Review: Victor Vitale Tortuga 215 Reserva El Cedro #5

The Legacy Brands by Victor Vitale Tortuga 215 Reserva El Cedro No. 5 was released late in 2013. Additional vitolas were added through 2014 with the No. 10 being announced at the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas.

 

Released with a cedar wrapper on the bottom half of the cigar, it is currently availabe in a No. 5 (5-1/2”x48, Robusto Extra), Belicoso (6”x54), and a No. 10 (6-1/2”x58, Parejo). The No. 5 is sold in 48 count boxes.

 

Vitola: Robusto Extra

Size: 5-1/2” x 48 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One

Price Point: $8.05 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturer’s Sample

Quick Note: For this review I used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.

 

“The Victor Vitale Tortuga 215 Reserva El Cedro No. 5 is a very enjoyable cigar that sits firmly the medium-full category for strength and body.”

 

 

 

 

Surgeon’s Rating:  87 AKA “5-Pack”

Used a single-cut and the draw was in the ideal zone.

On the initial draws I pick up pepper, cedar and a trailing sweetness. I’m quite impressed with the start. On the retrohale there’s a equal strength combination of cedar and spices. No burn to the retrohale at all, very smooth. Every draw finishes with a sweet, lingering cedar flavor. Some raisins coming through 20 minutes in. As the first third progresses into the second there is some earth coming through.

The cedar picks up in strength in the second third. I’m still getting some of the raisins from the first third but the cedar is the dominant flavor here.

The last third finds the earth from the initial third playing a significant role in the flavor profile. It’s not a dry potted earth but rather a more sweet earth that balances out nicely with the cedar.

The Victor Vitale Tortuga 215 Reserva El Cedro No. 5 is a very enjoyable cigar that sits firmly the medium-full category for strength and body.

I will be snagging a 5-pack of these at my next opportunity.

 

 

 

Pairing Recommendation:

The Victor Vitale Tortuga 215 Reserva El Cedro No. 5 would pair really well with a rich cream soda, desert wine or even a heavily sherried whisky.

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