Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto Grande
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : San Andreas, Mexico
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8 each
More info about purchasing La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva cigars...
La Aroma de Cuba is made by Jose “Pepin” Garcia & Co. and distributed by Ashton. Mi Amor Reserva gained some press at the IPCPR in 2012 where it was featured prominently. If the name “La Aroma de Cuba” looks familiar to you (or the ornate band on the cigar), it is likely because you have seen older entries in La Aroma de Cuba before the Mi Amor Reserva sub-line was released.
Dark brown with a few prominent veins, the cigar’s appearance is dominated by the colorful and elaborate band. The band stands out nicely because it contrasts so readily with the dark color of the Mexican wrapper leaf from San Andreas. The leaf is highly textured, and has a bit of a “rustic” quality as a result. Some smokers may consider this to be an annoyance, though to me it simply seemed a sign of the cigar’s handmade origin.
The draw is excellent. The burn was a bit uneven at times, but it always managed to correct itself without me having to take any action. The ash is firm, and the stogie produces a lot of aromatic smoke.
On pre-light, I smell cocoa intermixed with cayenne pepper. When I light up, I taste cedar, a dark, earthy backdrop, and notes of cream, cocoa, and nuts. I may even be picking up a bit of mint mixed in there. The pepper is not as prominent as I would have expected, given the pre-light aroma, but it’s in there in the backdrop. In the middle third, I taste maple syrup very distinctly. The mint is coming through more prominently now. That cayenne pepper is also more noticeable, but not overwhelming at all. In the final third, the spice becomes even more prominent, while the mint fades to the back. The cocoa, earth, and maple syrup are all nicely balanced. Body is medium to full.
For $8.00 a stick, this is quite a nice purchase. The quality is very high, and the price is quite reasonable.
Overall Rating : (4.25)
The only reason I deducted a point for appearance is that I know the rough texture of the leaf may bother some smokers. Aside from that, there is not much to complain about with the almost-perfect construction and the wonderful flavors. The maple syrup note in particular is very distinctive, and really adds something to the experience.