Cigar.com Corojo Label Torpedo
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This is a first here at The Box Press. I’ve reviewed plenty of cheap smokes, bundle smokes and house blends. But I’ve never slummed quite like this — a mixed-fill or “sandwich” cigar.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Mixed-filler cigars are the potted meat of the stogie universe. They burn like lit fuses, but don’t taste as good. I, too, used to avoid them like broke relatives. But two smokes in particular have reminded me to never say never — the short-fill Cuban Fonseca and the mixed-fill Corojo Label by Cigar.com.
The Corojo Label is a 2007 addition to Cigar.com’s line of mixed-fill house blends. (No, I haven’t tried any of the other blends, though the reviews are pretty awful.) What made this one worthy of a blind purchase is that it’s made by Don Pepin Garcia in Nicaragua. That, and it was insanely cheap. I can’t recall the exact deal, but there was an e-coupon involved, getting the price down to two bones per stick.
So here we have a DPG “yard gar” made with table cuttings from Garcia’s many premium smokes, surrounded by long fill, binder of unknown origin (though Nicaraguan is a safe bet) and topped with a Nicaraguan corojo wrapper.
The 6″ x 52 Torp doesn’t look like a $2.00 stick. The wrapper has thicker veins than I’m used to seeing from a DPG product, but it’s evenly hued with a light oily sheen. The prelight draw gives away the short fill content, as you’ll immediately get a few bits of tobacco in your mouth. After that, however, it’s easy to forget you’re smoking a cheapie.
The flavor profile is immediately identifiable as DPG. It reminds me of the CI Legends Yellow or the first half of a Padilla Achilles 2006. Cigar.com’s sales pitch describes it as a “full-bodied powerhouse.” Not exactly. It’s more in the mild-medium range, but full of leather, earth, wood and vanilla flavors. There are also faint papery notes, but not enough to distract. Typical of a DPG, the finish has a dry texture.
Since the tobacco content is the same as that of a premium, the only pitfall to sandwich smokes is the draw and burn. No such problems here. The draw is spot on and cool. The ash is crumbly, which is to be expected. The burn, while quick, is generally even. You can get through one of these in little more than robusto time, which for me is 45 minutes.
The flavor doesn’t evolve or develop the richness of the comparable smokes listed above. It turns slightly earthier as smoked, but it’s mostly status quo throughout. In a good way.
CONCLUSION: I don’t grade on a curve, but I do weigh value. So while the Corojo Label Torpedo is a sandwich stick with limitations (in this case, lack of depth and a quick burn), it’s a nice smoke for the money. It pairs well with morning coffee and has no serious build issues. I’ve smoked ten and haven’t had a dud yet. If you like Don Pepin’s milder blends, this one’s perfect for walking the pooch or mowing the lawn.