This 6×52 torpedo stick features a mottled dark chocolate wrapper with small veins, tight invisible seams, a slightly toothy satin feel and a rich, oily, musty tobacco aroma. First light reveals a medium bodied wood flavor, airy and parched but with an oily mouthfeel on the finish. Draw is on the snug side with good smoke output. The first third brings flavors of an oily nut and wood, with the same long finish. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors transition slightly to an oily nut and deep wet earth with a bit of a strength kick. Ending at 1:20 minutes, the last third only added a bit of warm licorice flavor at times, and added to the strength.
This 5×60 stick offers a deep brown wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a soft velvety feel and a very firm solid pack with an oily tobacco aroma. First light shows a tight draw with minimal smoke output, smooth oily tobacco flavors and a long tobacco finish. The first third brings a better draw with good smoke output. Flavors are a medium bodied smooth oily creamy textured slightly sweet earth with the same on the long finish. The 2nd third changes slightly morphing the tobacco flavor to a soft leather but on the light side. Ending at 1:25 the last third showed little change, just getting deeper in the aftertaste. Thank you to DiFazioCigars.com for providing this sample for review!
This 5.5×52 torpedo shaped Connecticut stick offers a very soft medium tan wrapper wit minimal veins, tight seams and a slightly sweet soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, great smoke output, on the tick side. Flavors are a mild-medium slightly sweet and dry tobacco with a creamy texture. The first third shows smooth flavors of a creamy cinnamon with a bit of leather. The finish is mild but long lasting to the next draw with a dry tobacco taste. Burn is almost razor sharp, draw is still perfect and the smoke is rich and thick. The 2nd third shows a bigger medium body flavor of predominantly a wood, going a bit deeper but still carrying the 1st third flavors. 35 min in at the start of the last third, it transitions back to the same creamy cinnamon as the start, but keeps the bigger medium body. Near the end of the stick I noticed a strange sensation on my tongue that turned out to be huge amounts of tar coming through the tip. I wiped it off and was careful not to lick it for the remainder of the cigar. Ending at 45 min the last third showed no further flavor changes. Thank you very much to Holts.com for generously sending this for review!
This 6×52 dark chocolate stick offers thick and stiff construction with minimal veins, invisible seams, a rich oily wrapper and a soft sweet tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very snug almost unsmokeable draw, minimal smoke output and medium bodied flavors of a very earthy black pepper with a deep finish. Rolling the stick gently I loosened up a bit of a plug near the band which opened the draw significantly. Still on the firm side it smokes fine with good output giving medium body flavors of a rich, oily and creamy earthy chocolate with black pepper especially on the long finish. 30 minutes in at the start of the 2nd third, flavors added a bit more chocolate and a touch of sweetness. This stick likes 2 quicker puffs rather than a long slow draw to keep the thick wrapper burning normally. 55 min in at the 1/2 way point flavors changed to a deep earthy oily coffee, with a good bit of strength kick to it, yet only medium body flavors. I’m surprised how slowly it’s burning considering how often it needs to be drawn. Ending at 1:30 where it began to get too warm for my taste, the last third transitioned to just a deep earthy tobacco with a very heavy aftertaste. Strength was near full certainly much more strength than body flavor. A big thank you goes out to viewer Jonathan Novatt for sending in this fine sample for review!
This 6×50 stick offers a light tan wrapper with a very soft smooth feel, small veins, tight seams, a soft spongy give and a soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals a great draw, decent smoke output and a medium bodied flavor of a dry tobacco with creamy smoke. The first third is a bit on the plain side but smooth and well blended, giving a creamy wood flavor with a bit of pepper. The finish is short and clean, just leaving a touch of zing. The 2nd third starts at the 20 min mark with the ash falling in one big chunk. Flavors shift from the wood to a light creamy leather while construction remains perfect. Ending at the 1 hour mark where it began to get very warm, the last third showed no changes, just the same great flavors and performance as the 2nd. Thank you very much to The Tobacco Depot in Crystal River, FL for providing this sample!
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!
