Wednesday, January 30, 2013
my father cigars; Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial
I have to apologize to a fellow cigar reviewer @acigarsmoker (on twitter) and to @Buckheadcigar (Buckhead cigar 300 Around lenox road NE #304 Atlanta G.A. 404-844-0400). around a year or so ago these two gifted me two toro size sticks of a blend that was unique to cigar shops only. I smoked the first one and saved the other to test later both were for reviews. As most of you know I pitched in to help GC out on his blog while also reviewing for mikesstogies.com (another realy cool dude). well shortly after receiving these cigars GC asked me to take over as site manager then wrestled me into ownership of the site (he is the gator ya know). :) With all this going on and my retirement from law enforcement iminiate guess what slipped through the cracks........
while going through my humidor and rotating my cigars I came across the remaining stick and realized oops. I f'd this up. I had told both a cigar smoker and buck head I would do a review. well here it is. first I went to the sherman wayback machine (and if you know what that is you are just as way back as i am in age......) and found my notes on my first go around; I wasn't too impressed. having said that lets see what a year of aging has done.......
This toro gordo is made with the second blend that jaime garcia created for his father don pepin Garcia. Using a blend of two different Nicaraguan tobacco,one from the oliva Tobacco company,and the other from don Pepin Garcia company itself.The wrapper is rare sungrown ecuadorian habano-Rosado wrapper.the wrapper is flawless and has a silky sheen to it while appearing to be of chewy consistancy.
1st third. the cigar is well packed and the wavy bands at the foot attest to the skill of the rollers. On ignition I was greeted with what I swore was a good shot of Bookers small batch. NIIIIICCEE! (add some base to that last stretched out word). this event lasted about an inch into the cigar when the sweet taste of knob creek arose and the bourbon and leather began to mingle with a sweetness I was really digging.
2nd third; settled into that knob creek flavor and cascaded about my pallet with strong florral notes and that ever present bourbon undertone. the burn was spot on and the ash was a chalky white with thick black banding. The draw was perfect.
the finish; walking into the home stretch I got a nice kick back up to that bookers level bourbon flavor. thick tendrils of smoke permeated the air as I plumed the smoke from my wide ass grin. yeah this was well worth the year in the humidor to age. As a matter of fact I would put this in the "put to bed" catagorie if you have a newly rolled box or individual vitolas. The aging does this smoke complete justice.
As I said before my first impressions were not impressive.however I would like to think that something told me to tuck this away and let it sit for awhile. Some smokes just say to you." I'm not ready yet". those were busy times and I couldn't say with all honesty that I thought that. judging from how it was buried though I would like to think so. So in the end I would say as the "Gator" would..... go git yer self sum! wow. thanks to acigarsmoker and buckheadcigars for a truly wondrous smoke. ALL THE BEST SMOKIN JOE.
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