Saturday morning, raining like it's never rained before outside (yet it rained for 8 straight days last week and we're due for another 7 straight this week) and my eyes glued to the Weather Channel as the 3rd major hurricane of the season (Wilma) begins its path toward Florida. What a year, what a terribly stressful year. Perhaps it’s because I'm growing older, but I find myself concerned, worried, simply stressed out about stuff like this. And it's been a brutal year for natural disasters. Looking for some comfort, my cigar consumption has grown. Morning, afternoon, night, nightcaps, whenever the mood strikes and the escape into some peaceful calm is necessary. Getting lost in the blue-gray cloud that surrounds me is my solace.
I've splurged today on the Liga IV Torpedo, most expensive of the line, yup $2 per stick. Made by Torano in the Dominican Republic, I expect a well-made top-of-the-line cigar, they've rarely disappointed me. But I'm used to pricier Toranos, more along the lines of $4 per cigar, can they really get quality into a $2 cigar. So with some suspicion, I split a bundle with another fella here at the office. Clipping the torpedo tip and taking a pre-light draw, the draw is perfect and oh so easy, firing it up is simple and smoke is released in huge wafts around my head...in the famous words of Frank Costanza on Seinfeld "Serenity Now! Serenity Now!"
The wrapper, and I'm not quite sure of the origin, seems like an Ecuadorian Connecticut - smooth, silky, few veins, solid! There's a floral character you'll sense before you light it as well. I'm not a big fan of floral, and it gets me nervous, but after lighting, it disappears turning into a more aromatic flavor that is super-mild and soothing. Reminds me of the 5 Vegas Gold without any hints of spice. The finish is fairly non-existent the first-half of the cigar, but picks up and leaves a mild, non-intrusive mild macadamia or cashew remnant behind. I'm finishing my morning carafe of decaf-mocha-latte-thing now and this is the perfect complement. Anything heavier and it might steal the thunder, and that's the last thing we need right now is thunder and lightning.
The cigar is a quick burn and with frequent easy draws of that mild creamy flavor makes it a 30 minute smoke (and I nubbed it after about 20 minutes while writing this review, now it's a faded memory, let me spark another then.) The construction is firm but not hard, ash holds long and firm, and you'll be impressed with its consistency from beginning to end. I nubbed it at about an inch and it started to burn hotter and more floral-y. I probably should've dropped it a little sooner, but ahh, I hate to waste good tobacco.
Liga IV is a worthwhile entry into the under $2 budget rotation, any time of day or night, enjoy.