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“I bought the Don Rafael simply because the VS 55's Seconds Maduro was out of stock. The 55 is my everyday cigar. I found the Don Rafael Maduro to be a mild, yet pleasent stick to smoke. Has a nice maduro sweetnes in the finish. I have smoked a half-dozen so far and all draw and burn perfectly. There is some differences in shades of wrappers. This is often to be expected in affordable cigars. A nice inexpensive cigar.”
“No, they won't get high ratings (they don't deserve them) but if your on a budget or simply just want a cheapo that works, check out the Don Rafael Maduro,....it has a mildly earthy and toasty cocoa flavor with a mild spice. The burn needed some help but that was not a deal breaker. If something like this is on your cigar menu, give them a try.”
“I often wonder why so many of us spend so much money on expensive cigars when there are more than a few really good inexpensive ones about. This one falls into that category in my opinion. Nice pre-light aroma, quite an even burn, pleasant medium flavour; what's not good about it? This one is going to be a regular in my humidor.”
“I just picked up a bundle of 20 torpedos for $25. Although this stick is never going to be a cigar of the year or listed in the top shelf category, it's not a bad bargain smoke. Good construction, good draw, decent burn, on the milder side of medium bodied and reasonably good flavor. Very good value for an every day smoke, puttering around the yard or giving to moochers. I like these a lot better than Blue Label B2 that I picked up a few month ago. Much smoother and more consistent.”
“I have smoked over half of the box of 20, and these are a pleasant smoke with a very pleasing aroma of chocolate and a hint of coffee,and a slow burn. One thing i kinda disagree with about the other comments on here, is the uneven burn, i don't think i have had one yet that burned even, i don't mind that too much until the unburned portion starts to burn off, and is still red hot and almost burns my shirt or my jeans. Otherwise, this is a good cigar, and i will probably buy these again, especially if the Dark Sharks aren't available.”
“A new favorite for everyday smokes. Mild to medium but nice flavors of cocoa and coffee, thick clouds of white smoke. Nicely constructed great taste and aroma. Some variation in wrapper color from stick to stick but for the price cant be beat. Love em and on my third box.”
“I'm no critic, but I bought a box of these on a whim. I was very pleased with these smokes. Upon opening the box the look of these were amazing, well wrapped, good even color and nice fat ring size. I couldn't wait to light one up. So I did right away still cold from the outside air. Man this has a nice even slow burn. I cant say specifics on what notes I just know it was mild with a little kick, great taste that goes all the way through. First cigar I've found that tastes just as good at the end as it did at the foot.
In a nutshell I found my new smoke!!! For the price it can't be beat, give it a try you won't be let down.”
“At first I wasn't a fan, but once I let them sit in my humidor for a few days they completely changed the way I felt about these. For an everyday cigar it is great.”
“These are actually pretty tasty, inexpensive Maduros, but I just recently got into the world of fine cigars, having come off of cigarettes and then transitioning to cigars via chocolate Phillies, ugh! I have since experienced much better smokes than these, but I would say they are a good value Maduro stogie. Thanks CI for the reasonable prices on great tobaccos!”
“This is a real tasty stogie. Delicious from the start, but just gets better as you get about 1/3 of the way smoked. Ash is firm and not a bit flaky except at re-lighting if you set it down (hard to do that!) It is a bit mild for a Maduro, yet strong tobacco taste. Not harsh even beyond the label, but by then it is warm and a fuller spicy flavor. Can liken the flavor tones to the kind of smell you experience around a Texas Mesquite BBQ pit, very woodsy. Also hints of dark cocoa and coffee linger on the taste afterward. Draw is a bit firm, but not uncomfortably so. Good stuff. I'll like me some o' dat again!”
“The Don Rafael Maduro By Victor sinclair,What a nice cigar in the churchhill size.Great burn almost razor sharp,nice dark brown look,The white band looks nice.light up and first draw are smooth and buttery with hints of cocoa and mild hints of spice and nutmeg as it progress it takes on a more creamy somewhat buttery feel in the mouth.The smell of smoke of this stick is great and the exhale smoke nice.As you get to the center the cream is still there and not much changes till you get 2''from the band and then the coffee bean and expresso taste start to form a big flavor finish and more strength as you go from mild to a small medium build and the oil gets evident,great finish,Great cigar period!”
“Great smoke!! Very cheap!! Just a great stick!”
“Bought a box of Toro's in 1/2013. Right off the truck, they were a nothing to write home about smoke. As others have noted though, give these about 4-6 wks in your humidor, and you end up with a delicious cigar for so much less. The resting in the humidor really increased the maduro flavor. Good burn and draw. The 54 ring size is a nice plus. The wrapper was good throughout, and no filler pieces coming out. These have earned a space in my humidor for a long time.”
“Don Rafael Maduro is smoother and better tasting in my opinion than Macanudo Maduro. Factor in the prices, and it's a no brainer which you should buy. Don Rafael Maduro had a cocoa-like spice and sweetness on the finish whereas the Macanudo had a charred flavor I wasn't fan of. Important to note though, my Don Rafaels have been in the humidor a few months.”