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Review: Nestor Reserve Maduro Torpedo

I have had these taking a nap in the humidor for about 6 months.
They were good OTT, but with a little time they have become VERY good.
The wrapper is very dark, almost black. Smooth with very small veins.
Once lit, the smoke was rich and creamy and I could taste a faint indication of cocoa or coffee. About 1/2 way through, the cocoa became more pronounced and a fragrant, woody taste joined in.
This was my smoke of choice for our ride over to Va. to buy some lottery numbers. It’s about a 30 minute ride one way. Mrs. Hoot had some other stops to make and after every stop, I figured I would have to re-light, but this one stayed lit for the whole journey, about 1 1/2 hours.
The burn was good…not perfect but easily manageable. I danged near burned my fingers before I was compelled to give it up.
If you like the maduros, this is one medium bodied that will be a pleasure.

How to Flavor Infuse a Cigar the Easy Way

Flavor infused cigars are a great way to add some variety to your smoking. From bourbon and vanilla to chocolate and cherry, there are a wide array of flavors to chose from. While store bought infused cigars can be great, many of them tend to be low quality cigars with an added flavoring to mask the machine processed, low quality tobacco it is made from. The world of flavor infused cigars deserves a more respectible shot with higher quality cigars in order to truly judge and appreciate this kind of smoke. Below is a simple and easy guide to help you create your own high quality flavored cigars.

Step 1: Pick What Flavor You Want
Choosing what flavor you want to infuse into a cigar is the first, and most important step in flavoring a cigar. This will determine the type of cigar you will use. You will need a flavor that can either be found in liquid form, or be made into a liquid form. Some great examples are liquors such as whiskey and rum, vanilla, cherry, and wine. A surprisingly delicious option is barbecue flavored cigars for smoking with a nice brisket.

Step 2: Pick Your Cigar
Just like pairing wine with food, there is a right cigar for every flavor. This take some experimentation to really meld the nuances of a cigar with a specific flavor. As a general rule, smooth and buttery cigars go great with most kinds of fruit flavors for a nice beach cigar. Deeper and rich cigars go great with rum and whiskey flavored cigars. You want to make sure to have a cigar that is nice and tight, while is still fresh.

Step 3: Prepare The Flavor Pad
Some people use paper towel squares for this, but I prefer using ultra-absorbant cotton pads because they can soak up more flavorant. You can commonly find these at the local pharmacy near the bandaid section. Cut the cotton pads into small, 1.5 inch squares, one for each cigar you will be flavoring. Soak each square into the flavorant you are using. For a more unique smoke, start mixing flavors once you get the hang of things. Mixing a great cigar with a few of someone’s favorite flavors can be a personal and perfect gift for a cigar lover.

Step 4: Store Your Cigar
The final step is to store your cigar along side the flavoring pad. Add your cigar to a medium sized freezer bag along with the cotton pad. Take special note to not let the cigar and the flavor pad come into direct contact- the flavors should be absorbed into the cigar. The easiest way to insure they don’t touch is to simply separate the two with some bunched up tissues. Once this is done, mark the bag indicating what cigar and flavors were used, so you can go back and hone your cigar infusing recipes. From here, simply store in a cigar humidor for a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on how strong the flavor pad is.

There you have it, a simple but effective way to flavor your own cigars. The fun comes in when you start experimenting with new combinations and tastes. What about you? What flavors will you infuse with your cigar?

Bio: Andy Nelson is a Content Writer for GreatGiftsForMen an online retailer specializing in men’s gifts from bar supplies to cigar accessories. In his spare time, Andy enjoys sipping fine Islay scotch and smoking handmade cigars.

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