The La Instructora line is one of those sneaky brands that doesn’t do a lot of intense marketing but rather lets the tobacco do the talking. Quietly released in 2016 and on a larger scale at the 2017 IPCPR. The line was formed by farmer Jose “Jochy” Blanco of Tabacalera Palma and Aaron Saide owner of Chatham Cigar in Midland, Mich. during a work trip Aaron had taken to Santiago in the Dominican Republic. It was by happenstance that the Perfection cigar became a brand with a Aaron having a chance run in with one of the rollers who made a cigar for him to smoke. He liked the cigar so much that he went back the next day and began working out the details for the blend with the head roller until the line was perfected. I was able to get my hands on some of the Perfection cigars and had a great time smoking them.
The look of the cigar is interesting with it’s oily red color Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper. It is fairly smooth but there is some veining to it. The seams are nice, tight and nearly invisible. The construction is firm to the touch and no dead spots could be found along the body. The cap cut easily with no damage taking place to the cigar. The smell from the body was a nice barnyard aroma mixed with a hint of sweet spices, from the foot it was similar odors only more pronounced.
The cap cut easily with no damage taking place to the cigar. The pre-light draw gave a minimal resistance but was not a struggle and gave the usual rich tobacco flavor that I prefer along with a bit of malt and sweetness. It lights easily and and the first flavors are quite spicy. The smoke production is large and medium bodied, resting well on the pallet so flavors can be extracted.
The flavors of the first half of this cigar are red pepper with a bit of earth and leather near the finish. The cigar burns well keeping an even edge and maintained its excellent construction.
The second have had a slight transition where the pepper flavor moved more to the back seat and the earthiness became more prevalent along with the addition of some coffee notes. The burn continued to remain even and there was no need to touch up the light at any point.
This was really a surprise hit for me. After having seen them in my local B&M shop for a while I was always curious to try them and glad I did. While I would describe it as a medium to medium full bodied cigar it’s profile is accessible enough to be smoked by anyone. If you have yet to try this line I would suggest going out and getting a couple because you will not be disappointed.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
Binder: Dominican Criollo 98′
Filler: Dominican Criollo 98′ Dominican Piloto
Price: $10.00 – $18.00 depending on vitola
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 pints