Posts Tagged With: Jaime Garcia

Cigar of the month July

July was a month of 21 published reviews, here’s the list from best to worst, with a surprising winner

The cigar with the highest rating last month is:

Gurkha Havana Blend Toro with a 93 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Gurkha Havana Blend Toro (Nicaragua) 93 points
2) Don Pepin Garcia series JJ Toro (Nicaragua) 93 points
3) Espinosa Maduro Corona Gorda (Nicaragua) 93 points
4) Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco OR Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
5) El Centurion Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) Bucanero Z Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
7) Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Toro (Nicaragua) 91 points
8) Quesada Reserva Privada Oscuro Toro (Dominican Republic) 91 points
9) Wilson Adams Mr. Wilson Lancero (Nicaragua) 91 points
10) Mbombay Vintage Reserve Salomon (Costa Rica) 91 points
11) Bucanero Z Churchill (Nicaragua) 91 points
12) El Criolito Half Corona (Dominican Republic) 91 points
13) Don Pepin Garcia Blue Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
14) La Antiguedad Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
15) Punch LE 2013 (Cuba) 90 points
16) Alec Bradley Tempus Naturel Robusto (Honduras) 90 points
17) Don Payo El Baron Toro (Nicaragua) 89 points
18) E.P. Carrillo Encore Robusto (Dominican Republic) 89 points
19) Royal Danish Havana Blend Robusto (Nicaragua) 88 points
20) Vegas de Santiago Gran Reserva Gordo (Costa Rica) 84 points
21) Navarre Petit Robusto (France) 82 points

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Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Toro

Another cigar from the 5 count Toro sampler is the acclaimed Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial, a blend that saw the light in 2009 as a single store cigar without a name but when the feedback was so positive Jaime Garcia decided to turn it into a regular production cigar with his own name to it. And it’s been a success since, it made Jaime step out of the shadow of his father and turned him into one of the three faces of the family run business.


The cigar is made with a broadleaf wrapper that surrounds a Nicaraguan Pelo d Oro binder and Nicaraguan fillers, both from the own Garcia owned tobacco fields and tobacco bought from the Oliva Tobacco Company, not to be mistaken with the Oliva Cigar Family, which is a completely different company and family that only share the same name and happen to be in tobacco too.


The wrapper is different shades of dark, like it has darker smears but I can also see a sparkle from the minerals in de leaf. There is one distinct vein on the bottom half of the cigar. The ring is broken with with silver and blue lettering, simple yet tasteful. The cigar does’t have any soft spots and the head looks good with a perfect triple cap. The cigar has a stable aroma, a smell that I remember from my youth, growing up in a small town and a few farms close by that I sometimes visited as a kid. The aroma is quite strong.


I decided to cut the cigar instead of punching it. The cold draw is easy yet spicy on the lips. After lighting I taste coffee with a little bitterness of dark chocolate. After an inch I taste a mild coffee, spices and dark chocolate. Halfway I taste wood with a icing sugar sweetness and a white pepper in the aftertaste. In the final third the cigar gains some strength and a lot of pepper.


The draw is a little loose but maybe because of that the smoke is extra thick and there is a huge amount of it. The light colored ash is medium firm, the burn is straight. This cigar is medium full bodied and flavored. The cigar is well balanced and smooth. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, box worthy cigar.

Score: 91
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A great book about Nicaraguan cigars

Somewhere in the autumn of 2014 my then employer Sasja van Horssen was approached by his friend and lifestyle journalist Marcel Langedijk with the question if we could help him setting up a trip to Esteli, Nicaragua for him and photographer Jesaja Hizkia and get him in touch with some cigar manufacturers for interviews and pictures in the factories. Marcel, who has been to Nicaragua more often, thought it was time that Nicaragua got a beautiful coffee table book about the cigar lifestyle too, a book nobody ever did except about Cuba and that the time was right for a book about Nicaragua considering the growing sales numbers, superb quality and the growing appreciation for Nicaraguan tobacco, not just in the USA but also in the rest of the world. Nicaraguan cigars dominate the ‘top 25’ lists the last few years and so a book seems appropriate.

I set up a trip, meetings at Joya de Nicaragua, A.J. Fernandez, Rocky Patel, Plasencia, Oliva, Padron and Drew Estate as requested, personally I would have added Perdomo as a major player too, Nica Suenos from my friend Skip Martin and back then I hadn’t met Noel Rojas yet otherwise I would have added him too and interviews with a few boutique brand owners, and I got to come along as I made all the appointments and had all the contacts, my then employer went along as translator as he’s fluent in Spanish. At our hotel, Los Arcos, I met Hector from Espinosa Cigars/La Zona and after seeing the La Zona factory Marcel and Jesaja decided on the spot that they had to be included in the book too, just as the Fe Y Alegria school we visited, a school that’s being supported by Pronica, a foundation that I helped to get started for with & for my then employer.

