Review: 3 Reynas Torpedo (Prerelease)
Officially debuted at IPCPR, the 3 Reynas is the latest cigar being distributed by SAG Imports, although the cigar itself is a collaboration between the Quesada and García families. Patrick has the full details of the cigar from his news story back in June:
Following up on the news of Tres Reynas, a new collaborative project between the Quesada and García families, Patricia and Raquel Quesada shared some more details about the cigar and its origins.
The name Tres Reynas, which means Three Queens, wasn’t the first choice. The project was originally slated to be called TresHermanas, or Three Sisters, “because that is the relationship we have with Janny” the Quesada sisters said. In researching the availability of the name, it was decided that it was too similar to a cigar already on the market. While they did not go into which cigar the name was too close to, there are a pair of cigars that could have presented the obstacle. Casa Fernandez and Tropical Tobacco make a cigar called Los Hermanos, and the New Orleans Cigar Factory produces a cigar called Tres Hermanos.
When asked if the name ‘Three Queens’ might be seen as a bit boastful, especially considering that both their parents and Janny’s parents are alive and very active in the cigar industry, the Quesada sisters responded that “the name is not to be taken so literally…of course we do not think of ourselves as actual queens but rather wanted a name that would simply represent us as strong independent women in the industry that is dominated mostly by men.”
As reported by Cigar Aficionado, the Tres Reynas cigars will be produced at My Father Cigars S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua, but distribution will be handled by the Quesada family’s SAG Imports. “That’s just the way we approached it from the beginning,” said the Quesadas.
The three women came to be friends approximately two years ago when Raquel met Janny at the Nicaraguan Cigar Festival and “we just clicked,” Raquel said. ”A few months later we all got together with Patricia as well and we’ve all been friends ever since. It’s hard to explain. Sometimes you just meet a person that you immediately get along with and become close in a way that would normally take much longer to develop.”
Could this project be the first of several projects between the two families and their companies? “We are taking it one step at a time but we will certainly look to do future projects together again in the future.”
The Tres Reynas cigars will debut at the upcoming IPCPR convention and trade show and will be available in three sizes: a 6 x 60 Gordo, a 6 x 54 Torpedo and 5 x 50 Robusto. The cigars will consist of Nicaraguan filler and binder with a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Only 1,000 boxes of each size are being made, with prices between $7-8 per cigar.
The three sizes of Tres Reynas are:
- Tres Reynas Robusto (5 x 50) — $7.50 (Boxes of 20, $150.00)
- Tres Reynas Torpedo (6 x 54) — $7.95 (Boxes of 20, $159.00)
- Tres Reynas Gordo (6 x 60) — $8.25 (Boxes of 20, $165.00)
Now you know the background, so let’s get to the review.
- Cigar Reviewed: 3 Reynas Torpedo
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Size: 6 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 54
- Vitola: Torpedo
- MSRP: $7.95 (Boxes of 20, $159.00)
- Date Released: August 4, 2012
- Number of Cigars Released: 1,000 Boxes of 20 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
- Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 2
The Tres Reynas Torpedo has a beautiful dark brown wrapper with few noticeable veins. To the touch, it feels sturdy and oily. The predraw brings strong cocoa with a little pepper, a touch of barnyard and some sweet tobacco. The aroma coming off the foot is pure barnyard and hay.
The cigar starts out the first third with a blast of sweet chocolate and a touch of pepper. Over the first half inch the spicy pepper notes have picked up to dominate the chocolate, but the sweetness is still there. The draw is perfect and without too much effort the cigar produces lots of creamy white smoke. The burn is a little squirrely, but nothing that I can’t touch up easily. Continued deep chocolate notes have taken over the peppery kick again, but the spice is still there in the background.
The second third has developed into more than just chocolate and pepper, including background notes of leather, espresso and a nice nuttiness. The burn continues to be a little finicky, and while it’s enough to note I’m not sure it is having much effect on the cigar. The flavor profile of the 3 Reynas continues much the same with the chocolate dominating.
Chocolate is the name of the game and continues as the dominant flavor into the final third. Touch-ups have become a regular thing now and I’m starting to wonder if the cigar is suffering from improper humidification. A chili pepper note starts to grow and compliment the chocolate nicely ending the cigar on a powerful, but enjoyable note.
- As stated above, after constant touch-ups I suspect that the cigar has suffered from near constant RH changes over the past week and a half. Between travel to IPCPR, storage there, a flight back to my house, and then storage in my humidor for a few days, the cigar has definitely not had it easy.
- In our IPCPR 2012 coverage of the SAG Imports booth, it was noted that there wasn’t much buzz around this cigar’s release. Having said that, the booth went from noticeably busy to absolutely packed at 4:00 when the cigar was released for people to try.
- While a lone Quesada Q d’etat Daga that was left in the display case towards the end of Saturday showed how quickly displays were cannibalized for samples, SAG Imports reps were very strict on keeping the 3 Reynas under wraps until the 4:00 release.
- There isn’t a manufacturer name associated with this cigar, such as My Father, García, or Quesada – it’s simply “3 Reynas.”
- Janny García had another cigar at IPCPR, La Dueña.
- Smoking two of these on a virtually empty stomach I was ok and didn’t really feel any effects of the cigar. I would classify the cigar as a mild to medium strength cigar and a medium to full body.
- The samples smoked for this review were given to halfwheel at IPCPR 2012.
- Final smoking time was just over two hours.
The Bottom Line: If it wasn’t apparent from the review, I enjoyed this cigar. From the color of the wrapper to the dominant flavor throughout 90% of the cigar, chocolate was the star of the show. Combined with off and on pepper notes among a few other complementing flavors, the blend proved to mesh well and create an enjoyable end product. I feel the cigar suffered a little from the almost constant touch-ups I had to do, but understanding what the cigar has been through in the past couple weeks I don’t really want to count off for that. Having said that, I did wish for a bit more complexity with the flavor bouquet. Overall though a very enjoyable cigar that I look forward to trying again after it has had some time to settle down and rest in a stable environment.
Final Score: 89