Los Blancos Primos Maduro Torpedo Cigar Review

by Daniel on March 5, 2008

Brand: Los Blancos
Line: Primos Maduro
Vitola: Torpedo
Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Habana Criollo Maduro)
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian
Body: Full
Strength: Full
Box Price: $2.50/each

I recently wrote an article for a local magazine about the Los Blancos Cigar Company, which has recently made some waves in the cigar community. Los Blancos, based in my hometown of Chicago, has received some critical acclaim for its lines, especially its Primos Maduro bundle line, which was recently reviewed in the March/April issue of Cigar Aficionado. (Fellow CigarJack-ite Jesse reviewed its brother, the Los Blancos Primos Criollo line, a couple of months ago, and both were recently featured in CA‘s list of the best cigar deals for 2007.)

Now, I like supporting local businesses and all of that, but they have to have a good product. Los Blancos does, as the Blanco family are cousins with the famed Plasencia family, pretty much the biggest tobacco growers in Nicaragua. I was talking to David Blanco, one of the Los Blancos heads, and he told me they have a big release coming up this year. Anyway, I’ll probably have a Q&A with him sometime soon.

Back to the Primos Maduro. With a wrapper aged for three years, it has a complex prelight scent that’s spicy and woody. It has a beautiful band and a toothy, veiny, rustic-looking texture. But through this, you can see it’s well-made.

Once lit, it settles down to have a woody, very earthy taste. In the second half, it spices up a bit, but not too much. I was able to get a good draw out of these suckers, but there were definitely some burn issues here. Like my fellow reviewer St. Jimbob, I had to touch it up a couple of times.

Verdict: The Blancos Maduro tastes good, and I really love its earthiness, but I’m not sure I want to wrangle the uneven burn each time I light one up. Because it’s local, I think I’ll try one again in a few months to see if the it’s gotten any better, and at a price point of $2-$3, it’s definitely worth a shot.

Similar cigars: Towards the beginning, its earthiness reminded me of the Perdomo Reserve Maduro, except the Primos Maduro isn’t as sweet.

Popularity: 9% [?]

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stinkie March 5, 2008 at 8:11 am

I remember this being a decent smoke for a bargain price. I would definitely try a couple more, I did not have the burn issue that you did.


Daniel March 5, 2008 at 8:46 am

I’m definitely trying more of them as well. I have a couple sitting in my humidor right now, along with two of the Primos Criollo. I still have to try the Los Blancos Premiere Selection lines.


stinkie March 5, 2008 at 12:04 pm

I reviewed the Criollo, it is not as sexy as the maduro but still a good cheap smoke.


Tim Rollins November 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Having one of the toro’s now. I don’t have any burn issues and I agree this is similar to the Perdomo maduro. I also agree it is not as sweet. We pretty much agree across the board on this cigar. Check out my blog for my review.


Rick Bauer May 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

It was nice to know I wasn’t the only one having burn issues with this cigar. unfortunately I purchased a whole box of the Primos at a Los Blancos promotional function that was held at my local (San Antonio, TX) cigar lounge. After a cordial face to face with the vendor and his assurances of quality manufacturing I was anxious to sample these cigars. I am sad to report that these have easily ranked as THE worst smokes in my entire smoking experience (over 30 years). I have 2 left and to date only 1 has even come close to burning and resembling any cigar of character. The burn on this cigar is without a doubt one of the most FRUSTRATING and stressing of all- the taste, while noteworthy, definitely does NOT support the price they are asking. Do yourself a favor and AVOID this choice…


Erik May 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Well I’ve smoked all the sizes of the Maduro and ALL OF THEM had burn issues,but with that being said I thought that the Belicoso was better than the others so for S&G’s (s..t’s and giggles) I bought a few because 1 of the local Tobbacconist in my area in my area (Tampa Bay,Fl) was blowing them out @ $2.00 bucks a stick but it’s still a less than average stick


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