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Stogie Reviews: Berger & Argenti Entubar Torpedo

31 Aug 2009

I have a hard time sleeping on airplanes. So flying back after last month’s IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans, I found myself mentally drooling over all the new releases that I couldn’t wait to try. Needless to say, before we landed at Dulles International, I had pretty much decided that my gorgeous sample of an Entubar Torpedo wouldn’t last long in my humidor.

Berger & Argenti Entubar TorpedoThis blend carries the new Berger & Argenti brand name. Based in Miami, the company was launched in August by Don Kiki Berger—who fashions the Cupido, Cubano Claro, and Don Kiki lines for Cuban Crafters—and Albert and Michael Argenti of Cuban Imports, Inc.

Entubar is Berger & Argenti’s flagship blend. According to materials I picked up at the convention, it is “a tribute to the time-honored Cuban cigar making technique” of the same name. That procedure includes “creating delicate ‘scrolls’ of rich, flavorful tobacco” and tightly bunching the Nicaraguan and Dominican filler leaves within the Nicaraguan binder.

When you glance at the Torpedo (6.75 x 56), the first thing you’re likely to notice is the twisted bunch of filler that protrudes from the foot. Closer inspection reveals a virtually flawless and oily Ecuadorian Connecticut-seed desflorado wrapper, a carefully crafted and sharply pointed cap, and a faint pre-light aroma of sweet hay. These characteristics help explain my eagerness to light up this cigar.

Entubar is marketed as “a superior smoking experience defined by a mosaic of complex flavors, a sweet finish, and an unsurpassed draw.” I won’t disagree. With a balanced variety of tastes, the first third will impress any cigar enthusiast. The profile includes cereals, cream, grass, roasted nuts, and onion spice. And the combustion qualities are downright remarkable.

As the burn line’s thick mascara moves toward the middle of the stick, the Entubar’s flavors increase in intensity. A spicy tingle is present on the lips, and notes of bitter coffee beans join in to add depth down the home stretch. I had all but fallen in love with this traditional-tasting cigar before it was time to lay it to rest.

Brilliant cigars are often expensive cigars, and the Entubar Torpedo is no exception. A single sells for around $11, and a Spanish cedar box of 20 sells for $220. This is money well spent, however, and I wholeheartedly recommend you give this treasure a try when it shows up at your local B&M. For great complexity and construction—and for everything I’ve come to expect from Don Kiki and more—the Berger & Argenti Entubar Torpedo earns five stogies out of five.

[To read more StogieGuys.com cigar reviews, please click here. A list of other five stogie-rated cigars can be found here.]

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Drew Estate

15 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Berger & Argenti Entubar Torpedo”

  1. Padronnie Monday, August 31, 2009 at 7:39 am #

    Does entubar really help with the burn? I think I've read that with an entubar cigar the ash falls off evenly instead of creating a cone. Did you notice this?

  2. Patrick A Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 3:36 am #

    Truth be told, I didn’t really pay special attention to the shape of the cigar as I ashed. I will say this, though: The ash holds extraordinarily well and the burn line is outstanding—so I’m certainly a believer that the Entubar process can improve the smoking experience.

    Additionally, Albert Argenti tells me that the “tobacco extended from the foot of the cigar is all ligero” to create “a perfect conical burn.” He also said that the strategy behind entubar is to enable an easy draw via “open channels of air flow from the foot of the cigar to the head.”

  3. Bryan Glynn Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    I really want to try the other vitolas now – I just did the robusto and had a completely different, although very good also, flavor experience: http://cigarobsession.com/2009/09/25/berger-argen

  4. Eyesack Monday, December 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    Any sources of where to find these cigars? Singles/5-ers or otherwise smaller than boxes?

  5. mike wallace Monday, May 31, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    I had my first Entubar last week (they had just come at local cigar shop) and promptly bought four more. I"ve only had the Robusto, but it is my new favorite cigar. Incredible, and at $8.50 a stick, it's totally worth it.

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