The Le Bijou 1922 Box Pressed Torpedo was the 2015 Cigar Aficionado cigar of the year. It’s taken me a while to purchase this one, but the weather turned nice today and decided a treat was deserved.
The price was circa $10, which is reasonable in my opinion. The cigar is all Nicaraguan and 6 1/8 X 52.
It’s a beautiful looking cigar – nice and dark with a very attractive ornate band and a bright orange footer.
The wrapper smells good – heavy notes of tobacco, earth and a sweetness.
Halfwheel timed this at 1 hour and 5 minutes. They must’ve sucked this thing down because I was closer to 2 hours.
Flavors – It’s very very tasty. I got hints of chocolate, wood (minimal cedar), some spice (more of a black pepper), sweetness, black coffee, and (I thought Cigar Aficionado was full of shit when they said raisin)…but, it’s there and I really liked it.
Strength is there from the get-go. It’s not overwhelming but it’s got some oomph behind it. Very slight buzz but not woozy.
Full bodied – yes and yes and yes.
Draw – Flawless (especially for a torpedo).
Burn – sharp but not razor sharp. It went out on me twice but maybe that was my fault. I also lit it up straight from the Binnys humidor so it may have been a little “over-juiced”.
Experience – It’s a great cigar. For those that like complexity and a lot of flavor I don’t know how you couldn’t enjoy this stick.
Is it Numero Uno? This is such a tough question and arbitrary. Will I smoke this again? The answer is yes. Did I like the flavors? Loved them. Was it the best cigar I’ve ever had? Ehh, not sure about that one.
Summary – I’m not into “reviewing” cigars, instead I like reviewing my personal experience. This one was solid and I highly recommend the Le Bijou for the mid to experienced crowd.