At the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans we didn’t get much of a chance to smoke at the show. Our hectic schedule had us running from booth to booth getting out as many interviews as we could. One of the few cigars we did have a chance to smoke was the Tortuga 215 Reserva Connecticut from Victor Vitale. Rob, Jared and I all found it to be excellent with great construction and burn.
The Tortuga 215 Reserva Connecticut is releasing in three sizes. The Suave (5x52), Elegante (6x54) and the Regio (7-1/2x56).
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The nose on the Tortuga 215 Reserva Connecticut is a medium strength barnyard and hay.
The first few draws produce a sweetness with a very light hay and cedar chaser. Some creamy cocoa develops not long into the first third. Some light plus pepper starts to round out the profile at about the 10 minute mark. Some vegetal notes, approaching clover come through at the 20 minute mark.
In the middle third the cocoa is dominating the flavor profile and pushing the cedar notes to the background. The hay has fallen to light levels and the cedar is mostly prominent post draw. The retrohale is light pepper, with the pepper just giving that little bit of zip to complexity without overpowering.
The final third has some toasted nuts at a light plus strength level.
Total smoking time was 1 hour and 17 minutes.
The Tortuga 215 Reserva Connecticut is a phenomenal cigar that rises above what a traditional Connecticut has to offer.
As with most Connecticut shade wrappers, coffee or iced coffee are going to be great choices. If you go to a rum you want something more on the complex side and less sweet.