Monday, July 18, 2011

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial by My Father Cigars (toro) 6x54

I've been waiting for a perfect evening to sit out in the backyard and get familiar with this stogie.  It is a beautiful cigar with a dark, oily wrapper that smells of chocolate, and is topped off with a triple cap.  Notes of barnyard on the unlit foot.  

On the light: mild pepper, black cherry.  Easy draw.  

Paired with Boulevard Brewing Co.'s ZON Belgian-style Witbier.  

1/3: After the initial pepper, things quickly went mild.  Nice leathery notes.  Slight dry mouthfeel, with which the ZON helped to fix.  Resting smoke is present.  The appearance of the ash is like a flannel gray.  With 1-1/2 inches of ash hanging on, the smoke is velvety in the mouth.  I'm getting some floral through the nose.

2/3: I ashed just past 2 inches to find a little bit of "coning" underneath.  No big deal though.  At this point, it's medium in strength, body, and flavor.  Spice makes a brief appearance before mellowing out again to that velvety, creaminess.

3/3: In the final third, the cigar transitions to a full-bodied profile.  The heat has caused the oils to surface noticeably.  Some noticeable nicotine in the final minutes.

This cigar was worth the wait.  It is much gentler than its appearance might suggest.  These are box-worthy smokes.

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