Cigar Review: Guaimaro Torpedo

Cigar Review: Guaimaro Torpedo

Guaumaro Cigars / Popsiech Inc
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres)
Binder: Brazil (Arapiraca Castaño)
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 54
Strength: Medium-full to full
Price: $8.75

Overall Rating: 8.9

Esteban Disla is the factory manager and co-owner of Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño, which has become famous for producing the cigars for RoMa Craft Tobac such as the Neanderthal and CroMagnon. Now Disla is producing a cigar of his own called the Guaimaro. The cigar derives its name from the nickname given to Disla by his mentor Serigo Cuevas. Despite the simple look of the Guaimaro, there is a good deal of flavor to this cigar which is a blend of Mexican, Brazilian, Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos.

Pre-Light: The Guaimaro Torpedo is an elegantly simple looking box-pressed cigar. A simple white paper band that features the cigar’s name stands out prominently against an extra dark Mexican San Andres wrapper. The toothy San Andres wrapper has a few noticeable medium sized veins.

To the wrapper of the Guaimaro there are scents of cocoa, leather and nuts. From the unlit foot of the cigar there is a strong chocolatey aroma that is reminiscent of a fudge brownie, while there leather and nut scents just behind it. The cold draw allows though flavors of sweet cocoa, nuts, and slight bit of spice.

Burn: The draw on the Guaimaro Torpedo is very easy (almost bordering on too easy), and allows through copious amounts of smoke. While the burn line itself is a bit wibbly wobbly, the cigar is mostly even burning. The ash clings to the end of the cigar for about a quarter of an inch before falling off without warning.

Flavor: The Guaimaro starts right off with cocoa and nuttiness with a bit of black pepper also  appearing in the flavor profile. Most of the first third continues with the cocoa, nuts and black pepper. As the first third begins to transition to the second third of the Guaimaro there is nice black coffee note that comes to the foreground of the flavor profile, all the while cocoa, roasted nuts, black pepper and a small amount of spice appear in the background. The coffee and cocoa blend together to create a pleasing effect. For a brief moment, at the halfway point of the Guaimaro Torpedo, there is a flavor similar to that of rich maple syrup, that disappears almost after a few puffs. On the retrohale there is a good deal of chocolate, with almost no pepper at all to it. During the transition to the final third of the cigar, the cocoa flavor becomes more chocolatey which, when mixed with the roasted nut flavor, is similar to a chocolate brownie. There is a lingering pepper on the tongue, which mellows significantly near the very end of the cigar.

Overall: The Guaimaro may be a simple looking cigar, but do not let the simplicity of the cigar’s look fool you. The Guaimaro is a very good medium-full bodied cigar. There’s a good deal of chocolate, coffee and nut flavors to the cigar’s flavor profile. The somewhat too easy draw and uneven burn are the only real downsides to this otherwise great cigar. This is another great cigar coming from Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño in Nicaragua. Personally, I really enjoyed the Guaimaro, and hope that the cigar’s simple look doesn’t cause people to overlook it on store shelves. Fans of medium-full to full bodied cigars coming from NicaSueño such as those from RoMa Craft Tobac should certainly find the Guaimaro to their tastes. This is a cigar that should age quite well, and I’m interest to try it with a little bit of age on it. I’d definitely recommend giving the Guaimaro a try.

Pairing: The Guaimaro pairs nicely with a glass of red wine. I personally enjoy pairing this cigar with a Balvenie 12 Double Wood or Glenfarclas 12. Though the Guaimaro pairs well with a variety of beverages, peaty single malts do distract somewhat from the cigar’s flavor profile.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)