Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Vitola: Toro (6 x 54)
Purchase Link: LFD Reserva Especial
RESERVA ESPECIAL REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: Draw is a hair too tight, but I'm not going to complain because this cigar has some weight to it. Feels 1.5 times heavier than expected. Starting off with hay, peanuts, and floral notes with a surprising amount of black pepper on the retro hale. Honey sweetness. This ash is THICC. A+ construction.
Ash falls off as I begin the second third. Sweet cream and cedar are the prevalent flavors and the retro hale kick has dissipated somewhat. Spearmint and root beer.
Final third features more cedar and cream. Nubbed it.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Convertibles in California.
Pairing Suggestion: Hard root beer.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
RESERVA ESPECIAL REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: This cigar brought excellent construction with enjoyable flavors. The draw was perfect, the burn was good, and the ash held on well. And while that was happening, I enjoyed flavors of cream, cedar, hay, peanut, popcorn, bread, light coffee, and a bit of spice to kick things up a bit.
I found this cigar to be quite smooth, almost buttery. I'd be happy to have some on hand for a nice morning smoke.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like waking up with buttered toast and coffee in the morning, this cigar is for you.
Pairing Suggestion: Coffee.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Five-pack.
RESERVA ESPECIAL REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: The cold draw on this week’s cigar was a little bit generic, offering only fresh bread and just a hint of cedar. The wrapper left a little bit of a sour taste on the tongue as well. Aesthetically it was nice looking cigar featuring a mostly smooth wrapper with a few visible veins on the leaf. Overall, a quality cigar in appearance.
Heavy with cedar right out the gate, it also revealed the sour taste from the cold draw as sort of a green apple flavor mixed with very fresh bread, a small amount of pepper spice and an unidentified baking spice to finish.
By the middle, the profile performed a balancing act between creamy cedar, fresh bread and mild pepper with an occasional transition to sharp cedar surrounded by strong citrus flavors. I wouldn’t call it complex, but I’d call it consistent. Also, it earned an A+ in mechanics with a sharp burn, solid ash and tons of heavy smoke.
By the final third, things were without much transition, but enjoyable. Cedar, green apple, cinnamon and fresh bread were the main players. Throw in a touch of pepper and some tea leaves and you’re right in the ball park with this cigar. The burn did get a little wavy towards the end but to be fair, there was a little breeze on the porch today so that may have influenced it a little.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: The smell of that cedar humidor as you rotate the stock.
Pairing Suggestion: Coffee in the a.m., Guinness in the evening.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: 5 pack.
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