Torpedo, 6 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown Habano
|Cigar age||1 yr. 10.4 mo.|
BACKGROUND: This postscript review is on the Chinnock Cellars Terroir. I first featured the Terroir in Episode 314 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Saturday, April 28, 2012. These cigars have been resting for a total of 1 year, 10 months and 13 days and I pulled out my last couple of samples for this review.
The Terroir was made for wine producer Brian Chinnock and is a one-cigar-line that draws attention to the unique characteristics of the terroir or, soil. It is the soil that provides the flavor characteristics of the grapes, which becomes the essence of the fine wine made from those grapes.
As with wine, tobacco growing is also dependent on the quality of the soil to produce the best results. Each tobacco growing region has it's own special terroir, which lends its signature components to the tobacco.
The Chinnock Cellars Terroir incorporates tobacco leaves from several different regions to create a balance of the best qualities of each region.
For the filler blend, Chinnock uses Seco leaf from the Dominican Republic and combines it with Viso leaf from Nicaragua. A double Volado leaf binder from Nicaragua is used for its combustion qualities and the cigar is then capped with a Sun Grown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
All Chinnock cigars have been blended specifically to go with the luscious Chinnock Cellars Napa wines and the cigars are boxed in very special “Barrel” boxes, which resemble a wine barrel.
The cigar I'm reviewing today is the Chinnock Cellars Limited Edition Terroir 6-inch by 52 ring gauge Torpedo.
TASTING NOTES: The Terroir is a light to medium-bodied cigar that is easy to smoke, with no bitterness or nasty aftertaste. Light wood notes gently caressed my palate and the retrohale added the sweetness of aged rum and a pleasant hint of vanilla.
A year ago, this same cigar exuded a grassy bite similar to the hoppy bite you will get in some beers. In fact, I said, at that time, that, "the finish left a raw walnut aftertaste on my palate." The extra year of age has eliminated the bite and instead the cigar showed better balance and a smooth nutty finish.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half, two small tunnels caused the burn to go awry, but that was short lived and the burn straightened out quickly.
The Chinnock Cellars Terroir Torpedo is a fine smoke and one that would appeal to a wide range of cigar smokers. And, given its performance the second time around, I would say that this cigar will show its best stuff between 1-3 years of age.
At $9.50 per stick, some might shy away from this cigar, but I recommend you purchase a few to keep on hand to enjoy with your favorite bottle of red wine.
I moved these sticks from a home made desktop humidor to my Daniel Marshall 165 desktop humidor. The conditions inside the DM have been sporadic and the cigar seemed a bit wet when I pulled the samples out for this review. So, I dry boxed each of the samples for 1-day prior to each sampling.
These cigars have been resting for 1 year, 10 months and 13 days prior to this second, and final, postscript review.
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