T** C**** S**
May 16, 2011
Origin : Honduras
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5.5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran Habano Talanga
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Ometepe Nicaraguan
Price : ~$6-7 each
Originally a Cuban brand started back in the mid 1800’s, the La Escepcion was revived under the General Cigar banner, makers of Hoyo de Monterrey, Partagas and Punch to name a few. Honduran-made, this is the first cigar to boast using binder from the Nicaraguan island of Ometepe.
La Escepcion Excepcionales qualifies as one of those that you are looking through your local B&M and the band or name catches your eye, and you don’t recognize it right away (or at all in my case). I caught this one in a middle display, partially paired between a couple of boxes of La Traviatas, which I also purchased at that time. Always up for trying something unfamiliar to me, I picked up a couple to see what I could discern.
I did come upon two minor issues with the physical appearance of the cigar: one small cuff in the wrapper and a soft spot about the width of my pinkie finger around the middle of the cigar. None of these issues affected the draw or burn of the cigar. Aromas of wood and a hint of chocolate were detected from the cigar pre-burn, which were confirmed in the flavors upon burning.
I used a cutter and butane lighter for starting the cigar and was met with an even, easy draw right from the onset. Wood hints and a bit of spice were the predominant flavors at the beginning. While the spice faded away after an initial five to ten minutes, I did discover slight hints of chocolate closer to the halfway point in the cigar’s two and a half hour burn time. While I enjoyed the flavors of the cigar and the draw, I felt a bit like the overall flavors stayed monotone; it lacked the complexity of flavor that we can be accustomed to from other brands.
While I would describe the flavors as medium bodied, the taste didn’t stay with me for more than a couple of hours. The thick, grayish-white smoke was a nice touch as well. The only drawbacks I found with this cigar was that the burn did need a couple of minor corrections throughout the duration. The ash was also quite flaky and ended up with a lap or couch cushion full. While I am certainly a magnet to cigar ash, this particular cigar made it only that much worse.
I have to say that I enjoyed this cigar but it didn’t necessarily blow me away. The complement of flavors were nice but it didn’t have the complexity to really make this cigar a home-run hitter. The drawbacks were minor with this cigar and the price point I felt was fair. I’m curious to know if anyone out there has aged these for any length of time (three months plus) and if that would make this cigar shine a bit more. While I wouldn’t turn this cigar down if offered, I can’t say for certain if I would purchase La Escepcion again.
March 4, 2017
I bought a box of the Melchior(torpedo)La Escepcion several years ago and recall it fondly. Don’t remember any flaky ash issues. The box art was incredible! So disappointed that General Cigar no longer produces them, can I be mistaken about that? Thank you for the review.
January 9, 2014
As I can’t say that the “La Esception” cigars are great or different cigars,I can confrim that the Cuban ones are just GREAT,
The SELETOS FINOS ,ITALY’S R.E..are a lot better in taste then the non-cuban version .
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