Sunday, August 10, 2008

Black Pearl Morado (torpedo)


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The Black Pearl Morado line of cigars was created to commemorate La Perla Habana's ten years in the cigar business. The blend was created by Cuban born Rafael Guerra and is composed of an African Cameroon wrapper, Nicaraguan Habano binder and Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos. The cigars are hand made in the Torano family factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. There is a limited supply of these cigars due to the scarcity of it's featured Cameroon wrapper and is available in three shapes: the robusto (4.75" x 52), toro (6x50) and torpedo (6.52x 52).


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I was only able to find these cigars on-line at Atlantic Cigar for $36 for 5 or $118.95 for 20. I would say that this is a great bargain cigar but because I had issues with some plugged cigars I'm leery of making that recommendation. (As a side note: I personally find that my cigars do better in my humidor without the cellophane wrapper although I have heard that it doesn't matter. After receiving these cigars I chose to leave the cellophane on to preserve it's rich flavor but when I unwrapped them weeks later I found that they seemed to be a little dry. ) Surprisingly, three out of the five cigars that I received were plugged or had a very difficult draw. I did try using draw correction tools on them but they still were very tight. It was very frustrating because I really enjoyed the flavors emanating from what little smoke I could get out of them.


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Compared to the regal packaging of cedar sleeve with purple satin ribbon on the foot of each cigar, the overall look of the naked cigar was really unimpressive. If I was sleeping with this cigar I would definitely ask to have the lights turned out. The wrapper was dry looking with two small cracks located in the last third of the cigar. It's Colorado Maduro in color with fine veins making it feel smooth to the touch. The caps on these cigars were just lousy. I had two that had either a large vein or a sharp crease at the head of the cigar which felt really annoying. Even though this cigar had flavors that I liked, the shoddy construction really distracted me from enjoying it. The cigar felt firm but not packed. I did locate some soft spots. The cigar clipped easily in one piece with my cutter and the pre-light draw indicated fragrant sweet tobacco.


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Initial flavors were really nice. Right off the bat you get a rich burnt coffee taste. Then immediately in the second puff you get noticeable creaminess. Roasted nuts and vanilla spice round out it's flavor profile in the first third. If you lick your lips after exhaling you can detect a noticeable sweetness. In fact I found the finish to be coated in molasses. Eventually, the cigar begins to build in flavor strength as you get to the mid-point. The coffee and creaminess is still there but hints of cedar and leather begin to make their presence and the finish changes to licorice. The cigar still remains smooth and balanced. The final third of the cigar is a very "nubbable" rich aged tobacco flavor that must contain crack because you just want to keep drawing on it even though your lips are starting to burn.


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I'm probably going to order another five of this brand but maybe in the robusto size instead. Hopefully that would mean less chances of a plugged cigar since it seemed the plug was more towards the tapered end of the torpedo (yes, I did try clipping more generously). All of the sizes rated well in Cigar Aficianado so I'm sure I won't be disappointed in the flavor.


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As a final note, "morado" means purple in Spanish and represents royalty. In the case of the torpedo, I would curtsy to the distinguished flavors of this cigar but not it's construction. If I have to throw away one more plugged cigar there will definitely be a revolt!

1 comment:

Joe Harker said...

Very nice, honest review. Thanks! I think I'll pick some of these up in toro size instead of my normal torpedo.