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Manuel Schirra Torpedo

Now this cigar was a mystery to me, and at the time of writing still is a mystery although I managed to find some information on this brand. I had this cigar in my humidor for a few years and every time I saw it I was intrigued, not by the looks or the ring, although it stands out, but by the fact that I didn’t know anything about the cigar, never even heard of the brand so today it was time to fire google up and see what I could find.

One a message board I learned that this cigar is a house blend for a shop in Las Vegas called Cigarbox, owned by Freyboy Tobacco. Now I have been to Las Vegas but I haven’t been to that specific shop, I only stopped at Casa Fuente and the now not longer existing Pheasant Cigars, so this cigar must have been a gift. It is rumored to be a Nicaraguan pro but the blend and the factory are unknown to me.

The cigar looks good, a nice medium brown wrapper with a reddish glow to it, no real veins. The construction feels good too and the tip is sharp. The ring, as I said in the intro, is unique. It shows the face of a man, and says Havana Cuba but on the side of the ring it says Nicaragua, and since it’s a house blend for an American shop it’s safe to say that this is not a Cuban cigar. Even though the ring is clearly professionally printed the design looks like its home made and a little discolored by time and somehow I really like this ring because it makes me curious, very curious. The aroma is very mild and I smell hay and straw.

I cut the cigar, the cold draw is good. I taste a little mint, some sultana and dry tobacco. I lit the cigar with my old Ronson and I taste coffee, full and strong. After half an inch I also taste spices and cedar. After an inch I taste toast with pepper and spices. Halfway the cigar is dry, I taste cedar, toast, cinnamon, pepper and a little lime and mint. The last third starts work more honey sweetness. The cinnamon gets stronger and the only flavor

that I taste, I like it a lot.

The draw is fine. The salt and pepper colored ash is firm. The smoke is medium to full in thickness and volume. The burn is good, not perfect as it’s a little crooked. This is a medium bodied medium full flavored cigar with a nice evolution. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Depending on the price, but if I ever happen to be in Vegas I will look up the lounge.

Score: 90

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Liga Privada #9 flying pig

I have to give a lot of credit to Steve Saka, president of Drew Estate. Before he created and released the Liga Privada #9 I would take a walk around the block to avoid touching anything with the Drew Estate name to it, but after smoking a Liga Privada #9 I wanted more of those. And then there came the Flying Pig, a fat funny looking stick that made its way to the top 5 of my “want to try” list. I tried it, and loved it.
The flying pig is made from the same blend as the normal Liga Privada #9, so it has a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, a Brazilian binder and Honduran & Dominican filler. The wrapper is nice and dark and is almost veinless, it looks like a small bomb. The cap has a pig tail, but that was expected with a name like this. The cigar has a full barnyard aroma. The construction feels good, but the predraw is a bit easy and leaves a delayed pepper flavor on the tongue.
Right from the start I can taste cacao, mild bitter and earthy flavors. After a few puffs I can also taste some herbs and spices, like seedless red peppers. After a third the flavors mellow out, the pepper and the cacao disappeared, the herbal flavors and the earth are now the only flavors noticeable.
Halfway the aftertaste becomes a mild creamy chocolate flavor but unfortunately the chocolate doesn’t stick around, the creaminess does. Close to the end the cacao returns.
The draw starts off a little bit on the loose side but gets better. I get a lot of smoke from this cigar, medium thick and it has a blue shine to it. The cigar has a strange shape, and just like perfectos I can’t get it to burn straight in the beginning, but after a correction the cigar burns quite well. The ash is white, compact and firm as you can see on the pictures. The cigar is full flavored and medium/full bodied. There is hardly any build up of tar. It lasted me little over an hour.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, yes, yes, I want more. I bought 2 of those in a box split and promised the other cigar to a friend, but fortunately he got a box of his own so I have one left to smoke.

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

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