’t too bad, but the resistance was more than I like in a lighter cigar like this. It made it just a little too challenging to pull enough smoke into my mouth.
It was good, but not great.
On the retrohale, the Key West Select Torpedo was extremely smooth with hints of cream and an almost candy sweetness with a bit of mint.
Key West Select Torpedo’s Flavor
On the cold draw, I picked up hints of pepper but nothing else. This was a bit surprising given the scent of the wrapper, but it was nice nonetheless.
After the light, the smoke was very smooth with scents of cream and perhaps some cedar mixed in. It was a wonderfully smooth and delicious smoke.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the smoke smelled of pepper yet somehow managed to maintain a smooth aroma. Still, it was nothing overly appetizing or impressive.
The burn was mediocre at best. It burned evenly, but I always felt like the cigar was about to go out.
The ash was fine. There was nothing impressive about it, but I never had to worry about its dropping off into my lap.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
This cigar left little physiological effect. It did not leave me with that nice mellow feeling that I like, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I have no complaints.
Key West Select Torpedo’s Tobacco
The Key West Select Torpedo showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Key West Select Torpedo Final Grade
Overall, this was a nice cigar. While it isn’t among the best cigars I’ve ever had, I’m confident in its low A grade. It was a fantastic cigar, even if it was not quite extraordinary. But, at $2.38 per stick, this is a value that just cannot be beaten. I will likely soon pick up a box for everyday smoking.
Final Grade: 90 / A-
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