Cheap Stick Shootout: Big Dog Pitbull Connecticut Torpedo vs. Timbuctoo Maduro Toro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, March 9, 2011
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Cheap Stick Shootout: Big Dog Pitbull Connecticut Torpedo vs. Timbuctoo Maduro Toro

Big Dog Pitbull Connecticut Torpedo

This 5×58 torpedo stick offers a medium tan wrapper with small veins, splotches and discolorations, a bit of a rough looking and applied cap/head, a soft satin feel and a barnyard aroma. First light reveals a very good draw and smoke production, with medium bodied flavors of an oily deep wood. The first third develops to a mild woody flavor thats on the creamy and oily side, with a great draw and ok burn. Ending at 45 min, the whole stick was a good performer but had zero transitions.

Timbuctoo Maduro Toro

This 6×50 stick offers an oily dark chocolate wrapper with a sandy firm feel, minimal veins, tight seams and a rich barnyard aroma. First light reveals a very good draw and smoke production, with medium body flavors of a fresh cut grass, very vegetable like if that makes any sense. Not very pleasant to say the least. The first third develops to an extremely mild flavor of undercooked corn. Draw is perfect, smoke production is great and the finish is very short and clean. 20 min utes in, the stick stopped producing smoke and flavor, although it was still burning. The wrapper had gone almost hard as a rock, so I opened it up to find the insides burning but putting off a terrible stench. I ended the stick there obviously.

Thank you very much to YouTube viewer Ring088 for generously sending these in for the shootout!

  • Mike

    That was the most entertaining review I have seen! Thanks!

  • Doug O

    Yeah that was funny. Burning poop that was great.

  • Tim S

    “For a buck a stick, save your buck.” Classic.

    I’ve completely given up on Thompson, most of the sticks I’ve gotten from them don’t burn well and have been a very difficult draw.

  • JohnG

    I am sorry that you subjected yourself to such torture. I do appreciate the message Bryan.

  • TriMarkC

    Thanks for taking one (or two) for the team! Like Tim S, I’ve given up on Thompson – everything is always dried up or has some other major issue. Just not worth it!

  • dgrambo

    Sooo.. that was “no” on the Timbuctoo ? (LoL) Hilarious!

  • Rich

    so apparently that was the rare manure-duro wrapper…nice..very nice,

  • JJO

    Now that’s entertainment! I’ve never seen anyone else rip open a cigar on camera. You have to wonder if anyone at these vendors have actually smoked their product. Otherwise, it must be a big shrug of the shoulders and, “eh, someone will be cheap enough to buy it”. Sadly, they take away from the manufacturers who actually do make a good budget minded smoke, and confuse the customer base. Thompson may be one of the bigger offenders, but others are guilty as well.

  • cubalibre4evr

    I’ve never been a fan of Thompson House Blends and after watching this Bryan you’ve permamently cemented my view lol

  • Chris Homan

    I’ve smelled smoking manure before, so there’s absolutely no chance I’m picking up that Timbuctoo.

  • danlarsen7

    its half labador. thompson’s dog ate it’s stash and is following it around to get it back.

  • CrownP

    I tried a Thompson Ritz Square once, and it tasted the same way. I would stay away from these.

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