Special T — for Torpedo, obviously.
Philip G. Wynne went from selling helicopters in the Middle East to making cigars in Honduras and Nicaragua, under the tutelage of Don Jorge Bueso and Don Julio Eiroa. Somewhere along the way he was asked to make a signature cigar for Frank Sinatra. And who could refuse the Chairman?
The requirement for Sinatra was that the cigar had to be made in the Dominican Republic. When Wynne said he had no factory in the DR, Sinatra's people told him to build one. So he did, and the Sinatra My Way cigar was born. After Sinatra died some legal issues came up with his estate and the My Way went His Way, but the factory remained. (Though apparently there is a very mild cigar still made by Felipe Gregorio called "Felipe My Way.")
This a mild and relaxing smoke with a really nice Ecuador Connecticut shade wrapper. The binder and filler are both Havana seed — piloto cubano — and lend this cigar some body. It's a creamy, toasty smoke with an earthy aftertaste, and the light spice typical of a high quality Connecticut shade wrapper.
I won a box at auction and when it arrived I eagerly opened the box and lit one up. It burned down the side, tasted rank, and needless to say I was disappointed. I put them in the humidor for three weeks, hoping they just needed to settle. I guessed right — they were transformed — no construction issues. Fine mild smokes.