La Flor Dominicana had a couple tricks up their sleeves for the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando, Florida. Two of their new releases were the Oro Chisel (which I reviewed here) and the Limitado V (which I reviewed here). Along with their new releases La Flor Dominicana also added a line extension to one of their most popular lines, the Ligero Cabinet Oscuro. The new size is called a Torpedito, and comes in at 4 3/4 x 50, making it quite the tiny smoke, considering once you cut the torpedo tip, it will really only be almost a 4 1/4. La Flor Dominicana said that despite the Torpedito’s size it still “has the beautiful dark oily wrapper and full flavors that everyone has come to expect from this line”.
Size: 4 3/4 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra (Oscuro)
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The band on the Torpedito is the standard Ligero Cabinet Oscuro band, which is the updated LFD band that says LFD in the center in gold over a red background and below it La Flor Dominicana spelled out in white on black, and below that Ligero. Much like the Double Ligero line, the band on the Ligero line does not specify if it is the Cabinet Oscuro wrapper, or the natural Sumatra wrapper.
The Sumatran Cabinet Oscuro wrapper on the Torpedito is quite beautiful in color, a nice dark brown, close to dark chocolate. It has some moderate veins on it, which is true of many of La Flor Dominicana’s lines, and a nice rich oil (also standard for LFD). I am a bit worried about how small the vitola is, I’ve always enjoyed the larger LFD cigar since I find they display a better evolution while smoking. Also, the other issue that concerns me is that the Ligero in the L – Cabinet is the filler, and in the 50 ring gauge there is a bit less filler than in most of the L – Cabinet lines I normally smoke so the ratio to wrapper to filler to binder is significantly different.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper on the Torpedito has some nice deep earthy, woody notes with a hint of cocoa and a little sweetness. The foot has a scent which is a mix of spice, earth, sweet wood, and deep dried fruit. To prepare smoking the Torpedito I use a straight cut on the torpedo tip, which really does take off a lot of the size. On the cold draw there is a mix of hay, spice, dried fruit, and cocoa, this eases my concerns a bit since the cold draw is just as rich as I am use to on a LFD Ligero Cabinet. It just looks so small, and if it smokes like I am anticipating, it will certainly end too soon.
Smoking Characteristics: The Torpedito opens up with a nice mix of spices and pepper, a little hay, earth, and molasses. You can really taste the power off the first few draws, but the initial pepper blast begins to fade quickly and the flavors start to even out. The dried fruit and cocoa join the blend as the pepper is subsiding. The blend of flavors is quite intense, well blended, mellow, and enjoyable. The draw is quite excellent, easily providing a full body of smooth, cool, rich smoke. The strength is around medium to full, with a very rich retrohale. The ash holds firm, easily to the inch point, which on the Torpedito looks like nearly half of the cigar.
Into the second half of the Torpedito, the flavor becomes a bit sweeter, with a nice blend of molasses, cocoa, and a bit of berry as well. There are still notes of very deep spices, hay, and a bit of earth. Each draw leaves a little bit of spice, earth, and sweetness on the palate which provides and excellent finish. The flavors are full, complex, rich, and very enjoyable. The strength remains in the medium to full range, which isn’t shocking, since I’ve never considered the Ligero Cabinet to be quite full in terms of strength. The construction still performs very well, with the ash holding firmly, and the burn remaining very sharp.
Conclusion: The Torpedito doesn’t quite provide all of the enjoyment that the larger Ligero Cabinets normally give me. I feel like it lost some of the evolution that the Ligero Cabinet 500 or 400 has, yet it still has a very nice blend of flavor which is very enjoyable. However, I do think the Torpedito may become quite popular since it comes in at about a 30 minute smoking time and there are times when I only have about 30 minutes to smoke. I could see my self grabbing for one of these in that case. The Torpedito didn’t sacrifice any of the strength or flavor of the Ligero Cabinet, and I would gladly pick up more in the future.