Team Cigar Review: Bombay Tobak M.Esteli Torpedo

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Cigar Details: Bombay Tobak M.Esteli Torpedo

  • Vitola: Torpedo
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Costa Rica
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacos de Costa Rica
  • Blender: Mel Shah
  • Price: $7.95
  • Release Date: August 2019
  • Source: Bombay Tobak

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Bombay Tobak M.Esteli Torpedo is between light and medium brown and has a few slightly raised veins present. The seams are smooth, but fairly easily visible due to the light color and vein placement. The tapered head is finished off very well and the foot is covered with excess wrapper. There is a single band that is white with blue lettering and borders with a lone green dot in the name. The aroma from the wrapper and covered foot is just faint wood. The pre-light draw brings a faint aged wood note.

Pre-light Experience

In terms of appearance, the Bombay Tobak M.Esteli Torpedo has a wrapper that is between Natural and Colorado coloring. It’s rocking this uneventful brown coloring and it has medium veins present throughout. It is a thick torpedo and is firm in texture. It is giving off aromas of wood, earth and pepper, and I am getting some light cherry notes with that.

Pre-light Experience

The Bombay Tobak M.Esteli Torpedo has a closed foot. The band is simple with blue lettering and accents on a white background, about 1/3 smaller than a typical band. Nosing the wrapper I was able to get aromas of rich cedar and leather. Given the nature of the closed foot I wasn’t able to pick up any other aromas.

Pre-light Experience

The Bombay Tobak M.Esteli Torpedo has a silky smooth caramel Colorado claro wrapper shade. Veins are tightly pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even with an appropriate give and tapered head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper tell humidor cedar. Aromas from the foot give a muted humidor cedar and light hay. Cold draw reveals cedar and light red pepper spice.

First Third

The first few draws bring aged wood and mild baking spice. At a quarter inch in, both are now much fuller. At a half inch in, the baking spice has transitioned to black pepper as a slight creaminess pairs up with the wood. At three quarters of an inch in, the pepper mellows a bit as the creamy aged wood is up front. At an inch in, the wood loses the aged component as it gains a toasted profile. The retrohale has the black pepper up front with some musty, aged wood behind it. At an inch and a half, the pepper has increased to become even with the creamy and toasted wood. As the third comes to a close, the creamy and toasted wood is once again ahead of the black pepper. The strength started at slightly above medium but finishes at slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering some light baking spice flavors and it has hints of cherries and citrus with that. I am getting some coffee and herbal qualities as well and it has a finish of coconut shavings and dried wood. I would classify the cigar as being a solid medium, and that goes for strength, body and flavors.

First Third

The cigar has creamy rich cedar to open, with lingering dry cedar post draw. Cocoa comes through on the retrohale. Cedar almost immediately takes up the middle of the profile. As the cigar settles in, cocoa moves into the center of the profile and finishes each draw.

First Third

The first third has a lot of soft and somewhat nuanced flavors. Medium strength and bodied with flavors of cedar, light red pepper coating the palate and cherry cordials. Retrohaling is where the red pepper spice and cherry cordials shine the most. The finish is quite short with namely a lingering cedar.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the cream that is paired up with the toasted wood is now very light as the black pepper has mellowed as well. At a half inch in, the black pepper is now more of a baking spice. The retrohale is just toasted wood. At an inch and a half, the creaminess and baking spice are gone as a mustiness with slight menthol note has joined. The third finishes with this same profile. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

When I get into the second third of the cigar, I find a flavor profile that is lacking some of the qualities from the first third and simply showing the base of the first third. I am picking up some light baking spice flavors and it is paired with some dried wood, coffee, cream and coconut notes. Like before, the cigar is medium in strength, body and flavors.

Second Third

Light cedar and cocoa leads into the second third. Cedar takes up the middle of the profile and begins to linger on the post draw immediately. Some minor citrus is present as the second third settles in. Sharpness begins to come through to accent the cedar at the end of each draw.

Second Third

The second third takes it down a notch when it comes to overall enjoyment and complexities of flavors. One major change is the loss of cherry cordials. This is actually a pretty big loss as without it, the profile is fairly monotone with light red pepper spice and cedar. Strength and body continues to be medium.

