Wrapper: Connectictut Broadleaf
Made in: Nicaragua
Source: Self purchased
After the success with the “My Father” line, Jaime introduced in 2010 (a year later than what it was expected) his newest creation, named after him, the Reserva Especial. Like all the previous projects, this one is a work of art as well. The stick looks and feels great with its dark and velvety wrapper with only a few small veins running across. The beige, maroon, gold and blue ring, compliments the cigar and fits perfect to its name.
Only good things I have to say for the construction of this puro, it’s packed with tobacco, no soft spots at all and it has a triple cap which seems to be the Garcias signature. The aroma that comes from the wrapper is very faint and from the foot I pick up sweet tobacco. I make a straight cut, and I find the draw loose and earthy.
I fire it up and …wow. Sweet cocoa and a little cedar on the background that lasts all the way to the midpoint of the smoke. Then, the wood flavor starts picking up and slowly becomes the dominant one while the sweetness lays back and a little spice raises the strength. Going towards the end, the cigar changes character and becomes earthy, later, it will go out with no other changes.
The stogie lasted about one hour. Nice even burn with no corrections. It was producing a lot of smoke and the white ash was holding for over an inch each time. I think that the price might be a little high for the size of the cigar and that is my only complaint.
Overall, the Jaime Garcia – Reserva Especial is a very well balanced cigar that is complex and needs your attention at all times and with that price tag I recommend you do it. You should definitely give it a try next time you’ll find it on your way.