April 29, 2017

Serino Royale Connecticut Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Serino Cigar Company has announced it has entered the premium cigar market segment. The company has announced it is releasing four blends under its Serino Royale line. The company will be partnering with a familiar name in the cigar industry, Omar González Alemán of La Corona Cigars S.A. to produce the cigars. Plans are to officially launch Serino Royale at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show this July in Las Vegas.

Serino is run by Tony Serino, who serves as President of APS Distributors and Serino Cigar Company. The launch of Serino Royale is a culmination of a 20 year effort. Originally Serino and his team were involved with importing and selling “daily smoke” bundles cigars. By learning and building relationships, he soon was involved with producing premium boxed cigars.

In a press release, the company explained why they selected González, “To justify the investment and production of a super premium blend requires a partner that not only has the blending talent but also total control of the production from sowing the seeds to banding and boxing the blends. We have finally found that partner which offers us vertical integration.”

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Conenecticut
Binder: Jalapa, Nicaragua
Filler: Jalapa, Nicaragua; Esteli, Nicaragua
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (La Corona SA)

Churchill: 7 x 50
Toro: 6 x 52
Gordo: 6 x 60
Torpedo: 6 1/8 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY

The cigar is beautiful to look at with the double bands; one main band and one at the foot. The bands are classy and the paper stock is very thick. The cigar has a dense feel in the hand.

After taking only a quarter inch off the torpedo cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors were a very sweet pink grapefruit, brown sugar, and cream. There was  black pepper which I rated at an 8. 

About 1 1/2 inches in (28 minutes) there are black coffee notes emerging at the base. The cream is starting to taste thicker and more like a white chocolate. The pink grapefruit and brown sugar are still quite nice. The finish is a thick cream with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is mild to medium in strength. 

At, or just past the midpoint (52 minutes) the flavor notes are still intact but now there is a touch of butter on the white chocolate; not a massive amount but it is noticeable. The pepper remains very good and there is still black coffee at the base. The finish is still a thick, sweet cream and now there is the addition of sunflower seeds. The lingering black pepper remains good. The cigar is still mild to medium bodied. 

The cigar ended (1 hour 18 minutes) with the flavors much like they were throughout the entire cigar except there are some of the sunflower seed notes filtering over to the front end. The finish was unchanged. I really enjoyed the pink grapefruit notes. They combined very nicely with the brown sugar and white chocolate. When the white chocolate got some buttery notes it made it very nice. Even though the cigar was mild to medium for the most part it was very tasty. In the final couple inches it reached medium bodied. This is a Connecticut that you must try. Smoke it with a clean palate and you should get the same flavors. I had a red delicious apple prior to doing the review, just as I do before most reviews. Try it, it really works. Put this cigar on your must try list.

Score: 92

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