cigar review

Don Diego: Torpedo

The next cigar I will be smoking as part of my cigar challenge, is from the Don Diego cigar brand. I will be trying a Torpedo.

The stats:

Size : 6 x 50
Origin : Dominican Republic
Strength : Medium
Wrapper : Connecticut

Don Diego Torpedo cigar


According to ‘The Ultimate Cigar Book – 4th Edition‘, the Don Diego cigar brand was founded by Don José “Pepin” Garcia.

Don José “Pepin” Garcia. Credit: Cigar Journal

Don was one of the first Cuban expats to resume his cigar-making skills outside of Cuba after the ‘Cuban Embargo’. The Don Diego was created in the Canary Islands in 1964, and were one of the very first cigars available to the U.S. market after the embargo.

What is the ‘Cuban Embargo’?

“In February 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed an embargo on trade between the United States and Cuba, in response to certain actions taken by the Cuban Government, and directed the Departments of Commerce and the Treasury to implement the embargo, which remains in place today.”

Nowadays Don Diego cigars are produced at the famous tobacco factory Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic.

Tabacalera de Garcia. Credit: Cigar Aficionado

You may also recognise Don from his role as CEO of El Rey de los Habanos, a cigar company in Miami, USA – associated with his son Jamie Garcia’s cigar brand My Father Cigars.

My experience:

Don Diego Torpedo

This torpedo shaped cigar looks perfect in construction, shape and size. Although I must say, I never know where to cut the cap with these cigars. How much or how little should you cut here? I think I was too generous with the initial cutting, as my lips now touch the cigar band when I go to smoke this. Not ideal and maybe something I need to learn here.

Immediately upon lighting you taste the medium mild flavours of this cigar, definitely a bit of wood and cedar in there too. Towards the later part of the cigar it definitely got a bit spicier. But not very memorable though. An ok smoke.

My rating: 6 out of 10

Next up a cigar from the Don Lino brand!

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