March 01, 2014

Cuban Crafters Medina 1959 Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(from the Cuban Crafters website)

Havana Cigars from the pre-Castro era have been recreated in the Medina 1959 Miami Limited Edition cigar. The Torpedos are hand made at the Cuban Crafters Miami cigar factory by one of the world's most talented Cuban cigar roller. Medina 1959 Miami Limited Edition Torpedo have that special and elegant taste that only pre-1959 Havana cigars had. That's because they are made under the watchful eye of Manuel Medina, a legend in the history of Cuban cigars. From the dry Cuban-seed tobacco bunching to the precise blending of different tobacco leaves, this cigar yells quality and elegance. While it's beautiful to look it, it's even better to smoke. For the complete story on the Medina 1959 torpedo go HERE.

The Cuban-seed Habano long-filler and binder are aged for 6 years and the super-premium Cuban-seed wrapper is aged for at least 5 years.

The cigar is very well made. It has a reddish brown wrapper. This is a great looking torpedo. Here is a shot of the foot.

The initial flavors at light up were a tangerine citrus, cream, dry wood, red and black pepper. That's an interesting pepper mix. Although I do not know the origin of the tobaccos I am getting a Nicaraguan flavor.

About 1 inch in the flavors are about like previously stated. You can add in a little coffee as a base. The cream notes take a little of the edge off the citrus notes. The red pepper is very appealing. The finish is a toasted cream with some lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The ash has more dark notes than light ones.

Close to 2 inches in the sweetness has picked up. There are now nutmeg notes which make me more convinced this is Nicaraguan tobacco. The dry wood has become subtle now. The finish is a sweeter cream with some toasted notes. 

At the band the wood notes are back. Everything else is about the same. The cigar continues to be medium bodied.

The cigar ended at medium bodied. This has been a very good cigar that I could smoke every day. I enjoyed the citrus, nutmeg, coffee, and wood notes. The red and black pepper was a nice surprise. These cigars are around $10 apiece but you can get the unbanded version which they call "fresh from the rollers table" for $5 each. I suggest you try them. They are definitely worth Cuban Crafters calling them their premium line. Very good cigar.

Score: 91


Unknown said...

I'm burning one today on my back porch I agree with most his comments don't quite get the black pepper, beautiful wood and cedar a little citrus is nice and a tad of coffee the first inch

andre guionnaud said...

Thanks Tim for a great review of this stick. It has been sitting in my humidor for a few years.