The #4 is La Aroma’s version of the Churchill.
I first tried the Edicion Especial #4 at the Ashton Taste of Excellence event at my local B&M. If you have never been to one of these, I highly recommend it if it comes to your local B&M. The Ashton rep paired it with a sample of Patron Anejo. It was a very good pairing I must say.
I purchased a five-pack after enjoying one at the tasting event. The next two cigars I had with just water. They have been resting about a month.
Appearance : Rating:
I think this is a great looking cigar. Starting with the band picturing two women instead of just one as on the original line. The band is quite attractive. There was some very slight veining and a nice light brown wrapper.
Construction : Rating:
This cigar is well constructed. This special blend is made in Nicaragua by the famous Don Pepin Garcia. The wrapper is a sun grown Ecuadorian Cuban seed. The binder and fillers are both Nicaraguan. There are no soft spots in the cigar but it is not overly tight. The pre-light draw was light but not too light. It was just firm enough. The double cap was done well also. The draw during the entire burn process was very good. The burn line was nice and straight with no swelling of the cigar at all. The ash was nice and white and it held on for a good 2-3 inches.
Flavor : Rating:
The smell of the cigar pre-light was one of sweet tobacco, maybe a hint of hay. The first one I had at the Ashton event had a slight hint of fresh hay or manure. This seems to have dissipated with this small amount of aging. In my pre-light tasting was also the taste of tobacco and a touch of pepper. This was a sign of things to come. After lighting it with my Z-Plus, I was immediately hit with the trademark Pepin blast of pepper. This went away quickly after the first inch giving way to rich caramelized tastes and some woody notes. The pepper was ever present on the retro-hale but not so much it burned the sinuses. There were some nutty flavors as well. The finish was very long in the mouth.
In the second third it got a bit sweeter with some cinnamon, caramel notes. The flavors still linger quite a bit.
In the final third the flavors became a bit muted which was a little disappointing. The pepper came back as did some woody tastes. I hate using the term creamy but that is the only way I could describe it. Everything was just a little muted at this point. I did smoke it down to about a half inch. I would say this cigar is mid to full flavored and medium bodied.
Value : Rating:
At $9 per vitola this is not a cheap cigar. I would probably give it a higher score if it was a couple bucks less but this was the churchill and it burned for over an hour and a half. I think it was going about 100 minutes.
Overall Rating : Rating:
Overall, I really enjoy this cigar. Despite the somewhat muted flavors in the end, I find the change in flavors a real treat. I like the smell, the excellent construction, and the burn. As of right now it is probably one of my favorite cigars and I will grab another five-pack. I am looking forward to seeing how they will be after six months or so. I highly recommend trying one or even a five-pack to see it’s for you. As usual though, your mileage may vary.