JC Newman

December 25, 2022

LCA Vintage Reserva 2022 Lonsdale (6 x 44)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from cigarpublic.com website)

For the second year in a row, it has been announced that the Limited Cigar Association will be releasing an LCA Reserva Vintage cigar in collaboration with Christian Eiroa and CLE. Grown on the same land as the tobacco featured in last year’s release, the latest iteration of the Reserva Vintage series joins the 2021 in providing enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the depth of Eiroa’s Honduran terroir firsthand.

“For LCA Reserva, we wanted to present these cigars in a way that showcases our true respect for these cigars and the masters of craft who are responsible for bringing them to life. That respect has always been there, but LCA Reserva felt like the right project through which to visually showcase it. Using more sustainable materials will hopefully inspire other companies to rethink the way they package cigars and what happens to the packaging once it is consumed as well,” explained Clark Thornton, Director of The LCA.

By the time each 6 x 44 Lonsdale is ready to be boxed up, the tobaccos chosen for each year’s assembly have undergone at least three years of fermenting and aging prior to being rolled. A little over 1500 boxes – created using sustainable materials and processes – of the LCA Reserva Vintage 2021 were produced. Each box contains 25 cigars individually encased in recyclable coffins. No changes have been made to the box art or band design for this year’s release, save for an update to reflect the current year. 

Wrapper: Honduran Corojo

Binder: Honduran Corojo

Filler: Honduran Corojo

Size: 6 x 44

The cigar is almost identical to last years version. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good with a touch of firmness. The initial flavors at light up were a tangy citrus/cedar, a lot of brown sugar, cinnamon, and some earthiness. There was nice black pepper rated at 7 1/2. A nice, sweet start.

At the first third (32 minutes) the ash was still intact. It's hard to not compare this version to last year's version but I find myself doing that over and over. The two cigars are very similar. The cigar has improved from the light up. It started a little bland but with every puff it's gotten better. I still had the tangy citrus cedar, plenty of brown sugar, cinnamon, light toffee, quite a bit of earthiness, and a light touch of leather. The black pepper is now at an 8, minimum. There is a lot of nice black pepper. The finish is a lot of brown sugar and a little earthiness with very good lingering black pepper. This cigar is very close to last year's version. I rated the first third 94.

Moving through the second third (58 minutes) I had the same notes but the sweetness moved up a little. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is a pronounced brown sugar, light toffee, earthiness, and very good lingering black pepper. I rated the second third 95. Again, this cigar is very similar to last year's version. In a nutshell, it's very good.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 15 minutes. The final third is just like the second third except there is more brown sugar and cinnamon with less citrus, cedar notes. I don't have anything like leather anymore. There is still some earthiness but it doesn't really hurt the cigar. The black pepper remains very good and intense. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is medium to full bodied. I maintained the score of 95. This cigar, like last year's version, is very, very good. Seek these out before they are gone!

Overall Score: 94.67

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