|La Palina El Diario Torpedo|
I know I just reviewed the Robusto vitola of this line, but when I was sent the Torpedo vitola in the mail by La Palina Cigars I could not contain myself, and I had to review it. I put them in one of my humidors like two weeks ago, but when I opened it up today and saw them I had to smoke them. If you pay attention to my site then you know how much I love the El Diario line by how well it does in my ratings, and you would also know how much I enjoy and love La Palina Cigars as a whole. I think they are making some of the best cigars on the market in their two lines, and every single one of them has been fabulous. I actually placed the La Palina El Diario Gordo in my Top 10 of 2011, and it came in at number nice with 95 points. I recently rated the La Palina El Diario Robusto in at 94, and that is automatically in the Top 25 running for this year. I am positive in the fact that the La Palina El Diario will make another appearance in the Top 25 Cigars of 2012, they are just that good!
Anyways, onto the cigar. The Torpedo is a great vitola in the line, with a wonderful tapered head and measures 6.125″ with a 52 ring gauge. The cigar is made at the Raices Cubanas Factory in Honduras, and like all the cigar there, it is rolled in the Cuban fashion. The cigar begins with a wrapper from Honduras that is a Corojo ’99 Rosado leaf, and has two binders that are Honduran Criollo ’98. I am a big fan of Criollo tobacco, and the binders will offer a nice bit of toasty and nutty spice to the rich Corojo flavors from the wrapper and filler. The filler is composed of Nicaraguan tobacco that is Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98. I have talked about the history of La Palina before, and I know I have mentioned that El Diario is Spanish for “the daily,” so I am just going to go straight into the review.
The wrappers for every vitola have been identical, and they are chocolate brown in coloring. They are slightly marbled from dark to lighter with bits of dark red as well. The cigar falls into the Colorado Maduro/Colorado Rosado coloring range I would say, and the cigar is very firm in hand. I am getting wonderful aromas of cocoa, rich earth, leather, barnyard, coffee and spice from the wrapper and foot, and it is reminding me of all the other wonderful El Diarios I have smoked. These cigars really capture those wonderful aromas I love in a cigar, and I cut the head and begin the great smoke.
|Honduran Corojo ’99 Rosado Wrapper|
The cigar begins like all El Diario’s, showing great flavors of coffee, wood, leather and stone fruits. There is some cocoa with those flavors, and it has a sweet spicy finish. The cigar is very balanced and complex, and it has a wonderful finish. The strength of the cigar is around a medium-full, and like all of these cigars, the strength is hidden by the wonderful flavors. The cigar is burning wonderfully, and it is leaving an ash that is light gray in coloring. I am getting a great amount of smoke from the cigar, and it is perfect for smoke rings. When I get into the second third of the cigar I am beginning to see a big change in the flavor profile. There is a rise in nutty notes, along with toast and leather. There are still some stone fruit flavors present, but that cocoa and coffee notes have faded. This has been a wonderful change from the first third, and the cigar is very complex. I felt the strength of this third was a little less than the first third, and I would classify it as being medium in strength. The cigar burned slightly wavy in this third, but nothing too major, and I was still left with a wonderful light fray ash on the cigar.
In the final third of the cigar, and I find another change in the dominant flavors of the cigar. The final third shows a lot of wood notes up front, along with toasty, coffee and nutty notes. There is still some leather present, and a faint finish of cocoa and stone fruits, but very little spices. It had a dryer finish than a rich finish that I got in the first third, but still very pleasant. The change in flavor profile was very enjoyable, and overall this cigar was great. The strength finished around medium for me, and the burn line in this third was perfect. The ash was still as sturdy as it has been throughout, and left a light gray color. It had a cool draw down to the end, and this cigar was constructed wonderfully.
I really loved the Torpedo vitola, and I am now struggling to see which vitola is my favorite. I think more often than not I would grab a Robusto, but the Torpedo and Gordo vitola are just as great. I actually think the Torpedo is better than the Robusto, and that is why I am giving this cigar 95 points. The cigar really showed all those great complex flavors that you want in a cigar, and remained fairly medium throughout. The cigar in terms of construction was amazing, and I have found that to be the case with all the cigars in this line. The flavors changed more in this cigar than the Robusto and Gordo vitola, but it still captured those wonderful flavors that El Diarios are known for. I honestly do not think you can do better than this line when it comes to any factor when purchasing a cigar. I have had four out of the five vitolas, and each have been fabulous, true La Palina Cigars.
*Cigars gifted to me by La Palina Cigars