Cigar Reviews

Man O’ War Torpedo

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The Man O War line is the brain child of the Cuban born Abdel “AJ” Fernandez. AJ is now living in Nicaragua but used to work under the supervision of Cuban cigar master, Alejandro Robaina. After moving to Nicaragua, AJ began making his own line of cigars as well as blending for other companies. Some of the names that have hs touch on them include Padilla, Rocky Patel, Diesel, Sol Cubano, Nica Libre, La Herencia Cubana and many others.

The Cuban-seed long filler of this cigar matched with the aged Habano wrapper offers a delicate balance of complexity and boldness to challenge your palate. The wrapper is aged a minimum of three years and is taken from the ‘viso’ of the tobacco plant, the middle section which offers the richest and oiliest consistencies.

Man O' War

The Man O War line comes in a total of 5 sizes, Corona, Double Corona, Robusto, Toro, and the size being reviewed now, the Torpedo. The wrapper in particular caught my eye with the Spartan style face mask and swords. I was a big fan of the movie 300 and the band reminded me of that movie. Will this cigar live up to something King Leonidas would smoke? Let’s find out…

Cigar: Man O War (Original Blend)
Drink: Grahams 2003 Late Bottled Vintage Tawny Port
Vitola: Torpedo (6.5 x 52)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: Gift by @cigarsthomas (About $8-$10 online)
Burn Time: 1.75 Hours

Man O' War

• Evenly constructed all around
• No major veins
• Clean tapered triple cap
• Nice medium brown colored wrapper, no oiliness to it
• Foot looks well packed
• Mostly even firmness with a slight spring, a small part near the foot is quite hard
• Wrapper near foot of cigar got a little damage from transit
• Cut was very clean and easy
• Draw is good but could be a bit tighter
• A half inch crack formed near the head after the halfway mark

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• Toasting was slow and even without problems
• Initial burn has been a bit wavy but considering the damage on the foot it is burning quite well
• Burn is still wavy approaching the end, it has corrected itself of any problems without any help
• Staying lit without the need for extra draws
• Went out twice in the last inch or so and got really harsh so I set it to rest a bit early

Man O' War

Smoke & Ash:
• Good mouthful of smoke on each draw
• Moderate amount of resting smoke giving off a nice cedar aroma
• Medium gray ash
• Not much flaking and seems very strong
• Ash fell off at about 1 inch most times

Man O' War

Tasting Notes:
• Wrapper has a slightly earthy aroma to it, very light
• Foot is earthy and woody with a hint of nutmeg
• Pre-light draw has strong cedar notes with hints of nutmeg and a little bit of spice
• Initial draws taste of cedar mostly with an earthy finish
• Retrohale is fairly mild with a light cedar finish
• About an inch in I’m starting to get a slightly peppery after-taste
• Body has been in the mild-medium range
• Nearing half-way mark, the cedar and earthy notes have calmed down and the peppery flavors are coming through
• Some leathery and light coffee notes also creeping in
• Retrohale has some bite to it now past the halfway mark, leathery flavor on the finish
• Most flavors have been replaced by leather and spice as I get into the last two inches
• Some harshness creeping in around the last inch

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Final Thoughts:
This was a good cigar, had a variety of flavors and a bit of dimension to it. I didn’t find it to be as complex as it claimed and not as strong as I expected either. When you take price into consideration my opinion of the cigar declines a bit. I didn’t find this to be a $10 cigar, or probably more in some states depending on taxes. I think there are better cigars in this price range. If I can find these for a good price I’d probably pick up a few and would recommend the same to anyone else.

Man O' War

As you may know from reading some of my reviews, LBV Tawny Port is one of my favorite pairings. It matches better with some cigars than with others but I think it was a great match for this cigar in particular. The reason is that the spiciness and boldness of the cigar went perfectly with the full-bodied sweetness of the port. Other pairings that should go perfectly would be sweet tea, scotch, cognac or diet soda. Look for something that will slightly counter-balance the peppery notes. Anything too mild may get drowned out by the cigars flavors.

