August 6, 2013
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Corojo
Binder : Dominican
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Price : ~$9 each
The Leon Jimenes Prestige was released in 2011 in order to revive an old brand (Leon Jimenes) that was first introduced back in the 70’s. This line of cigars is manufactured in the Dominican Republic by the La Aurora company and is distributed by Miami Cigar & Co. I picked up a couple of these in Amsterdam and thought it was a good idea to take a few tubos on vacation.
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
The Leon Jimenes Prestige Robusto Tubo is a very fine-looking cigar with a pale brown wrapper, almost blonde in color. The wrapper is slightly oily and shows only a few very fine veins. The appearance is flawless, and the cigar feels firm and evenly rolled.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
The draw was very nice; the burn was a little off, but didn’t end up needing any touch-up. Ash clung firmly to the end of the cigar. All in all, excellent construction, just as the appearance and feel of the cigar indicated.
Flavor : [rating:3.5/5]
The pre-light aroma is woody with a hint of vanilla. The initial third reveals that woody scent to be cedar, but there are also notes of leather and nuts. What I initially believed to be vanilla now tastes a bit more like white chocolate. The second third is very similar to the first third, but with a little spice that reminds me of cinnamon, and maybe some kind of cookie or pastry. The last third is also very consistent with the first two thirds, and is just a tad spicier than the middle third. The nuttiness really comes through in the final third, and there is an earthy base which also becomes prominent.
Value : [rating:3.5/5]
At $9.00 a stick, this is not a cigar I would smoke every day. The quality is obvious though from the amazing construction and appearance, and I can understand the price. The flavors were also very enjoyable, even though they did not change or evolve much throughout the duration of the smoke.
Overall Rating : [rating:3.75/5] (3.75)
While the construction and appearance of the Leon Jimenes Prestige Robusto really impressed me, this cigar was a bit tame for my tastes. The problem was not its mildness (which I expected), or the flavors (which are very enjoyable), but to me the flavor profile was a bit “flat” since there was next to no development from one stage to the next. That said, this cigar still gets a 4/5, because that was the only drawback, and it wouldn’t be one for every cigar smoker. If you enjoy cigars that have a consistent flavor profile without a lot of change, and mild cigars appeal to you, you will probably love the Prestige.
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