January 31, 2015

Vega Fina Nicaragua Gran Toro (6 x 52)





Video review HERE.


The Vega Fina Nicaragua is the newest edition from Vega Fina. It highlights tobacco from Nicaragua which has become the most sought after tobacco around.

The cigar is comprised of:

Wrapper: 
Nicaraguan Habano 2000 (Jalapa)

Binder: 
Nicaraguan Seco (Jalapa)

Filler: 
Nicarguan Ligero (Jalapa)
Nicaraguan Viso (Esteli)
Nicaraguan Seco (Jalapa)

Country of origin: Dominican Republic

Available in the following sizes:
Corona: 5 3/4 x 42
Robusto: 5 x 50
Gran Toro: 6 x 52 (REVIEWED TODAY)

Priced between $5.50 and $6.50.


The cigar is well made and has a nice feel in the hand. It feels weighty in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were very sweet; boysenberry and cedar, cream, and white pepper rated at an 8. The flavors really pop. The finish, at this early stage, was a dry wood and cream combination with some lingering white pepper.



About 1 1/2 inches in the boysenberry notes have given way to a sweeter cedar with a sprinkling of cinnamon. The cream notes are still there and I am also getting some bread notes at the lower level. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is now a combination of cream and bread notes. The pepper seems to be changing from white to black, or a combination of the two. There is a touch of richness in the sweet cedar and cinnamon and it's very nice.




Just past the midpoint there are some citrus notes popping in and out. The bread notes are noticeable at times but primarily it's still a sweet cedar and cinnamon with sporadic citrus notes. The bread notes are still the base. The pepper appears to have changed to a black pepper and it remains very good at around an 8. I would caution yo to smoke this cigar very slowly. If you go to fast you lose the flavors. 



The cigar ended much as it was in the last segment with the exception of some charred cedar notes on the front end. The bread notes went away on the front end but they remained on the finish, along with cream. The cigar approached medium to full bodied status. Of all the Vega Fina cigars I think this is my favorite. The sweet cedar and cinnamon was great! And the pepper changing from white to black was very cool. Again, smoke the cigar slowly to get the best flavors. The cigar had a nice burn time at just over 1 1/2 hours. Very good cigar on shelves now. 



Score: 93

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