Cigar Review: Placeres Reserva
Size: 5 x 50 ( Box Pressed Robusto – Estrellas )
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder and Filler: Costa Rica, Nicaraguan and Honduran
Strength: Medium to Full
Price: ~ $6.50
Behind The Stick:
For those who are not familiar with CompaÃ±ia HondureÃ±a de Tabacos and their Miami based Kuuts distribution center – I previously reviewed one of their cigars, the “Miro” and while it was the first cigar from their line I had tried – I wanted more. The name Placeres Reserva – in Spanish – means “Reserved Pleasures” and from the buzz going around facebook and twitter – this might just be the case!
The blend of the Placeres Reserva has a little of this and a little of that type setup – Nicaraguan Habano Wrapper, Costa Ricca binder and a mix of Honduran and Nicaraguan filler tobacco. While the cigar is being produced in five different vitolas ( Colosos (6 x 54), Belicosos (5 1/2 x 52), Estrellas (5 x 50), Marevas (5 x 42) and Toro Grande (6 x 60) ) I have been told that the blend is identical across all vitolas. Enough of the jabbering – onto the damn review!
To say this is a good looking smoke would be an understatement. The dark brown, almost chocolate colored wrapper carried a few hints of red that really shined when the natural sunlight hit. The oils were present but the cigar did not have that ‘glistening’ effect that some of us strive to locate. The cap was well placed and clipped easily and the foot did have a bit of give – but nothing out of the norm.
Especially for a cigar of its coloring – this cigar performed much closer to a mild/medium than a medium/full – in my opinion at least. Woody, mildly earthy and a ‘slight’ pepper hint start the cigar off and really hold true through the first half. While not overly complex as far as diversity of flavors is concerned, this cigar has a steady “like a train” build up that is just as exciting. The last third is really where this cigar shines – calling you back for more. Wood, a leather-ish type flavor mixed in with a semi-sweet honey overtone and a much needed boost in the pepper department.
I don’t know any other way to put it – this is a great cigar. The construction is top notch, the wrapper is ‘normal’ but unique in its own fashion, the flavors are well refined, rich and hearty while the price is nice enough to keep you coming back while leaving money in your pocket. I am not one to just run out and grab a box on a whim or even on a single smoke but after trying a few of these, the consistency and delivery are top notch. While you may be a little hesitant on dropping the $110 on a box, I have to recommend this one. If you have had a chance to try a Placeres Reserva please let me know what you thought!
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