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Stogie Reviews: Arganese Connecticut Ambassador Torpedo

6 May 2008

With a seemingly endless variety of cigars – at least for now – former real estate developer Gene Arganese has something for just about every stogie enthusiast. And so far we’ve been impressed. Last fall Patrick S sang the praises of the raisin-flavored Maduro Presidenté Figurado and I gave a thumbs-up to the Connecticut Presidenté Robusto.

 Like the latter, the Ambassador blend of the Connecticut line also sports an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper. This time, though, it’s paired with an Indonesian binder and Dominican filler tobaccos. The result is a mild and creamy taste which is advertised as Arganese’s lightest blend.

The six and 7/8 inch by 52 ring gauge Torpedo sells for $7 per single or $142-160 for a box of 25. Soft and delicate, the cigar sports very few veins and virtually unnoticeable seams. The prelight draw is clear and the wrapper tastes of salt.

The flavor is about what I expected: smooth and creamy with notes of almond, butter, and cinnamon. A sweet hay taste drifts in and out to keep things interesting and, to the cigar’s credit, the salty wrapper is more complimentary than distracting. The smoke stays light and airy, even when spicy, syrupy notes kick in towards the end. Although the experience is quite mild, I had no problem picking up some wonderful flavors.

Construction on this 90-120 minute smoke is in line with what I’ve come to expect from Arganese. The burn only requires one touch-up to stay even, the draw is exceptionally clear, and the ash holds firm for almost two inches. Just take care removing the double bands because the fragile wrapper has a tendency to tear.

In all, this is a nice, noble smoke with a crisp, mild taste that works well on the golf course or on the deck. I would be happier if the wrapper was a bit oilier and the price a bit lower, but the Arganese Connecticut Ambassador Torpedo is still a fine cigar, worthy of three and ½ out of five stogies .

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Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Arganese Connecticut Ambassador Torpedo”

  1. Mac and Nudo Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 3:37 am #

    So would you say you're a bigger fan of the Connecticut Ambassador blend or the Connecticut Presidenté blend? Personally, I like both.

  2. Patrick A Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 4:55 am #

    I like them both, too. I remember the Presidenté has a little more kick, but I hesitate to make comparisons because I haven't done a full review of that blend.

    I should point out that I smoked two Connecticut Ambassador Torpedos for this review, both of which had been in my humi for over six months.

  3. Lou B. Monday, March 23, 2009 at 1:58 am #

    i enjoyed the Conn. Ambass. perfecto. it's a good size perfecto too!!! i thoroughly enjoyed it start to finish. you were bang on about the band removal, i had the same problem. excellent flav, smoke, draw and burn for a mild bodied ciggy. i would buy them again.

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