August 5, 2009
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.625 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador Sun Grown
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$155 for a box of 25
This line of cigars is produced by Don Pepin Garcia for Ashton. Apparently all of the tobacco used in this cigar is produced form 1st generation Cuban seeds. I have smoked a handful of cigars from this line, but this is my 1st formal review of one. So here it goes…
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
This was a classy looking cigar with a an aesthetically pleasing label, uniform Colorado color, and no large veins in the wrapper. The cigar looked to be well made and had a nice spicy tobacco prelight smell.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
This cigar was pretty well made in that it had a perfect draw and a very even burn. However, it had trouble staying lit for some reason.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
The Edicion Especial 1 was harsh upon lighting, but mellowed out quickly. It had an earthy and leathery taste with a subtle spicy sweetness mixed in, which was very enjoyable. The thick robust smoke was medium in strength. There was nice complexity and smoothness in this cigar, it seemed to have a lot to say. It did get a little harsh and ashy tasting at the end, but that was most likely due to having to relight it a few times. It should be noted that previous Edicion Especials I’ve smoked have not had that problem. I enjoyed this cigar with a Warsteiner Dunkel, which complemented its flavors very well.
Value : [rating:4/5]
This cigar retails for $7.70, which is reasonable considering the high quality of the cigar. I wouldn’t say it’s a bargain though.
Overall Rating : [rating:4.5/5]
I am enjoying these cigars more and more each time I smoke one. I think this is one of the best blends DPG has out right now and I am about to make this cigar a more frequent member of the rotation. I would say it is box worthy.
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