The Tortuga Cigars brand isn’t a household name…to me. Until a couple weeks ago I never heard of it and if it wasn’t for George Brightman of W.Curtis Draper I would’ve ignored it on the shelf of their Bethesda MD location. As typical with my generation of cigar smoker, you walk into your shop and ask “so, whats new?” Needless to say when George said “Tortuga” my facial response was “what the fuck is a Tortuga”. I had a similar response when he said its a cigar owned by Victor Vitale. Actually when I heard the name I thought it was that dude in California linked to Barry Bonds but thats Victor Conte. Weird…I know. Besides who owns the line and that the Edicion Limitada 2011 is blended by Henke Kelner, thats pretty much all I can tell you about the cigar or the Tortuga brand. I hope that will change. Needless to say, an unknown brand to me with the overly used Edicion Limitada band didn’t instill me with confidence that I was going to get my $9.20 worth.
I’ll sum up the 12 minute video above. The Tortuga Edicion Limitada 2011 surprised me. I had low expectations but if there is a poster child for a cigar thats considered a diamond in the rough, the Tortuga Edicion Limitada 2011 is it. A familiar Davidoff-ish musty woodsy flavor dominates the flavor spectrum. Add to that a subtle spicy component thats tempered and balanced by a subtle creaminess and you have a flavor profile that would satisfy any palate. Three words that best describe the Tortuga Edicion Limitada are smooth, balanced with a impeccable long finish. The smoke literally coats your palate with a film of flavor that hangs around long after you burn your fingers. Available in three sizes the Churchill-ish size is amazing with the Robusto not far behind. The Torpedo has a tighter draw that just doesn’t produce enough smoke to create that killer film of flavor. Perfect Medium-to-Full in strength and flavor make the smooth Tortuga Edicion Limitada 2011 a must try.
I don’t know how widely available these are. The Tortuga Edicion Limitada 2011 isn’t mentioned on the Tortuga Cigars website. In fact only the Bethesda location of W.Curtis Draper carries them (the downtown store doesn’t). Check your sources or the retail locator on the Tortuga website and see if you can track them down. I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you can’t find a source, you can use mine by contacting W.Curtis Draper (Bethesda) at (301) 907-7990. Tell em Jerry from Stogie Review sent you. Maybe it’ll earn me a free smoke or two and if you see this Victor…lets talk.
Production – Charlie’s audio problems seem to have made their way to me. Not sure why my sound is only in one audio channel. Weird…