Man O' War

Daniel T. (a.k.a. Dalamscius) is an IT Professional from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He enjoys cigars, scuba diving, hockey, fishing, nature and anything that challenges his mind. If he's not sitting on his big comfy couch or at work you can usually find him in a boat on top of the water or 100ft under the water enjoying a dive. He is engaged to a wonderful Fiance and looking forward to his wedding. Feel free to contact Daniel anytime via email (dalamscius[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter


  1. TADD

    May 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I really enjoy this cigar over the Ruination. You can find a 20 pack sampler for about 50$ on certain auction places. I would not pay $10 for it, but 3 or 4 is no problem and it does have some great flavors. Will need to look into the LBV. Great review and photos! Makes me want to smoke one now…..

  2. Keith1911

    May 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I really enjoy this cigar, especially when you can get it for around $4 online.

  3. Jared

    May 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I just tried the Ruination last week. I loved it! I really wanted to hear better things about this since I loved the Ruination I thought maybe the regular Man O War would be a better more balanced and medium bodied stogie. Great review!

  4. Chris McCann

    May 12, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Thanks for the review. I’m another fan of the Ruination. I haven’t tried this cigar, but I will if I can find it at a reasonable price.

  5. dj

    May 12, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Thanks! I have a couple of these floating around the cooleridor…

    When you say “toasting was slow,” how long do you usually take to toast the foot? And what technique (if I may ask); do you try to get the whole foot aglow prior to first draw?

  6. Dalamscius

    May 12, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Tadd – You seem to be the minority, I hear a lot about the Ruination and ever. The MSRP is definitely high but I’m glad to see they are available much cheaper if you search hard enough. Definitely get some LBV, they are inexpensive (compared to 10 or 20year aged Port) and taste great. Make sure it’s a “Tawny”.

    Keith, Jared and Chris, definitely worth trying if you can find it for a good price.

    dj, I typically toast my cigars with a jet torch lighter, single flame. It usually takes me between 20-60 seconds so I base quick or slow on those numbers. If I’m at home I use my Culinary Torch (Creme Brulee Torch) and that’s a bit faster but I have it on the lowest setting so it might only be about 5 seconds less than normal. I use it mainly because I enjoy my cigars outside and wind can sometimes be an issue in the fantastic Canadian climate… lol
    you can see the Culinary torch in the first pic of the Illusione ~mk~ review here:

    Thanks for the comments guys, keep em comin!

  7. Dalamscius

    May 12, 2010 at 7:01 am

    And yes, I always try to make the whole foot aglow or at least a good 80-90% of it. Typically I’ll do my toasting then blow lightly on the foot which usually finishes the tough parts. I never draw on the cigar until the foot is glowing nicely.
    This is one of those topics that everyone has their own opinion and everyone might do it differently but I can’t really say there is any 100% correct way to do it.
    What’s everyone else’s method?

  8. Tony Casas

    May 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Yeah I’m a pain in the ass when it comes to toasting the foot. I start with the outside and move my way in, in a circular motion until yes, the foot is about 90% glowing. Blowing are softly on it occasionally, only then will i take a few hard draws to complete the light. I’ll double check and touch up any spots that aren’t as willing as others to set afire.

    Then I do a little dance.

  9. Tony Casas

    May 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I also like that you used “Man” as a keyword for this post as well as “Leathery”. We’re going to get some awesome google refers 🙂

  10. dj

    May 13, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Ha! He said “man leather”!

    And thanks for the full-on info re: toasting! Much appreciated.

  11. TADD

    May 13, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I do a pre-light toast similar to your technique.. I prefer that over puffing away to toast a cigar.

  12. Jordan (Cavsfan8)

    May 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Very nice review. I’ve had one Man O’ War in the Corona size and loved it.

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