Custom Rolls

Top Cigars torpedo

Walking on Calle Ocho we were invited into a cigar shop called Top. The owner poured us some Cuba Libres and handed us one of his house blends, a huge torpedo with a shaggy foot.
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The torpedo’s are packed in huge 100ct boxes and sell for $8 but we managed to talk them down to $6 a piece. The medium dark wrapper has a lot of small veins. The construction is good and the predraw is on the loose side.
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I tasted some wood, mild flavored with a mild chocolate aftertaste. There is also a slight salty flavor present. The flavors slowly grow in strength and midway some pepper is noticeable. At the end the flavor is a slightly salt wood.
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The smoke starts thin but get thicker along the way. The cigar is medium bodied and mild to medium flavored. The burn is straight. I did discover a beetle hole.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, if I visit Calle Ocho again and I decide to light a cigar in the store.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Johnny O toro

Johnny O is an American based roller that rolls farm rolled custom cigars in small batches, and it seems that every batch has a different flavor profile, depending on the tobacco he can get. The cigars are hard to get, and I was lucky enough to get this ring 54 and 6 ½ long Toro from an American friend.
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The wrapper is nice chocolaty dark, smooth and oily with not a lot of veins. The aroma is a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is good though dry with a slight raisin flavor that I seem to get from the predraw with a lot of cigars.
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After lighting the cigars I taste some earthy flavors with a hint of leather. After a few puffs the leather grows to be the dominant flavor with some pepper on the tongue and a slight sweetness. The smoke makes my mouth feel dry. After an inch the leather fades away and I get a sweet mellow chocolate that slowly grows in strength. A toast flavor shows up and the flavors get a little creamy. After smoking ½ of the cigar I also taste a slightly salt nut flavor, hazelnuts I guess. The saltiness stays with the nuts and the chocolate for the remainder of the cigar, the nutty flavor grows stronger slowly.
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The smoke is a bit thin although the smoke became thicker near the end. The cigar produced enough smoke. The ash is frayed and quite dark while the burn is a little below average, I had to correct a few times. I think this is a medium/full bodied cigar, full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I can get them, yes I will

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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