Man where did 2011 go? Seems like the older you get the faster time goes by. Before 2012 gets here it's time to look back at 2011. 2011 was another awesome year for cigars! I'm anxious to see what Walt, Brian, Mike and Charlie have listed this year. This year is no different than previous years. I had a difficult time paring the list down to just Ten. To help me pare the list down, I limited it to cigars that appeared here at Stogie Review in 2011.
The Tortuga Cigars brand isn't a household name to me. Until a couple weeks ago I never heard of it and if it wasn't for George Brightman of W.Curtis Draper I would’ve ignored it on the shelf of their Bethesda MD location. As typical with my generation of cigar smoker, you walk into your shop and ask "so, whats new?" Needless to say when George said "Tortuga" my facial response was "what the f*** is a Tortuga." I had a similar response when he said its a cigar owned by Victor Vitale.
There are many great Connecticut wrapped cigars on the market and one of them is the Tortuga 1948. This cigar is one of three blends in the Tortuga line produced by Victor Vitale. Victor Vitale has brought a variety of cigars to the market through his company The Cigar Agency, which produces Hammer & Sickle, Ortsac 1962, Second Growth, and 7 Brand among others.