Just read an article on this smoke on cigaraficionado.com that the price point will be around $6-$7.50 per stick.... works for me.
Review: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial (Prerelease)
[UPDATE: These cigars have just been released, and they are now selling for about $7 per cigar (see here)~.ed]
For those of you that don’t know…
The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial is a new cigar blended entirely by Jaime García, son of cigar legend José “Pepín” García, and was debuted at a event at at the Cigar Inn in New York City on Saturday, December 12, 2009. Only 100 boxes were available at the event, and it will be a limited cigar when released in the Spring of 2010, packaged in boxes of ten with an MSRP of about $250.
But enough of that, let’s get down to business, shall we?
- Cigar Reviewed: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder: Ecuador
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Size: 6 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 56
- Vitola: Toro Gordo
- MSRP: $25 (Boxes of 10, $250)*
- Date to be Released: Spring 2010
*Event Price, not regular production.
The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial is a gorgeous looking cigar, with a dark brown wrapper that smelled of chocolate, cinnamon and tobacco. It has a fairly rough looking wrapper with a few bumps here and there. It looks almost leathery and shows very little oil at all. It is also very spongy when squeezed, exhibiting quite a bit of give.
Immediately after lighting and taking a few puffs in the First Third, I was greeted with the following combination of flavors: black pepper, leather, a touch of coffee and a strong dark chocolate, almost, but not quite, bitter chocolate. The four of these in combination was a very nice way to start a cigar.
The Second Third of the cigar started out much the same, or rather, stayed the same, but right around the middle of the second third, I noticed that there was much more of a sweet flavor that had creeped in. Perhaps as if the chocolate, that was still very present, had gone from a dark chocolate flavor to more of a sweeter milk chocolate flavor, if that makes any sense. There was also just a bit of spice I noticed on the back of my tongue.
The Final Third had much of the same flavors, but I also tasted the distinct flavor of cinnamon, and the chocolate was almost replaced by a strong coffee flavor. I was easily able to nub it, and it never got hot at the end.
- Although there was some pepper and a bit of spice present during the smoke, this cigar never rises above the “medium” level.
- The wrapper seemed to be where the pepper and spice was present, and the filler seemed to be quite a bit more mild.
- If this cigar is released in different sizes, I would love to try it in more of a Corona Gorda, or even a Lancero, which I think would combine what this cigar has to offer in the best ratios to really make it shine.
- The burn was great for the whole stick, but the draw was a bit loose, which is not unusual for a cigar with a large ring gauge.
- Final Smoking Time was 1 hour and 50 Minutes.
The Bottom Line: I really enjoyed the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial for what it was, a medium strength smoke with a great combination of flavors. I wish there was just a bit more pepper or spice in the smoke, and I hope it is released in different vitolas, as I think that would really help the flavors that were present shine a bit more.
Final Score: 89