July 9, 2013
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $8.00 each
Supposedly being the go to brand for Sir Winston Churchill, La Aroma de Cuba first originated in… Cuba. Today, the Cuban version still exists but there are also non-Cuban LADC’s produced. The La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial are rolled and blended by Jose “Pepin” Garcia for Ashton Distributors. At the time of their making Pepin was crawling into new territory by using the Ecuadorian wrapper instead of his traditional Nicaraguan standard leaves.
Cigar Aficionado did rate the La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial No.5 its #4 cigar of the year in 2008 (which to some means absolutely nothing) however it certainly encouraged me to pick a couple up to try. And that’s exactly what I did back in 2009. Since then these cigars have sat in my humidor (4 years) almost as a long lost friend. So, today is the day I pull them out to see if these once lovely cigars are still making our hearts and palates wanting more.
On to the review…
The pre-light on my La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial No. 5 was perfect (not something that happens often). Smell had heavy barnyard and tobacco accents. The wrapper was an absolute gorgeous smooth light sandy brown, just perfect! An excellent point was constructed on the tip of this belicoso and the foot was completely jam packed full of leaves. The band was appealing to the eye with its colorful detailed artwork. The cold draw showed small hints of spice with the perfect resistance leading to sweet tobacco and cocoa notes.
The cigar immediately opened as an unexpected spice bomb however quickly settled into silky sweet chocolate tastes. The perfect draw lead to a wonderful powdery salt and pepper ash. Cigar had an alluring creamy aroma and settled nicely into the medium-full bodied range.
The second third of the La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial No. 5 continued to have a perfect burn. The cigar released a lot of thick creamy white smoke and tastes turned to a bready cream and vanilla with an undertone of cocoa on the finish. Cigar really had a good mouth feel while smoking. Absolutely a true pleasure to smoke!
Moving into the final third the cigar continued to perform nothing short of perfect. Tastes continued along the same cocoa creamy profile while adding touches of wood to the palate. Aroma ended in a relaxing woody, leathery, creamy mixture.
My Final thoughts on the La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial No. 5 are nothing short of great. This cigar was exceptional in every aspect and I highly suggest not passing on these sticks. It’s reassuring to know that a once great treasure is still an excellent choice to this day. I will certainly be buying a box or two of these in hopes that they sit and mature as these review examples have. You won’t go wrong with these cigars!
Pre-Light: 10 pts.
Smoking: 9 pts.
Overall Experience: 9 pts.
January 6, 2016
An absolute treasure. Pepin Garcia one of my favorite blenders. Buy a couple of boxes. You can’t go wrong.
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