Cigar Review: PIO Torpedo

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Size: 6×52, Torpedo

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Unknown

Filler: Unknown

Strength: Medium-Full

Price: Bundle of 20, $92.99

Grade: 8.4

This cigar comes courtesy of Matt over at Tex Cigars. An unbanded Torpedo, this stick is produced by Alberto Medina, maker of the PIO line of cigars. This blend originated after Tex requested a cigar similar to the PIO Overture (1996). The blend is kept unnamed but the mystery filler is surrounded by an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Tex claims this cigar to be the best value on their website. You can learn more about this stick here.

So, on a nice Georgia night, let’s toast this foot.

Pre-light, 1.6:
Rustic is the first word that comes to mind on this Torpedoed smoke. It has some very prominent veins with a medium brown wrapper and yet the smoke is very appealing due to the unique texture of the wrapper. It has a decent weight but it is a bit spongy, especially at the foot.  The aroma is very clean with some sweetness and the cold draw follows this trend but with a heavy burst of spice through the nose.

Burn, 1.6:
This stick burned well, though there was a slight V that eventually corrected itself as the smoke progressed. Unfortunately, the draw was uncomfortably tight and the ash did not hold beyond one half inch. The Tex produced an adequate amount of smoke, especially for such a tight draw.

Flavor, 2.6:
This part of the review is going to be pretty short as this smoke did not possess any complexity.  It maintained a clean tobacco flavor profile with some pepper and sweetness throughout. It got a little sour towards the end but I attribute that to the tight draw. All in all, a pretty enjoyable flavor profile.

Overall, 2.6:
This is an average smoke at best—not great, but average. The price point of around $4.50 a stick helps the overall score as this Tex falls into the correct price range in my opinion. It was a nice consistent smoke but this one is not going to send you running to buy a bundle.

(Total: 8.4)

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