Alec Bradley’s American Classic Blend Torpedo

The first thing you notice when you hold the new Alec Bradley American Classic Blend Torpedo in your hand is the weight.  This is a very densely packed cigar.

Pre Light Characteristics:  

Tightly wrapper solid stick with no soft spots.  The pre light draw is very firm and the pre light scent at the foot is sweet almost grassy.

It feels very substantial in your hand.

Once lit:

The draw is still firm bit the smoke is free-flowing. The flavor starts out sweet and nutty. The strength is somewhere between mild and medium.

About Midway through:

The flavor shifts from sweet to savory, a very interesting transition that makes you sit up and notice.

Final 3rd:

Another flavor shift.  This time it turns spicy with hints of cream.

Overall Impressions:

The Alec Bradley American Classic Blend Torpedo is a very good value priced cigar.  Loaded with quality mild to medium tobacco.  It may not be for the Ultra strong triple Ligero Lovers but it has enough variation in flavor that even they might want to give it a try.

For the smoker who prefers a mild to medium cigar this is a real winner at about $5.50 per stick.

Check some out.


Pappy’s review of the Tarazona 305 Torpedo

Dark Brown toothy wrapper small veins.

Wrapper: Costa Rican Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan
Solid with no soft spots.


scent of earth with a touch of sweetness. free flowing draw.

First third: 
Medium bodied with slightly sweet finish with hints of spice. 
Beautiful white ash indicative of good nitrogen rich soil. 
Slightly wavy burn line.

Second third: 
Expected pick up in strength present but also a pick up in spiciness.  
Burn line corrected itself without touch up.

Final third: 
continued the build up in strength. Picked up hints of nutmeg.

Overall Impression: 
Like the Tarazona Classic this is another winner. It is a well made flavorful cigar 
with a great balance of strength and flavor. 

You can purchase Tarazona Cigars here

Pappy’s Predictive Super Bowl Chili Recipe

Pappy’s Super Bowl Chili tradition goes back to 1981 when he made “I Left My Heartburn In San Francisco” Chili in honor of the San Francisco 49ers .

Each year Pappy choses a side and makes a Special Chili in that teams honor. For the past 29 years it has determined the outcome of every game.  Even in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds such as the Patriots “undefeated” season. Pappy’s Chili sent the Pats home as losers. (see note *)

Here is Pappy’s Chili for this year:

Pappy’s Three River Chili (Yeah I know they play at Heinz field now)


3 lbs of chopped meat (80/20 fat)

1 lb of Hot Italian sausage

1 lb of steak (cut into 1/2 inch cubes using a poultry shear)

1 Red Onion (finely chopped)

1 Yellow Onion (finely chopped)

1 Green Onion (you guessed it, finely chopped)

1 large can of Crushed Tomatoes

1 1/2 cups of El Pato Salsa de Chile Fresco

3 Tablespoons of Chile Power

3 Roma Tomatoes

3 Cloves of Fresh Garlic

1/2 teaspoon of Cumin

1 teaspoon of Mexican Oregeno

1 Habanero pepper (dried or fresh)

Prep time 1 hour

Cook time 9 1/2 hours


Quick boil the roma tomatoes and remove the skin, set aside.

Brown the chop meat to release fat. Pour off fat and set aside for later. Put cooked chopped meat in separate bowl.

Remove sausage from casing and break into small pieces and brown. Once again set aside me and fat.

Cut steak into 1/2 inch cubes with poultry shears and brown in same pan. Set aside fat and cooked stake

Lightly cook the peppers, onions & garlic in some of the reserved fat.

Add back the meat and add the can of crushed tomatoes, the 1 1/2 of Salsa de Chile Fresco, 8 cups of water  & the spices.

Remember that fat you were told to set aside. Well by now it should have separated. The fat is sitting on top of 100% meat juice.  Pour that juice in your chili.  If you have a hard time doing this, you can put the glass in the freezer for a few minutes. The fat will harden and you can skim it off.

Cook on low for 5 to 9 hours.  Stir every 20 minutes. Taste along the way and adjust seasoning as needed. The longer the better. Remember the longer it cooks the hotter it will be.

OK so I guess you figured out who is going to win this years Super Bowl The Pittsburgh Steelers.

Or if you want to change fate you can smoother this recipe with good Wisconsin Cheese.

* Note: Pappy does not condone  gambling and is not responsible for any losses  if you are stupid enough to place a bet based on a chili recipe.

No matter who you want to win. A good cigar is always in order for the Super Bowl.

