Torpedo, 6 x 52
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
|Cigar age||1 yr. 11.2 mo.|
BACKGROUND: The date April 19 (4-19) has a special significance to Juan Carlos Jimenez, owner of Juanito's Premium Cigarros. It was on that date in 1960 that he and his sister fled to Miami from Cuba to avoid the oppressive Castro government. Fifty years later, in 2010, he was determined to craft an extraordinary cigar to pay tribute to this most unforgettable day, which Jimenez now calls his "Freedom Day."
The cigar is appropriately named, the 4-19 and is made in the Dominican Republic. The cigar is constructed with filler tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The filler is bound in a Dominican Olor binder and the wrapper is an Ecuadorian Shade grown Connecticut.
TASTING NOTES: After plenty of aging in my humidor, the 4-19 started out spicy with notes of fresh hay, cloves and cinnamon. However, there was an odd, bitter aftertaste during the first inch that I couldn’t explain. It wasn’t part of the flavor profile in my first review. So, after tapping off the first time, I flame-purged the foot of the cigar. Sure enough, that freshened and sweetened the smoke. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the problem because, after the next few puffs, the bitterness returned. At that point, I decided to drop that cigar and light up a third sample for this review.
I took more care during this final cigar and when I lit up the cigar, I flame-purged it at the foot at the beginning, hoping to burn off the incompletely fermented tobacco and other byproducts that might be affecting the taste. To make a long story short, I had the same issues with all three cigars in this review. The flavors were spicy and there was a hint of sweetness, but I had to keep flame-purging the cigar to keep it from becoming bitter. I had to repeat that process every few puffs. A bad omen, as it turned out.
On the other hand, the performance was fine. The draw and burn were smooth and even, respectively and the ash was firm and consistent allowing me to drop off in neat 1-inch chunks. Clearly, the construction and burn were nearly ideal
FINAL THOUGHTS: The bottom line was that this cigar likely suffered from improperly fermented or aged tobacco. Which was a real shame because during the first review, the cigar displayed classic Connecticut Shade seed characteristics. It presented with flavors that were bright, lively and grassy on the palate, though I wouldn't call it complex.
The cigar was medium in body and strength and medium full in flavor and I believe it will appeal to a wide range of cigar smokers when young, but not with any significant age. The flavors, which were previously lively and distinct, with subtle sweetness, were replaced by a bitter aftertaste that dominated the palate.
Because of its attractive price point, I can recommend these smokes when still young, but I would not recommend them for the long haul. There are a good many types of Connecticut-shade-wrapped cigars that can also age gracefully. In my experience, the Juanito’s 4-19 is not one of them.
Final verdict: Try these smokes fresh, but don’t hold back for significant aging.
These cigars are being kept in their original cello and also inside a plastic cigar sack (open to humidor environment) inside my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The set-and-forget humidification system is set at 68%RH.
This is the second and final review of these cigars, which have been aging in my humidor for 1 year, 11 months, 1 day.
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