Team Cigar Review: Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

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Cigar Details: Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

  • Vitola: Torpedo
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Rojas Cigar Factory
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $11.00
  • Release Date: August 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The rectangle pressed Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo has a medium brown wrapper that has some marbling and some lightly raised veins. The seams are smooth and the tapered head is decently finished. The foot has a bit of excess wrapper that is folded over, but not fully covering it. The band is white, blue, black and cream yellow and denotes the company and line on the front with the image of a sailing ship. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of earth and wood while the foot brings some cedar and cardboard. The pre-light draw brings dry cedar, light grape sweetness and a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Finished with a marbled brown wrapper, the Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo is between Natural and Colorado in coloring. Leather like in texture, there are small veins throughout. The foot is slightly covered and it has a stumpy tapered head. Aromas of rich spices, earth, leather and tobacco.
John: The Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo does not come in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. The cigar has a single band, is torpedo shaped and also has the artisanal complication of being box pressed. I weighed the cigar at 14.7 grams, and measured the humidity with the HumidiMeter Pro at 61.3%. Aromas coming from the wrapper were sweet wood, light plus tobacco and mild earth. From the foot, I was getting mild wood and hay.
Jiunn: The Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo has a Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the torpedo head is well wrapped. Aromas give floral perfume and cedar. Cold draw tells of hay and cedar.

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with aged, toasted cedar and some dry earth. The retrohale also brings toasted cedar and dry earth. As the third comes to a close, the aged, toasted cedar and dry earth are even, with no real transitions at all through the third. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a spicy mineral flavor profile that is paired with some cedar and faint cream and coffee qualities. Medium in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions are tobacco followed by spices with a wood finish. A creamy vegetal combination presents on the retrohale with a medium strength spicy finish. Light plus tannins modify the wood on the post draw as it progresses.
Jiunn: The first third has a mild body and medium strength profile. In terms of the flavors, there’s quite a bit going on. Cocoa, minerals, mint, cedar, cream, cherries and bread. Retrohaling introduces dried red pepper spice and also amplifies the cream. The finish is soft with cedar and cream.

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the cedar is gaining some dryness itself. At a half inch in, the toast level increases a bit. At three quarters of an inch in, some bitterness is now accompanying the toasted cedar. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and dry earth. At an inch and a half in, the toast level of the cedar has now moved up to a light char. As the third comes to a close, the lightly charred cedar is just a bit ahead of the dry earth with some accompanying bitterness. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third was in line with the first. Spicy mineral flavor profile with some cedar and faint cream and coffee notes. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy wood is my initial flavor impression here, with a tannic wood finish that lingers for most of the time between each puff. That profile remains consistent to the halfway point, where mild tobacco sweetness comes through on the finish. Earth also joins the finish as the bottom half continues.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile drastically reduces. Now it’s primarily minerals, cedar and cream. The retrohale is still fully intact though (and my favorite part). Strength and body is still medium.

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

Final Third

Aaron: The final third continues on with the lightly charred cedar, dry earth and light bitterness. The retrohale is now also lightly charred cedar and dry earth. As the cigar wraps up, the lightly charred cedar is just ahead of the dry earth, with light bitterness in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The final third was in line with the first and second. Spicy mineral flavor profile with some cedar and faint cream and coffee notes. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first few puffs bring creamy earth and a tannic wood to finish, up to medium strength. That earth falls to light plus and mixes with tobacco sweetness as the last third continues. An acrid earth finish is occasionally coming through by the bottom half.
Jiunn: The final third is the same as the second third. Still a reduction of flavors consisting of minerals, cedar and cream. Strength and body finish medium.

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout and the ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Average burn throughout.
John: The burn was straight through the review, with the ash holding on at times up to one inch.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Good draw, but not great.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2-1/2 notches towards the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: Draw performance was a little snug. Even cutting to the bottom of the wrap showed no relief. But immaterial to the overall flavor delivery.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with aged, toasted cedar and some dry earth and there were no transitions through the first third. The second third saw the toast level increase and then again to become lightly charred with some bitterness. This continued through the final third. Construction was absolutely perfect. The Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo started with a basic and average profile of the toasted cedar and dry earth and then went downhill in the second third as the toast level increased and took on some char. This continued through the remainder of the cigar. I’m hoping that my experience is a one off and the others will report back with a better experience, but as it sits, I don’t see coming back to this cigar at all.
Seth: I was not pleased with the Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo. It was an average cigar from start to finish, and the mineral spice profile became a little too much as the cigar progressed. Sumatra releases have been quite low this year in my opinion.
John: The Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo had some standout moments in the first third, and was pleasant through the second third with some unbalanced points in the last third. The burn was perfect, while the draw had some resistance to it. I’d be interested in trying the Yorktown Fleet in the Robusto size to see how it compared to the Torpedo. Based on the Torpedo flavor delivery, this isn’t something I’d be likely to return to. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Jiunn: The first third in itself was so fun and unique to smoke. The intricacies of the flavors were downright awesome. Unfortunately, the latter two thirds became not as good and narrowed down the scope of the flavors. I would like to give this Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo another shot though, in the hopes of experiencing that first third goodness.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
AverageFirst
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GoodFirst
Third
Good
SubparSecond
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AverageSecond
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AverageSecond
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Average
SubparFinal
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AverageFinal
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Average
AmazingBurnAverageBurnAmazingBurnAmazing
AmazingDrawGoodDrawGoodDrawVery Good
SubparOverallAverageOverallAverageOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.68

Cost/Point

$2.35

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.80

Cost/Point

$2.29

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$1.90

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$1.85

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Stolen Throne Yorktown Fleet Torpedo

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