Cult Fuerte Torpedo – A Review By Ken York

by Ken York on October 7, 2013

I didn’t get it. I don’t know why, but my Cult Fuerte was anything but. Fuerte is Spanish for strong or vigorous. My Cult Fuerte wasn’t. It’s touted as a full-bodied cigar with a well-balanced assertive flavor profile. After all, it has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ometepe Nicaraguan binder, and Jalapa, Nicaraguan filler. The one I smoked, and I know that I may have got the exception rather than the rule, was medium at best. I had one concept of the cigar in my mind, and got a whole different taste than I was expecting.

I went online to see if someone else felt as I did. I found where smokers had aged the cigar a few months and felt it had definitely dropped a few notches on strength. That may be what happened in my case. When I rolled it in my hand it felt light, which can allow too much air flow resulting in a faster burn and lighter taste.

Cult’s band is impressive, a skull that raises up into a trident. It makes you believe you’re entering into an evil pact just by smoking this cigar.  On the band alone I thought I was in for a hell of a strong smoke, but I wasn’t.



Possible Score


Construction Fresh out of the humidor, how does the cigar look? Are large veins evident in the wrapper? Does the cigar have a firm feel to it?



Band Is the band an embarrassment that you wouldn’t want to smoke in public?



First Puff How satisfying is the very first puff of the cigar?



Draw Can the cigar be smoked without strain? Does it burn up too quickly?



Flavor Does it achieve all three notes? Does the flavor come through to the smoker sufficiently?



Aroma Is the aroma of the cigar while burning fragrant or offensive?



Ash/Burn Does the cigar produce a solid ash? Is it flaky? Does it canoe?



Value Bucks per puff. For the enjoyment is the cigar reasonably priced?



Possible Score




Check out the review on the Joya De Nicaragua by my son Jared.




About Ken York

Ken York has written 19 posts in this blog.

Ken York is an international cigar writer. He was the unofficial travel correspondent for Cigar Magazine, which is now defunct (not his fault). His friends refer to him as the Dos Equis guy due to his wide range of experiences: Army, Air Force (with a week on an aircraft carrier too), linguist, reporter, actor, author, and he even has a bug named for him: Isoneuromyia yorki Evenhuis, a Vietnames predatory fungus gnat. He prefers medium-bodied cigar with a nice single-malt highlands scotch.

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