The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial is blended by Jaime Garcia himself. He uses tobacco grown on their own farms in combination with tobacco purchased from the Oliva Tobacco Group and wraps the blend with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. I bought this cigar in Florida, as it wasn’t available on the Dutch market when I visited the sunshine state.
This 5½x52 belicoso comes wrapped in cellophane. The cigar has a nice barnyard smell. The wrapper is dark and oily and only has one vein. The predraw is fine and I taste pepper.
I taste a nice peppery and spicy coffee. After half an inch I taste spicy oak which is mild creamy. The cigar slowly gets spicier and more herbal. The cream disappears after an inch, the structure of the flavors is now dry. When I take a sip of water I taste a chocolate aftertaste. Halfway I taste dry and spicy wood with a very mild citrus like acidity and some smooth herbs in the aftertaste.
Just past the mid of the cigar I get a dominant herbal flavor with some wood as support. After two thirds I get some pepper with the mentioned herbs and wood. Near the end I taste some wood with a little bit of citrus and a lot of pepper.
The smoke time of this cigar is seventy minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. I got a lot of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? As soon as they arrive in The Netherlands I will
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10