October 06, 2013

Allure Connecticut Torpedo (6 x 52)


Video review HERE.

Allure Cigars are handmade in Nicaragua by JD Cigars. The Connecticut wrapper is grown in Ecuador. The binder and filler are Nicaraguan from Jalapa Valley, Condega, and Esteli.

The cigar is well made with no veins and finished with a very pointy cap.

The cigar has nice density. Here is the foot.

I took the minimum from the cap and gave it a test draw. It was a little firm but I decided to go with it. The prelight draw had creamy flavors. The initial flavors after lightup were lightly sweet cedar with a lot of cream notes. The pepper is rated at a 6 and tastes like a white pepper. The cigar is very mild at this point. The finish has not taken off yet but it has lightly sweet cream notes with very little lingering pepper.

3/4" in I notice that the best way to get the cream notes is to retrohale. There is still lightly sweet cedar with cream and a lot of earth notes. The finish is more of an oaky cream. There is still just a little bit of lingering pepper. The finish is somewhat sweet but not overly so.

The ash is about 1 1/2 inches long and still intact! Impressive. There is one flavor addition; cocoa. There are now cocoa notes with the cedar. The cream notes have gone away and in their place is cocoa. The cigar is still very mild.

I decided to see how long I could get the ash. In this pic it is just shy of 2".

Well, that was it. 2 inches was the longest the ash got before it fell off (in the ashtray). There is a lot more sweetness in the cedar and cocoa now. There are also nutty flavors. I can't really nail down what type of nut but there are nutty flavors mixed into the earthiness. The cigar seems to be a tick above mild now. Call it mild to medium.

With about 2 1/2 inches remaining the flavor mix is the best the cigar has had so far. You can pinpoint all the flavors now; sweet cedar, cocoa, nuttiness of a pistachio or cashew, and the pepper is between a 6 and 7. The finish is also better. It's a mix of oak and cream with sweetness and more lingering pepper. The cigar is now medium bodied.

The flavors stayed consistent to the end. The cigar took 1 hour 20 minutes to smoke. The cigar was uneventful until the cocoa notes appeared. Then the cigar took off. The cigar wound up medium bodied. The finish is the one thing that improved over the course of the cigar. It is now a nice sweet cream with nutty flavors. A nice mild to medium cigar.

Score: 88

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