Name: Teto 27 Connecticut Torpedo
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: CONNECTICUT BROADLEAF
Filler: DOMINICAN LONG FILLER BLEND
Price: $ 3.20
You know through years of smoking, I have heard many stories of how so many cigar makers have gone from nothing to having everything. Rags to riches stories always tug at my heart strings, but never have I ever heard a cigar company having a background and beginning like the Teto 27. The Teto 27 Cigar Company started as a fragmented thought in the mind of a young man by the name of Anthony Teto while patrolling the hostile environment surrounding Forward Observation Base Tillman in East Paktika Province, Afghanistan. Teto says keeping this focus gave him positive motivation for his future endeavors; which was to produce a cigar that would bring all walks of life together to smoke and enjoy this social delight. He says, “Grueling missions, relentless terrain and dealing with the Taliban was a way of life. The soldiers that I served with and myself had little down time, but in the midst of it all, I noticed we all had something in common: smoking cigars”. That is pretty damn cool if you ask me! The Teto mission statement is to create a work of art produced from the highest quality Connecticut and Dominican tobacco leaves with the upmost attention to detail. Well Teto, we are about to see my friend.
If that is not a cigar company you can back up, I don’t know what is! Brother, I would go to combat with you any day! Let’s get into it!
Alright ladies and gents, the Teto 27 comes to me today in the always lovely torpedo vitola, cloaked in a smooth, slightly veiny, oily, caramel shaded wrapper. The body has visible seems and what looks to be a small, single cap. I know I said the Teto 27 was slightly veiny, but the veins that this bad boy does have are definitely noticeable. There was a small tear in the wrapper, nothing to really freak out over, the roller might of stretch the wrapper a little too much giving it a slight tear. The body has a few spots with slight discoloration, which actually looks like bruising. Even though most of the body felt firmly packed, I did find one soft spot about an inch above the foot of the cigar. One thing that really popped out to me was the wrapper. It is very attractive and really catches your eye against the light Connecticut wrapper, especially with the gold accents along the edge, very appealing!
Flavor/Taste & Aroma:
On the pre-light, the body and foot were releasing pleasurable aromas of earth and hay, that were also noticeable on the pre-light draw, but were accompanied by a subtle pepper that made an already pleasure cigar more pleasurable.
On first light, I was met with a nutty, earthy flavor accompanied by a slight pepper on the retro. The smoke output was nothing to write home about, even though the draw was flawless. About a ½ inch in, the Teto 27 hit its stride, and really began to show me what it is capable of. The smoke began to pour out, filling the sky with large plumes of creamy smoke, coating my mouth with nice flavors of leather, nuttiness, and a subtle sweetness. The oils from the body coated my lips, adding to the coating of creaminess that I was getting from the smoke. Very nice!
As I transitioned into the 2/3, the flavors had not changed much, andI was really enjoying myself at this point. Until right about the midway point. Now, do you remember when I told you earlier, that during my eval of the body I found a soft spot? Well right about that point, I began to pick up a slight bitterness, and my smoke output just dropped to almost nothing. Frustrated, as I was enjoying myself, I went ahead and tapped the ash off, as I knew what I was looking for, and sure enough, there it was, a little tunnel suffocating my cigar. I was forced to cut the tunneled portion of the cigar off, which was only about a 1/8 of an inch, but it was just enough to ruin my experience completely. After the cutting, purging, and relighting process was completed, the experience was never the same. I did get the leather back, but it was accompanied by a bitterness that would last until the very end, and at some points over powering the leather, leaving me wanted to wash my mouth out. Even the smoke could not recover, never getting back to its rich creaminess again. If the tunnel never happened, and the flavors would have continued as they were in the 1/3, this would have been a very enjoyable smoke, but it just could not recover.
Even though the flavors off the Teto 27 were very enjoyable, the work I had to put into wasn’t. From the start, the burn never really wanted to get right. During the 1/3 a touch up was required, as it just kept wanting run down one side or the other. Even when it wasn’t running, the burn was very wavy. I felt like I had to keep an eye on it constantly, to ensure it didn’t take off running on me again. In the 2/3 only another touch up was required, but then I got the tunnel. Now I am not sure what caused the tunnel, there are just so many things that can cause it. From the way I lit it, to the soft spot I felt early on, just about anything, so I am not going to put blame on the company, rather, I’ll chalk it up to “ehh it happens”. In the last third, after the re-light, the wrapper did crack on me and began to come undone. Smoke began to escape from the crack through the binder, allowing air in when I drew, over heating that section of the cigar, adding to the bitterness. The draw at the beginning was excellent, even after the re-light the draw was still good, just that the smoke was not as good as it was at the start. The ash though, was great. It was a beautiful, solid salt and pepper ash that lasted to just about the half way point before I was forced to knock it down.
So this is a tough one for me because the Teto 27 was very enjoyable during the 1/3rd, and wish it would have lasted all the way through, but it didn’t. Now I might have just got a bad one, and I hope that is the case, and not that the entire line is flawed. Now It is because of situations like this that I would prefer to have two cigars to do my reviews with. That way if I do have a bad one, I can smoke the second one and see what the differences are and put it in my review. If the flavors would have stayed consistent, I would say for the money this is a great cigar to go with. It could work nicely as a morning pre-work smoke with your cup of coffee. It has no power, and if you are running a little behind schedule, you could just turn it out and not worry about it as it didn’t break the bank. I would suggest to give these guys a shot, if you get a solid one with no issues, than you are in for a real treat. I would love to get my hands on some more of these to give them a second go around, but until then this is what I got!
Lastly, I would like to Thank all the Men and Women in Uniform around the globe for what you do every day!
Thanks again for coming by and checking out my review, and remember ALWAYS keep it on the level!
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