The name of the book is Cigaragua, a name that Marcel came up with after a few glasses of Flor de Caña. We were having some drinks and cigars at the courtyard of Los Arcos when Marcel just blurted out that name and immediately said “no, that’s to cryptic” but Jesaja and I were sold, perfect name. The next morning Marcel changed his mind and started to like the name more and more, and decided to go forward with the name.

The 12×12 inch coffee table book is not just about tobacco but also shows Esteli, Jesaja Hizkia took a lot of great pictures that are included in the book. The book is now available in Dutch and English and Spanish, German and possible French translations could follow in th near future. I know there are plans to release it in the United States as well but Marcel didn’t say when even though I asked, so if you want to know when the book is being released in your country contact Marcel or Sasja van Horssen.

Other than setting up this trip and proof reading the book before it went to the printer, I am not involved with the book, I gain no money from sales or promoting the book. But I like the book (and Nicaraguan cigars) so much that I wanted to spread the word about the book anyway.

Here are some pictures I took from the book (with my iPhone):

 

 

 

And I shot a little video: Cigaragua video on youtube

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Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial belicoso

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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Jaime Garcia reserva especial LE 2011

The Jaime Garcia reserva especial limited edition 2011 is a 6½x52 toro with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper from the viso priming. The binder is pelo de oro and the filler contains two different kinds of Cuban seed tobacco. They come in boxes of 16, of which one has an Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper instead of the Connecticut broadleaf. There are only 3700 numbered boxes made. The cigar has a € 15 price tag in The Netherlands.
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The cigar has a beautiful double band and a deep dark oily wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell a mild barnyard. I see a few veins. The predraw is fine and I taste herbs and pepper.
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I taste pepper and herbs, the cigar is spicy and makes my lips tingle. After half an inch I taste herbs, some pepper and a little bit of chocolate that fades away quickly. After a third I taste a lot of wood with some herbs, spices and a tiny bit of chocolate.
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Halfway I taste wood, herbs and something best described as a burned toast flavor. After two thirds I taste herbs with a bite and a fresh aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great but the smoke is a bit thin in the beginning, it gets better along the way. The burn is straight. The silver gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? On a special occasion

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial super gordo

Jaime Garcia blended this cigar himself with a blend of two different Nicaraguan tobaccos, one from their own farm and one from the Oliva Tobacco Company (not to be confused with the Oliva Cigar Company) and he decided to wrap the blend in a Connecticut broadleaf. And he just added a super gordo to the line, a 5¾x66 pre-cut torpedo.
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The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper is dark and oily with just a few veins. I smell straw. The cigar feels well constructed. The predraw is fine.
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I taste pepper with a spicy earthy flavor and a hint of chocolate. The pepper fades away quickly and I taste herbs instead. The cigar remains spicy though. After half an inch the chocolate gets stronger.

 

After an inch and a half I taste herbs with a little bit of chocolate and pepper. After two thirds the flavors change to dried herbs with some wood. The chocolate has disappeared. Near the end I can also taste some nutmeg.
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Don’t light this cigar when you only have a small amount of time, it lasted me for two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw was great and I got a good amount of smoke, but unfortunately the smoke was quite thin. The dark gray and coarse ash is firm. I had some burn issues. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Normally I would say ‘no’ due to the thick ring gauge which usually makes blends more bland and are hard to smoke, but in this case I will say ‘yes’ as the cigar stays flavorful and the shape makes it easy to smoke.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Jaime Garcia reserva especial robusto

The Jaime Garcia reserva especial will soon be released on the Dutch market in two vitolas, the gordo and this 5¼x54 robusto. I smoked this cigar before and know that the cigar is made from tobacco from the Garcia farms with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper from the Oliva Tobacco Group.
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The dark and oily wrapper has a few thick veins. The cigar has a great construction and a firm barnyard smell. The predraw is great and I taste spicy and mild peppery tobacco.
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I taste coffee and soil with pepper and a hint of chocolate. After half an inch I taste more dark chocolate. After an inch I get a lot of herbal flavors with pepper and the aftertaste contains a little sweetness. After a third I taste some citrus with wood, herbs and a splash of dark chocolate. The flavors are mild creamy.
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After two thirds I taste more wood with some herbs and some citrus in the aftertaste. I also taste some spices like cinnamon. The wood is the main flavor, the spices, the tiny bit of citrus and the strong black pepper are supporting flavors.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty five minutes. The draw is great, the burn is good. The pepper and salt colored ash is coarse and frayed and medium firm. The smoke is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, even though this isn’t a typical My Father cigars flavor profile, I liked it.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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