Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.75 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7 each
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This cigar caught my interest because it’s a Nicaraguan puro, but I heard that it was a lot milder than most. It’s also part of a “certified” organically grown and cured line, and those were both points of interest. It comes in seven different sizes: 6×50 (Toro), 6.25×44 (Corona), 6.25×52 (Piramide), 4.75×52 (Robusto), 7×48 (Churchill), 4.5×36 (Nesticos), and 4.25×40 (Tins). I gave the Robusto a try to see if it would be as interesting as I hoped. And guess what—it was.
Appearance : (4.75)
The Plasencia Reserva Organica Robusto is a nice-looking cigar with a medium brown wrapper leaf. It feels surprisingly dry; there’s not a lot of oil on the wrapper at all. The veins are quite fine and hardly visible, and there are only a few of them. It feels a little dense and heavy, which has me slightly concerned, but overall it looks good with a solid triple cap. It has a nice sturdy feel to it.
I was actually surprised this turned out to be a 5/5. I expected to have a problem with the draw. At first, it was indeed a bit on the tight side, but after a few puffs it opened up nicely and offered me just enough resistance. The burn line was amazingly straight, and I barely needed to make any corrections. The ash was white and hung on until the halfway point. Very nice construction, especially with that razor sharp burn!
The flavors really are as mild as they were advertised to be. In the first third, I pick up toasted cedar with a trace of creamy nutmeg. The cedar is definitely the dominant note, taking front and center stage. In the middle third, there is a lovely sweetness that stays subtle and never takes over the flavors, which remain nicely balanced. There is a hint of something flowery. The aroma of the smoke is sweet and cool, with a hint of peppermint or menthol. I don’t detect this in the flavors until I get to the final third, at which point the mint becomes identifiable, adding a delightful chill. The entire time, the cigar remains rather mild, which really is surprising for a Nicaraguan stogie like this. I can’t really think of another cigar off the top of my head that is similar to this, and it is great having a new experience.
So why did I take a star off? Well, the flavors are at times a bit bland, especially in the first third, which really is very close to being straight-up cedar (great if you love cedar, I suppose). I openly admit though this could just be my own taste perception.
You can get the Plasencia Reserva Organica Robusto for around $6-$7 a stick, which is quite a reasonable price for an interesting and unique cigar.
Overall Rating : (4.25)
My feelings about the Plasencia Reserva Organica Robusto were largely positive, though slightly mixed at times. The construction is incredible, the value is excellent, and it’s undeniably a different kind of Nicaraguan puro. The only detractor was the occasional blandness, though it might only be my palate as I tend to like stronger cigars. But if you love mild stogies and especially if you are a cedar fan, you can’t go wrong with a box of these.