Size: 6.50 x 48 (Perfecto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder and Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Price: ~ 13.00 usd a pop
Behind The Stick:
If you are a fan of the Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upman or Trinidad lines I’m sure the name you have all heard of would be Jose Seijas who is â€œel jefeâ€ of Tabacalera de Garcia. Well, the signature series is the master blenders ultimate vision of the perfect cigar. I know this is an older cigar in the review world, Cigar Aficionado gave it the prestigious title of ‘One of the 10 best cigars of 2006’ amongst several other podcasts and review sites who have given this cigar some really impressive ratings. Lets see if The Cigar Nut feels the same as the others! If you want to learn a bit more about Jose Seijas himself I highly suggest giving this CA article on Jose Seijas a read.
p.s. – forgot to photograph the damn things before/during smoking so – enjoy the borrowed pics haha!
This cigar is just about as flawless as they come. Evenly packed, cap was well placed and the wrapper appears to have been rolled so well it looks like a solid mold rather than a single leaf. I couldn’t find any issues with veins or soft spots but like so many other cigars – the band removal proved to be a challenge. It did not cause any damage to the cigar but I was able to ‘remove’ the top layer of paper, the remainder still attached to the cigar by a large amount of glue. Son – of – a – bitch.
This is one of those cigars that just creep up on you. An enjoyable semi-sweet ‘tinge’ on the tip of my tongue. Right from the beginning a great leather, wood and mixed spice hits the ground running – I swear I tasted citrus more than a few times giving a great balance and diversity to the flavor profile. After the cigar had some time to warm up, the sweet leather flavors really gave way to more wood – defined cedar-ish type flavor with the original spices from before maintaining its original intensity. Going past the half way mark and getting into the ending portion of the cigar, this sweetness and spice all but disappear, the cigar taking a dramatic cycle of ‘toning down’ – unlike many cigars, near the end this one got smoother!
If I was just walking through my local B&M or searching online and I came across this cigar, honestly – I think I would keep going. Not because of what I heard (which was very little before I smoked these), not because they are over the $10.00 price spot – but to be honest, the band and packaging is really quite plain and… well its boring. That being said, maybe there are 100 different reasons for that, but I’m not smoking the packaging – but I did wish for something a bit cooler haha!
As far as the smoke itself, I was really impressed. The flavor profile went right up my alley and was complex enough to go well with some scotch but not so complex that I had to devote all my attention to the cigar so I wouldn’t ‘miss’ anything. Would I buy a box of these? They were good enough to fit into the ‘if its a good price – grab it’ but its not a cigar that I would openly pay a premium to acquire. Definitely worth picking up a 5 pack – Smoke some and let me know what you think!
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