I’m going with the La Aurora Gran 107 a beautiful 7×58 vitola

The Dirty Rat by Drew Estate Cigars


I joked on Twitter earlier that the working title of this blog post was WWSS (What Would Satan Smoke). Why? Well this is one Hell of a STRONG Cigar!

In fact this is the strongest corona sized cigar I have ever smoked.

Here are the particulars:

The first thing you notice is the jet black wrapper. The pre light scent at the foot is very fragrant “Perfumey”. I had to ask John Brooke of Drew Estate if this was going to be part of the infused Acid line.  He told me no it was part of the Liga Privada line but could not give me any more info on the blend as it is still a secret. This info will probably be released at the Annual Convention in New Orleans.

The Construction is tight with no soft spots as you might expect from Drew Estate.

On lighting the first thought is Whoa! This is a strong cigar. It’s that type of strength that hits you in the stomach.

There is extreme spice on the retrohale. Retrohale is a term coined by David Diaz aka @Doc_StogieFresh which means exhaling the smoke out of your nose.

It is loaded with great flavors and even though strong it is not harsh.

The Guillermo Leon Corona Gorda

Guillermo Leon Corona Gorda

Size 6 X 47

Pre-Light Scent: Sweet Manue


Wrapper Ecuadorian Habano

Binder Cameroon & Dominican Corojo

Filler Peru, Dominican, Brazil & Nicaragua

Firmly rolled

Pre-Light Draw Free Flowing

Medium to Full Bodied

Balanced Flavors of Salt, Spice & Meatiness. With hints of roasted Almonds and Semi Sweet Chocolate

It maintains this flavor profile throughout with a nice pick up in strength in the 2nd half.

My overall impression of this cigar is that it is very refined and would be a great “After Dinner” smoke following  a great steak dinner.

Highly recommended.

The La Aurora 107 Robusto: Was this blend custom made for me?

It is no secret to those that know me that I am a big fan of La Aurora cigars. Nor is a secret of my affection for Jose Blanco.  With that said I was a little nervous when a good friend sent me 5 La Aurora 107 Robustos to try.

Why?  Well I had seen some reviews say that you should smoke the cigar slowly other wise it smoked bitter. In my opinion you should always smoke a cigar slowly. A cigar is a luxury and should be savored. Another review  questioned the wisdom of issuing a cigar to celebrate the 107th anniversary of the company. They questioned why not wait till the 110th anniversary? or some other time.   Well we all know that the Mayan calendar says the world is going to end in 2012 so that rules out the 110th anniversary which will fall in 2013.

All kidding aside here is my take on the La Aurora 107 Robusto:

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

Price: about $6.50

Elapsed smoking time: 1 hour

Appearance: The wrapper has a beautiful reddish golden hue with very fine veins. It is nice and oily.

Pre-light scent: at the foot is sweet with undertones of manure

Pre-light construction: is very firm with no sponginess or soft spots. This is what have come to expect from La Aurora cigars.

On lighting the flavor is both salty and sweet at the same time. How can this be? Think of fresh cookie dough you get that saltiness under the sweetness.

The strength is medium plus and the flavor is full.  I would say it is a 7 on strength and a 10 on flavor.  While it is hard to put your finger on the flavors it is obvious that this cigar was well aged before it is released.

There is ample spice on the retrohale for you pepper heads out there. It is just that it is not in your face.  I like pepper. I don’t like pepper spray.

The stick holds it’s ash nicely and stayed firm throughout. The strength and flavors kick up a notch as you work your way to the end.

The finish on the cigar is long.

Summing it up: As I stated in the title of this blog, It seems that the La Aurora 107 was custom blended for me.  While all tastes are different, this cigar is perfect for my strength / flavor profile.

I highly recommend you try some.

The Punch Uppercut Toro 6 3/4 by 54


I have smoked just about every cigar in the Punch line and the Punch Uppercut Toro is unlike any of their offerings. This is because of the unique Ometempe tobacco. Grown in the volcanic soils of Ometepe – an island off the coast of Nicaragua.

Size : 6 3/4 by 54

Consruction: very solidly rolled with no soft spots

It features a beautiful moltted EMS wrapper.

Prelight: Scent is sweet manure. Pre light draw is free flowing.

On lighting the flavor is creamy peppery with an undertone of sweetnes.

This flavor profile stayed throughout the entire cigar. Nice full body creamy smoke with a very plesant room aroma. My wife even commented that it had a nice smell.

I very much enjoyed this cigar and will pick up some more. If you are a fan of Punch you should check them out. If your not a fan of Punch you should also check them out.