Since I can't pass up a weasel opportunity for those La Barba Purple, and I had this stick on deck, and for SOME reason no one has reviewed it yet, look at what you get!
I picked up this Tarazona Revolution 305 Torpedo through last year's Cigar Federation pass. As always with a pass full of sticks you've never tried, grabbing this was a total leap of faith, especially because at the time I had no idea what I liked or wanted. Lucky me.
Cigar: Tarazona Revolution 305 Torpedo
Size: 6 1/8"x52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan, with Jalapa Ligero
(Thanks Coop, for having this info on hand)
As you can see from the pics, beautiful dark wrapper on this one that leaves a barely noticable tingle on the lips, almost wasn't sure it was there. Same on the cold draw. Cold draw was tasty cocoa/baking sweetness with, again, just a hint of spice tingle.
This held consistent when I fired this up as well. Flavors had excellent baked-goods-type subtle sweetness - not syrupy or artificial, more like breakfast bread, mixed with some coffee/chocolate/mocha kind of notes. This REALLY would have paired nicely with some creamy coffee in the morning. Spice was still noticable on the draw, but just a tingle. It came out much stronger in the retro, but not overwhelming or sinus-burning. Plenty of smoke output, draw was perfect with slight resistance with just over a 1/4" cut.
Halfway through, the sweetness hung around, but backed off a little in trade off with the spice tingle, which picked up significantly, though still not overwhelming. Woody notes started coming in about here too. Even with the pickup in spice, the flavors were smooth through the whole stick, and blended well together. Flavors hung around a medium to medium-full and never backed down, just kind of wavered around the three main flavors of baking sweetness, spice tingle, and wood flavors, with the spice and wood gradually increasing throughout the whole stick to the nub.
I was most excellently pleased with the flavors and aromas of this cigar. Absolutely right up my alley, with the balance of sweet and spicy and woody. Profile reminded me of a toned-down version of the old Camacho Corojo in this regard (which I also love), not as full and with more emphasis on the sweetness. The only true drawback on this cigar was that the wrapper just didn't like to burn when it was supposed to. I'm nit-picky with my burn line anyway, and I do my fair-share of preemptive touchups on sticks that may or may not need them. I did a quick torch of obviously-not-burning wrapper several times over the course of the stick, though nothing I would consider annoying. I'm having an awesome 95+ degree summer, so despite my pretty constant 64%RH in the humi, this could easily still have been an environmental issue rather than a construction problem.
I am clueless as to the use of Logan's scoring scale, so I won't bother. However, at an hour and a half burn time (estimated, I wasn't paying attention), plenty of flavors I love, and, best of all, VERY minimal nicotine strength (slight buzz, walked away no problem), I'd say I've been missing out by not having smoked this sooner and purchased more. If they're all like this, I'd buy a box of these, easy. If this is your flavor profile, you should definitely try this.