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Written by Puff Staff

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

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jaimegarcialeadToday I am reviewing the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Petit Robusto size (4 ½ x 50).  The line also comes in four other vitolas besides this one:  Robusto (5 ¼ x 52), Toro (6 x 54), Toro Gordo (6 x 60), and Belicoso (5 ½ x 52).  This blend uses tobacco from the Pepin farms as well as from the Oliva Tobacco Company and has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial is definitely a very nice looking cigar.  The band is a little large for this particular size but very attractive nonetheless. The light blue on white band gives a quality appearance without being gaudy or overstated.  The cigar itself has a dark, slightly oily wrapper with just a bit of tooth to it and minimal veins but none too prominent.  The cigar felt perfectly constructed, firm but not hard, consistent throughout, with a spot on, well made cap.


Pre light smell had a surprising amount of sweetness and a very fresh barnyard smell. I used a straight cut and single flame torch to toast the foot.  Honestly, being from the Don Pepin Garcia pedigree, I was expecting pepper, and actually a lot of pepper.  To my surprise there was none!  There was a bit of cocoa right off the bat, some woodiness, and a bit of earthiness, but nothing dominant or overwhelming.  The tobacco had a clean, fresh smell and taste to it.  I continued to puff, waiting for that pepper blast.  It never did come.


The original clean, fresh tobacco smell and taste evolved into nice dark, meaty tobacco taste, which while not overwhelming, was definitely present throughout the entire cigar.  The smoke itself was fairly light on my palate.  There was no aftertaste, no heavy, thick, lingering coating of the tongue.  The retrohale definitely delivered some spicy and peppery notes but was not over powering at all.

 

 

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The cigar was extremely consistent, taste wise, throughout the roughly hour long smoke.  I kept waiting for a flavor change and it never really came.  A bit of earthiness crept in at the end but all in all, the cigar maintained an equal balance of slight cocoa, some woodiness and a bit of earthiness from start to finish along with the dark, meaty tobacco flavor.






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