Origin : Cuba
Format : Belicoso
Size : 140 x 21 mm (5.5 x 52)
Release : 2008
Price : ~$409 for a box of 25
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This is the third review in my series of Asia Pacific RE smokes and, let me be honest from the very beginning, Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra is my favorite one. Although both the strong and very typical Bolivar Short and the slightly unbalanced Por Larranaga Robusto both scored good marks, this little belicoso outranks them in terms of flavors. Let's see how.
The cigar has a rather rustic look, with a toothy wrapper that does present a couple of prominent veins. It is moderately oily and provides a pleasant sensation both when touched and smelled. The negligent triple cap adds to this impression of a cigar made by real men for real men. This is definitely not a Cohiba when it comes to the looks.
Throughout the smoke, I noticed no real construction flaws. There was one optional burn correction and that's about everything I have to report.
Clipping the cap with my guillotine revealed a perfect draw with notes of butter, cedar and earth. Immediately after lighting, the Belicoso Extra becomes round and the flavors are considerably deeper than what I am used to in a Por Larranaga. What flavors? Well, there's a whole set of those - the beginning is marked with honey, caramel and sweet butter; one inch in cedar picks up the baton and finally the earth kicks in. What I like about this smoke is that the flavors do not brutally replace each other, but there is a real evolution with the transitions tasting extremely good. I nubbed this cigar and was very sad to leave in the ashtray.
Unfortunately, at over $16 each if bought by box, this is also the most expensive cigar from the lot. I won't say that this is a 100% box-worthy cigar because I simply can't recommend spitting out $400+ on a cigar that you never tried. However, if you come across a few singles, I highly encourage you to pick one up.
Overall Rating :
As you can infer, I really really enjoyed the Por Larranaga Belicoso Extra. I was very surprised to find it perfectly mature, since it is said that Por Larranagas generally require 3-5 years to unleash their full potential. At the same time, there is still room for progress and these cigars will only improve with age.