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Stogie Reviews: Jameson Torpedo

3 Jun 2008

Jameson is a new cigar company that introduced its line with a web offer of two sticks and a T-shirt for the cost of postage and handling. Who could resist?

I received two six inch torpedos and, though both had some cosmetic imperfections – such as a large water spot on the Sumatran wrapper of one – they appeared to be well-constructed. The clip was easy and the pre-light draw nice. However, problems developed quickly.

Lit, the draw became extremely loose. One started to tunnel, and it was difficult to get both to burn evenly. There was lots of smoke throughout, with a pleasant aroma. Though it has a ring gauge of 54, it felt fine with the torpedo shape. The binder is Honduran and the filler Dominican.

Jameson calls this a medium-bodied cigar, but I found it mild, particularly as I smoked it down. There were some toasty, bready notes, but little complexity or development. It became bitter after about two-thirds. A particular annoyance with one of the cigars was impossibility of removing the band because it had been glued so tightly.

I was curious about the name of the cigar, wondering if it was honoring the brash newspaper publisher in Spider-Man comics. I couldn’t find it addressed on the firm’s skimpy website, and several calls to the 866 number got only voicemail. I emailed my question several days ago and haven’t received an answer, though I did get a response promising a free pocket humidor if I bought a box over the weekend. If and when I get a reply, I’ll let you know.

Jameson advertises this cigar at five for $25.50 and $115 for a box of 25. As with several cigars I’ve smoked lately, this one wasn’t bad, and I would smoke it again if offered one. But I wouldn’t seek it out. It just didn’t do much for me. As such, the Jameson Torpedo earns a rating of two and 1/2 out of five stogies.

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George E

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Drew Estate

7 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Jameson Torpedo”

  1. Ronaldo Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 4:58 am #

    It seems like the whole online cigar community reviewed Jameson sticks right after the company's offer a few months ago. You guys waited a bit, but it sounds like you reached the same conclusion.

    I'm waiting to make a purchase after someone reviews one of these with 1-2 years aging. I realize that will take some time…

  2. George E. Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 6:09 am #

    I never did hear anything from the company in response to my question about the name. And I'm still curious. Does anyone out there know the answer?

  3. Patrick A Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    Ronaldo: I've been hanging onto two Churchills for exactly the reason you've identified. Keep your eyes open for a review in 2009.

  4. furious Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    My thoughts exactly except the flavor profile was more reminscent of wet cardboard to me.

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