Despite the overwhelming popularity of sizes such as the Robusto and Corona, 1998 is considered to be the year of the Torpedo by many industry insiders. Torpedos, pyramids, and belicosos are rapidly becoming some of the most popular cigars on the market. Their thick ring gauge allows for complex blends, while their tapered ends make them easier to smoke. Ultimately the overall impression of these sizes is high considering the extra attention these shapes require. Proof of their attention can be seen in the April 1998 issue of Cigar Aficionado Magazine. Sixteen non-Cuban manufacturers of torpedos, pyramids, and belicosos received ratings of 89 and up. This is not mentioning the fact that, of the 126 total tasting scores, 65% rated 85 or higher. For comparison, a recent tasting of 125 Lonsdales produced only 3 non-Cuban manufactures with a rating of 89 and up. This figurado shape also highlights a new aspect of the cigar business: most manufacturers see this size as their benchmark cigar, and are putting some of their best tobacco into them.
In our never-ending effort to stay current and give you the best of the best weve included 2 of the top rated pyramids in the world. The first one comes from Baccarat. The Baccarat line which depicts the face of some playing cards on the label, was formally introduced in 1978, but actually dates back to 1871 when it was supervised by Carl Upmann. The Baccarat cigar received its initial popularity from its mild body and sweetness attributed to a special sealing gum used in the cigars cap. Today, however, we believe the cigar has become truer to its name. The sophistication and high stakes of the Baccarat card game are exemplified in this months Baccarat Polo. Maintaining a mild body, the Polo produces "excellent" flavors. It is also is ranked in the top 20 group of highest rated pyramids.
Our second feature comes from the world renowned humidor manufacturer CREDO. There must be something about all these humidor companies wanting to make a cigar. Unlike Daniel Marshall, most of CREDOs cigar are crap considering the exorbitant price tag. BUT, if youre noticing only one cigar in the bunch, its probably the CREDO Ligas Churchill. Actually it could be any one of this months unique looking cigars, like the Dos Rios torpedo in your bag, but we will come to that cigar next. This CREDO Ligas gets 5 stars for aesthetics alone. This exquisite looking cigar is virtually extinct in the market place. In fact, most people will never see this cigar in their entire lives outside of this club. Their quantities are far too small for the general cigar marketplace, and even the finest cigar shops find it near impossible to get. Featuring a Jamastran wrapper the CREDO Ligas starts off mild but really packs a wallop of flavor in the end. A quick note regarding this cigars lack of a rating. Cigar Aficionado Magazines buys their cigars for sampling most often from retail stores around the country. Proof of their scarcity. Finally CREDO has produced a truly magnificent cigar. Get them while you can.
So about the big red torpedo. The truth is, even we were a little take aback by its looks. I was given a sample to try and loved it. I did keep checking to see if the color would rub off on my fingers like a pistachio nut but, it does not. The overall tally on this cigar was an overwhelming thumbs up. Dos Rios comes from the same manufacturers of the Tobacos San Jose. Produced in Nicaragua, the Dos Rios flavor is most similar to the famous Cuban Montecristo No. 2. In fact, it got the same rating of 89 in Cigar Aficionados April 1998 issueand a 91 Rating in Cigar Insider Magazine. This is yet another exquisite example of the complex blends produced by this shape.
Speaking of Cuban cigars, the trouble with them is theyre hard to get, and their expensive. If you do get your hands on some you generally have to save them for a special occasion. Fortunately the manufactures of Lone Wolf Cigars have solved this problem. Interestingly enough, the proprietors of Lone Wolf are martial artist Chuck Norris and movie star James Belushi. Theyve introduced three unique lines all from the Dominican Republic. This month we present a cigar from Jim and Chucks most celebrated Vintage Series line. The Lone Wolf Vintage Series Corona just received an 88 rating in Cigar Aficionado. It offers solid virtual-Cuban flavors for under $5 per cigar. Now thats quality and a price that cant be beat.
Our final selection comes from the world renowned family, Davidoff of Geneva. The subtlety of Davidoff combined with the finest Honduran tobaccos and a Connecticut shade wrapper is expressed in this months 89 rated Zino Mouton Cadet No. 1. The Mouton-Cadet series was originally selected for Baronne Philippine de Rothschild for its rich aroma and mild taste. Its addition to our line up is a real "catch." Normally retailing in the upward range of $200 you will want to make sure you grab some of these at our exceptional club price. The Mouton Cadet No. 1 cigar has been exclusively allocated for club members until September 15, 1998. After this time it will be available to the public. Grab em before theyre all gone.