June 03, 2012
La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial No. 3 (6x50)
The Aston site describes this cigar like this:
La Aroma De Cuba Edicion Especial is a wonderful new cigar manufactured in Nicaragua by the Garcia family. Handcrafted in small batch fashion by a select group of master rollers, this is a cigar for the connoisseur with a seasoned palate. The flavors within this cigar are tremendously complex.
Beautiful, seamless, pumpkin-colored wrappers embrace an enchanting Cubanesque blend of rich, well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. These wrappers are cultivated in Ecuador under direct sunlight from Cuban seeds. The flavors are medium to full-bodied, rich and zesty. Hearty notes of earth and cedar are accompanied by lighter notes of leather and cinnamon. Available in 7 sizes in cedar chests of 25.
The cigar has a lower band with the designation EE which siginifies this is the Edicion Especial. The band is beautiful.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Cuban-Seed Ecuadorian
Previous to this review I've had several of these cigars. For my 100th video cigar review I chose this cigar. Let's see how it stacks up today.
Video review HERE.
The band on this cigar is beautiful. The cigar is triple capped and has nice density.
It is a light brown in color. Ashton describes it as a pumpkin color. You can decide what you think. After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. I lit the cigar and the initial flavors were woody/leathery notes and some citrus notes. I let the cigar sit a minute to allow the flavors to develop.
About 3/4 inch in the flavors settled down into a bitter sweet grapefruit citrus, coffee and wood. The pepper is good and lingers on the finish which is a citrus.
About 1 1/2 inch in the notes are the same as before with a little more sweetness. The sweetness and citrus notes have carried over to the finish. The cigar is medium bodied at best. The coffee notes are about the only thing giving the cigar any depth. At this point I would like a little more flavor and richness but we'll see how it plays out.
At the band there seems to be leather notes developing but I'm not sure. The cigar still has a bitter sweet citrus and no richness. The finish has some sweetness and it's morphing into a vanilla. The pepper lingers somewhat.
After removing both bands the cigar is showing slight signs of richness. They appear to be coming from the combination of the wood and citrus. The finish has changed to a mix of vanilla and almond.
As the cigar finished it never achieved the richness I wanted. This is not your typical Don Pepin Garcia cigar. Perhaps Ashton was looking for a light cigar because that's what it is. I waited for the richness to take off in the citrus notes but it never did. I was a little disappointed with the flavors in this cigar.