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Stogie Reviews: Felipe Gregorio Pure Torpedo

2 Sep 2009

Philip Wynne, maker of Felipe Gregorio Cigars, has created many distinct blends, including some using Moroccan tobacco introduced at this year’s IPCPR Trade Show. But one blend we hadn’t seen from him until this year was a Dominican Puro.

fgpure“Pure” is a reference is to the Dominican-grown tobacco that makes up this new smoke. In fact, according to FG’s website, it all comes from a single finca (or farm) in the Cibao Valley.

Available in three sizes—Churchill (7 x 47), Corona (5 x 44), and Torpedo (5 x 54)—the blend is aged in cedar trunks for at least six months before being boxed. When it finally arrives in stores, Pure retails for around $10 each.

The Dominican wrapper is very oily with a few noticeable veins. The somewhat squared Torpedo is firm and well-constructed, and pre-light there are subtle fruit notes of dates.

Once lit, the cigar gives off a variety of intense flavors. Pure has lots of leather, cedar, and pepper with a background of cognac with a savory, charred meat. The finish is long and woody.

Despite the force of the flavors, Pure isn’t necessarily what I’d call a full-bodied smoke. Medium to full is a more apt description, especially since the final third mellows to more of a classic medium-bodied smoke.

As you’d expect from a cigar that costs $10, construction is notable with an even burn, a sturdy ash, and a draw with just the right amount of resistance. I was, however, disappointed that both of the samples I smoked for this review required re-lights in the final third because they extinguished. But Pure’s unique flavor profile compelled me to go on.

Pure has admirable construction, plenty of intensity, and remarkable complexity for a cigar built with tobacco all from one farm. That’s enough to earn the Felipe Gregorio Pure Torpedo a rating of four stogies out of five.

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Patrick S

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One Response to “Stogie Reviews: Felipe Gregorio Pure Torpedo”

  1. Padronnie Friday, September 4, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    Interesting. Very Shiny wrapper. Flavor profile sounds a little (dare I say) Opus X-ish?