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La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial

03 Mar

Synopsis:
Blender: Don José “Pepin” Garcia
Maker: My Father Cigars/ Ashton Distributors
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Flavors: Citrus, mature tobacco, spice → white pepper, minerals
Draw/Volume/Strength: +3 / +3 / 4
Rating: 8.9

It’s been said that Don Pepin is the best cigar roller in the world. I’ve appreciated his work previously in La Riqueza, the Tatuaje Cojonu 2003, and the 601 Habano (and by extension, the My Father line, which was technically blended by his son Jaime, though rolled at the same factory). The La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial is a line extension of the brand owned by Ashton.

The core of La Aroma de Cuba is a rich, spicy, complex flavor, and the Edicion Especial, or “EE” as it’s commonly known, is no exception. Replacing the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper of the original is a thick, oily Ecuadorian Habano leaf. The balance of the blend is Nicaraguan like the original, though whether any other differences exist, is unclear.

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La Aroma de Cuba EE #55 (5¾x55)

I chose the #55 (5¾x55), a beefy Corona Gorda. The initial flavors are a burst of fresh citrus and mature tobacco over a woody background, with a spicy, mineral texture providing depth. The cigar is soft to the touch, and feels lightly rolled, and the draw is wide open (+3) from a cap cut, producing a hearty smoke volume (+3) of bold strength (4).

By mid-way, the earth and spice have consolidated into a core of white pepper, retaining the citrus bite from the opening. This flavor pattern persists to the finish, darkening slightly as it goes. I was more than surprised to notice some imperfections in the wrapper, one of which caused some burn trouble in the second half. It touched up easy enough, but it must be noted none the less. With that sole exception, the burn is straight, producing a salt-and-pepper ash which is solid and nicely scaled, holding to well over an inch.

I rate this cigar 8.9. It shows the complexity of the Habano leaf to the fullest, with earthy complexity and full-flavored richness that are so in demand of late. It also demonstrates the variability of Nicaraguan leaf, and its ability to produce a diversity of flavors. I’m not impressed with the quality of the construction, based on the soft roll, wide open draw, the imperfections in the wrapper, and the spot of burn trouble. This is so out of character for a cigar from Don Pepin that I expect it’s an anomaly. Unfortunately I was only able to smoke one cigar for this review, and I would normally like to do a reevaluation to gauge the consistency, but I’ll admit, since this cigar not really in my preferred flavor profile, I don’t expect that to happen soon. Regardless, if future smokes prove to be better made, I have to consider consistency to be an issue.

What has your experience with this cigar been?

Until next time, this is the Cigar Sasquatch saying, “Love what you smoke, and smoke what you love.”

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