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Stogie Reviews: Ybor City Handmades Torpedo

21 Aug 2007

Atop this page is a picture of all three members of the staff. Taken circa December 2006, it shows George E., myself, and Patrick S. in front of a cigar factory in the heart of Ybor City.

Since Patrick S. and I live in Washington and George lives in Florida, this gathering was a rare occasion – but it sure was memorable. We spent an afternoon walking from cigar shop to shop, visiting several cafés for Cuban coffee and good eats.

Among our stops was King Corona Cigars, a bar/restaurant B&M owned and operated by a fifth generation cigar family. It had an impressive selection of name-brand stogies, but also carried four house brands.

One of them, simply called Ybor City Handmades, has been a staple in my humidor ever since the trip. The Torpedo, my favorite vitola, is a six inch by 52 ring gauge stick with an ultra-smooth Connecticut wrapper. I’m glad it comes naked because any band would only detract from its simple beauty.

The smoke begins with a very unique, enticing mild aroma that’s tough to put your finger on. After several puffs, I was able to conclude the taste is primarily one of butter and almond, not unlike the conclusion my colleague reached in this Quick Smoke.

At the halfway point, some spicy clove and sweet honey notes enter the equation, giving this cigar a pleasant texture. Still, it’s definitely on the mild side and not one for those who only value knock-you-on-your-ass smokes.

Like many house blends that are made in small batches with good attention to detail, Ybor City Handmades feature excellent physical properties. The draw has some (but not too much) resistance; the burn is straight or self-correcting; and the ash is sturdy and white – great for a long ashes contest.

While these gems are sold exclusively at King Corona, you can still purchase them online. At only $60 for a bundle of 25 (less than $2.50 apiece), they’re an absolute steal. What you won’t get is a cigar with name-brand recognition; what you will get is a delicious cigar with great construction at a bargain price.

Since this has been my favorite go-to cigar for mornings and early afternoons for about a year, and since I’d be willing to pay three or four times the asking price, I have no qualms about giving the Ybor City Handmades Torpedo four and ½ out of five stogies.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

Patrick A


14 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Ybor City Handmades Torpedo”

  1. Cigar Jack Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 9:40 am #

    Great review, one of my goals is to take a “Cigar Trip” through Florida and visit places like this. The cigar sounds fantastic.

  2. Reggie Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 9:46 am #

    I bought a bundle of these in July after you ran the Quick Smoke and, I have to say, they’re outstanding. Great mild flavor, great construction…great everything!

    I’m usually not a huge fan of Connecticut wrappers, but these don’t have that chemical-like aftertaste I’ve found in so many others.

    Thanks for the recommendation. This site is at its best when you bring overlooked cigars to our attention.

  3. Amanda Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 11:48 am #

    Great review, sounds like I would really enjoy it.

    Now that I know what Patrick A and S think of the cigar, I'm wondering if the other Stogie Guys also tried it. If so, George, what were your thoughts?

  4. George E Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 3:42 pm #

    Amanda – I smoked one when we got together and enjoyed it. But I don't think I've had one since. However, after Patrick's review I plan to definitely pick some up, maybe tomorrow since I have to drive sort of in that general direction.

  5. Padronnie Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 5:15 pm #

    That’s a sharp looking smoke. With all the fancy bands out there, you sometimes forget how nice a cigar can look naked!

  6. Tim Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 4:38 pm #

    Based on your review I ordered a bundle of these from King Corona. Just arrived today. Wow what a nice mild cigar. Great construction, long ash, and very smooth. Everything you said it would be. This one moves ahead of my favorite mild cigar, the RP Connecticut. Thanks for the recommendation and keep up the good work!

  7. Nart Shawa Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    I am from New Jersey, and I just visited Ybor City based off your recommendation today while on vacation. I have to say I had an amazing time. Not only did I spend time at King Corona but I stopped by Tabanero Cigars down 7th street, and they let me try rolling custom cigars with them. What a great experience. Great historic place and helpful crowd. Every cigar enthusiast should take a trip. Thanks Stogie Guys.

    Oh and if you guys are ever in Ft Myers, check out Cigar Bar. Great place!

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