Final Third

The final third begins with a continuation of the toasted wood and mustiness with the menthol note. At a half inch in, the toasted note moves to a slight char. The retrohale has the musty note with menthol slightly ahead of a general wood note. At an inch in, a burning paper note joins the profile. The cigar wraps up with the slightly charred wood and mustiness with menthol at equal levels and some light burning paper in the background. The strength in this third dropped back to slightly below medium.

Final Third

The final third is nearly identical to the second third and is thus a lacking first third experience. I am getting some dried wood, herbal, baking spice and coconut notes. There is a touch of cream and it is a smooth finish. In terms of body, strength and flavors, it is smoking at a medium level throughout

Final Third

Light cedar and cocoa again leading into the last third. Cedar mixes with some creaminess on the retrohale. As the cigar settles in, sweet creaminess joins the retrohale.

Final Third

The final third continues to be a monotone of cedar and light red pepper spice. At times a soft bread note comes and goes but it’s unfortunate it’s not consistent. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

Other than a slightly wavy burn line at times, there was nothing to complain about. The ash held on for two and a half inches and then until the cigar wrapped up.

Burn

Burn was very good throughout and it produced a nice charcoal ash that held on firmly to the cigar.

Burn

The ash holds on well through the smoking experience. The burn is slightly off in the first third, but self corrects without any maintenance. The burn is straight for the remainder of the second and last third.

Burn

Aside from a couple quick touch-ups and uneven burn line, the burn was great. Pluses for a cool burn and clean ash breaks.

Draw

Just a shallow cut of the Torpedo head brought a perfect draw with just the right amount of resistance.

Overall

The cigar began with aged wood and baking spice which quickly transitioned to black pepper. Some cream joined the wood as the pepper mellowed. Later, the creaminess was replaced by mustiness and then a menthol note joined the mustiness as the wood gained a toasted note and later a light char. The construction was great and strength started slightly above medium and finished slightly below. The Bombay Tobak M.Esteli Torpedo had a unique flavor profile through the first third, but at the halfway point the cigar just ran out of gas and became quite average. I really wish what the first half had brought had continued throughout. Bombay Tobak offers cigars with unique profiles and I’m always interested to see what they’ll do next. The price point on this cigar is attractive, so it won’t break the bank to try and that’s exactly what I’d recommend.

Draw

Draw was a little loose and I was hoping the tapered head would help in concentrating smoke production.

Overall

The Bombay Tobak M.Esteli Torpedo is an average cigar that has a decent core flavor profile that is present from beginning to end. It is medium in strength and body and there is balance although lacking in a lot of other qualities. This was said to be a stronger cigar, but that is not the case at all. Overall, it was a disappointing blend and this is one of the most disappointing cigars I have smoked that has come out of Tabacos de Costa Rica. Besides having no idea where the name M. Esteli comes from, nothing about this cigar screams Esteli. I understand it is an affordable cigar for the company and compared with a lot of other cigars coming out of Costa Rica, but it’s a bust in my opinion. If Mel wanted a strong Esteli blend, he should have just done what everybody else is doing and ask AJ to make him something.

Draw

The draw is perfect, right in the ideal zone of resistance.

Overall

The Bombay Tobak M.Esteli Torpedo is a pleasant smoking experience, with the most complex portion of the profile coming through in the first third. The second and last third had moments of complexity but didn’t reach the levels that it demonstrated at the start. Construction was impeccable with a perfect burn and draw experience. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 37 minutes.

Draw

The draw was flawless providing the ideal air flow.

Overall

I never quite know what I will get with Bombay Tobak. Typically, on one hand, I will get a nuanced, complex and balance profile. On the other hand, I typically get something that is flat and aged out. In the case of the Bombay Tobak M.Esteli Torpedo, it started out as a nice nuanced and balanced profile, but ended up being monotone and a bit disengaged with light red pepper and cedar. A decent cigar but definitely not one of the better ones from Bombay Tobak.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.32

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.35

Cost/Point

$1.49

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.30

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.32

Scoring System

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