This 6×54 torpedo stick offers a dark chocolate wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a firm even pack and a sweet chocolate and hay aroma. First light reveals a very snug draw with minimal smoke output. Flavors are medium bodied with a sweet oily tobacco taste, a rich oily mouthfeel and a pepper and spice finish. The first third develops to an oily sweet smooth caramel as the main flavor with a smooth soft tobacco lingering along side. The finish still has a bit of pepper and spice but not very strong, and it’s short and clean. Body is medium at best, smoke output increased a little and the draw is firm but it’s burning just fine. The 2nd third develops more of a smooth sweet earth flavor, losing the caramel. Smoke output increased again slightly, and the finish has a bit more pepper. 45 min in near the band point the draw opened up and flavors transitioned to a caramel and butterscotch coffee, really a delicious combo! Body is still medium, smoke output is voluminous and the burn is perfect. Ending at 1:10 the final third was the same from the last change. Thank you very much to Art District Cigars for generously providing this sample for review!
This is an all-metal lighter from Promise featuring a natural flame that exits the side, also useful for pipes. It is by no means a high quality unit but is extremely inexpensive. The body is on the small side, and those with large hands such as myself will find it a bit uncomfortable to use for more than 10 seconds at a time. I consider units such as this great alternatives to disposables or ultra cheap plastic units found at little stores. As tested, the flame in this unit lasted 3:15 of usable flame. Thank you very much to buylighters.com for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it! Photography by bgpictures.com
This is a three blade scissor design that used hinged aperture blades to evenly cut the cigar cap from three sides simultaneously with one scissor action. The unit is aluminum and stainless steel with exceptional construction. The blades are razor sharp, the tolerances and finish impeccable. For those that prefer the rigor of cutting their cigars with scissors this may be something you really enjoy using! For those not used to scissors you might find the cuts to be a bit on the ragged side compared to a guillotine. No matter your personal taste in cutter design, this is an inexpensive unit that is sure to cause discussion whenever you bring it out! Thank you very much to Dos Caballos Cigars for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it! Photography by bgpictures.com
This is an inexpensive metal lighter from Jobon, a Chinese company. It features both a natural butane and jet torch flame in one unit, plus a flip out cigar punch on the bottom. It is marketed both to cigar and pipe smokers, with a little pipe cutout design on the side. It comes with a small carry pouch and features an adjustment screw under the punch on the bottom of the unit. Burn time for the natural flame was 4:00 while the torch lasted 3:45. Thank you very much to Buy Lighters.com for sending this unit for review! Photography by bgpictures.com
The Xikar Xi1 series of guillotine cutters offer exceptional performance in a well constructed lightweight package. Featuring dozens of colors and designs, these cutters are well machined to hold firmly in the hand offering easy one-handed operation via spring loaded side blades hinged at the bottom. A flick of the center lever open the blades and the stainless steel blades snip any cigar with precision. Xikar offers a lifetime warranty on this series, and I have used mine for year with trouble-free service. Check out the wide range of designs on their site: Xikar. Photography by BG Pictures.
EDIT: I mistakenly called these Xi3 in the video, they are the Xi1 series. The difference is primarily the lever detail from a bar to a knob.
This 6.5×54 box pressed stick offers a smooth dark brown wrapper with a slight red hue, invisible veins and seams, a tight box press and a peppery aroma. First light reveals a mild dry tobacco and hint of sweetness with minimal smoke production and a draw on the firm side. Quickly in to the first third the draw open up, the burn is perfect all the way so far and the flavors mellow to a medium bodied creamy leather with a slight earthiness. 50 min in almost to the last third, the body and strength kick way up pushing full! The overall flavors are the same although the creaminess is gone replaced by a much deeper earth, and a long finish of pepper and slight spice. Ending at 1:20 min the last third proved to be the same from the 1/2 way point.
This stick appears to be a 7×48 with a dark brown slightly toothy rugged wrapper. Seams are good, veins are minimal and it puts off a smooth sweet aroma. First light reveals a very good draw on the loose side, plenty of medium bodied smooth smoke and a creamy smooth sweet tobacco taste with a long finish. Those flavors lasted all through the first third, changing to include a rich creamy textured coffee by the half way point 45 min in. The smoke absolutely pours out delivering oily creamy flavor through the long finish. The burn is excellent, almost razor sharp, but the ash only holds on for 1/2 inch at a time so you have to watch it. Ending the stick with 1 1/2 inches left because it got very hot, flavors continued unchanged to the end. Thank you very much to Joe a.k.a. CSMoFo for sending this for review! These are sold at a few stores around Miami and are available direct from the manufacturer: (305) 642-8219