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#nowsmoking: Charter Oak Habano Torpedo

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#nowsmoking: Charter Oak Habano Torpedo Cigar Review

Charter Oak Habano Cigar Review – Torpedo

Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez – Estelí, Nicaragua 
Size: 6” x 52 
Strength: Medium-Plus 
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano 
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua
MSRP: $7.00/cigar; $350.00/box of 50 (at press time) 

#nowsmoking Charter Oak Habano cigar review at Famous Smoke Shop

The Back Story 

Nick Melillo is the man behind Foundation Cigar Co., makers of Charter Oak cigarsEl GueguenseThe UpsettersThe Tabernacleand Highclere Castle, among others. The Charter Oak line is particularly close to Nick. Born and raised in Connecticut, Charter Oak is Nick’s homage to his native state, and has become a regular “go to” for thousands of cigar lovers. Additionally, the Charter Oak selection was chosen as a #1 Best Buy by Cigar Aficionado. 

Until now, Charter Oak cigars were only offered in Connecticut Shade and Connecticut Broadleaf wrappersI bought a Connecticut Toro recently, and they really are a great catch. should’ve bought a 5-pack. 

Charter Oak Habano Torpedo cigar review by Gary Korb

In September, Foundation released Charter Oak Habano whose packaging also displays the same historic 600-year-old oak central to Connecticut’s legacy of independence and industry. Presented in natural-looking, honey-colored boxes, Charter Oak Habano will also share the same five sizes as the Connecticut natural and Broadleaf lines in 20 count boxes. However, the Torpedo is unique, in that, it is offered in a cabinet box of 50 cigars.  

“There’s nothing like a 50-count cabinet—or a 6×52 Torpedo,” says Nick. Why not put them together in one beautiful package?” And as of this writing, the Torpedo is the first size available at Famous Smoke Shop. The other sizes will include a 6×60 Grande, 6×52 Toro, 6¼ x46 Lonsdale5¼ x42 Petite Corona, and a 4¼ x50 Rothschild. 

Charter Oak Habano cigar review by Gary Korb
#NowSmoking @famoussmokeshop:  The Charter Oak Habano Torpedo offers a zesty, medium-bodied smoke with flavors of earth, leather, sweet tobacco and black pepper. 

“I am happy to have been able to blend a beautiful Habano wrapper into an expansion of the Charter Oak line, filling the profile gap between the CT Shade and the CT Broadleaf,” said Melillo.  “This is a medium-bodied, spicy blend with amazing flavor at a great value.” 

 How well is the cigar made?  

cup of coffee with Charter Oak Habano torpedo cigar and box

The Charter Oak Habano Torpedo boasts a striking appearance thanks to its oily Habano wrapper. The rolling is seamless and features a closed foot. Plus, I noticed a sweet barnyard aroma off the wrapper. Clipped at a Dickman Cut angle, the cold draw notes were a little salty and leathery. Once lit, the smoke offered a peppery mix and a curious fruity note that never reprised itself once the cigar got going. 


Charter Oak Habano Torpedo cigar review - Part 1

Earthy, bordering on musty, and peppery on the finish out of the gateBy the one-inch mark some sweet tobacco notes were added to the flavor pool resulting in an earthy, leathery, and semi-sweet smoke. Both my pre-video and video samples had good draws, but I have noticed with torpedoesat least in my caseusually have to find a spot to bite down to open up the draw even further. (If anyone else can relate to this, leave a comment.)  The cigar also burned very well from the start revealing a mostly salt pepper-colored ash that was also quite firm. Generally speaking, the first third was very smooth, balanced, and mediumbodied There is a peppery finish but it’s well rounded with mostly earthyleathery component. 


Charter Oak Habano Torpedo cigar review - Part 2

Moving from the first third to the second, the cigar ramped-up a little more in body and strength, yet remained mostly earthy and peppery. The smoke was still pretty peppery on the finish and in the smoke, but to be clear, it was never overpoweringly peppery. There waalso some appealing sweetness that remained present, and some cedar-like woodiness found its way into the mix for a nice additionAt this juncture, I was convinced that the Habano wrapper wathe spice culprit, creating a marked contrast in flavor profiles between this blend and the Charter Oak Connecticuts. 


Charter Oak Habano Torpedo cigar review - part 3

Even more surprising was the final segment where the black pepper appeared to be fading, if only slightly. All other elements remaining equal, that opened the pipe for more of the leather, cedar, and sweet tobacco notes. There was still a bit of spice on the finish, but I continued to smoke the cigar down to its last one-and-half inches with no problem.  

What can I pair with this cigar besides coffee 

charter oak habano torpedo cigar and drink pairing

After smoking my pre-video sample, I decided to go with a long-aged rum; in this case the Zafra 21 Master Reserve, which has some nice molasses sweetness to itI think a sweeter bourbon would do just as well, but the Zafra really turned the trick, and helped tame some of the pepper that was so prevalent. Wine fans would probably also benefit with a fruity red. 

(Find more cigar and drink pairing combinations here.) 

Final Thoughts. . . 

Charter Oak Habano Torpedo cigar review summary

If you like your Nicaraguan cigars spicy, the Charter Oak Habano Torpedo deals it out in a very well-balanced, medium to medium-plus smoke that stays just shy of full-bodied territoryThere is some appealing sweetness running through it that appealed to me, and the balance of flavors is spot-on. That said, think newer cigar smokers should start with the Charter Oak Connecticut, then the Maduro to get comfortable with it, then hit the Habano. For the money, the Charter Oak Habano offers plenty of value, and I think this Habano selection will prove to be every bit as popular as its Connecticut-wrapper brethren.  


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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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