Plasencia

Plasencia Reserva Original

The Reserva Original from Plasencia had been staring at me through the glass door in one of my humidors for a while now so, I decided it was time to light it up and see what I thought. Touted by Plasencia as the first and only cigar on the market made solely with tobacco certified by the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) and in the same way Nicarao Indians did over 500 years ago. It debuted at, the then named, IPCPR show in 2017 but was originally an exclusive cigar for Famous Smoke Shop for years prior. Plasencia has been around for ages, growing and rolling tobacco for a variety of big name companies, which I touched on this in the Alma Del Fuego review written a while back, but as they continue to produce more and more blends for themselves there’s always something new to try.

Taking a good look at the cigar the wrapper is dark brown in color with small but noticeable veining and some mottling. The seams are visible but tight, it is smooth to the touch, firm when pressed and no dead spots could be found in the construction. The smell from the body was chocolate, roasted coffee beans and hay. From the foot I picked up a distinct odor of sweet dried fruit.

The triple cap cuts easily and does not damage the construction of the cigar. Of the few I smoked pre-light draw varied between light and medium in resistance. It has as a rich sweet tobacco flavor along with hints of spice.

The first third of the cigar started off creamy with a bit of spice and cedar flavors that linger on the tongue. The burn was even and it produced a fair amount of pleasant smelling light weighted smoke.

Creeping into the second third the creamy flavor stays but now I’m getting the sweeter flavors of the dried fruit noticed when smelling the foot. There is still spice and cedar on the retro hail (if you like doing that sort of thing). The burn continues in an even manner and smoke production is ample.

In the final third the flavors become a bit more difficult to describe. The cedar and spice are present but also salt and sweet when pressing the tongue to the roof of the mouth. Over all it finishes as a nice mellow smoke. The burn stays even for the duration and the smoke doesn’t fail to satisfy and fill the room.

From start to finish this was a thoroughly enjoyable cigar. As it has a medium body it’s an easy smoke and could be paired with just about anything. With its intriguing story of the tobacco used it makes this Nicaraguan puro both a great cigar as well as a novelty. Priced reasonably I would definitely recommend grabbing a handful next time you’re in your local B&M shop and see them, if you don’t see them ask them to bring them in, it doesn’t disappoint.

Wrapper – Nicaraguan

Binder – Nicaraguan

Filler – Nicaraguan

Price: $7.50 – $10.00 depending on vitola

Website: https://www.plasenciacigars.com

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 pints

Alma Del Fuego From Plasencia

Plasencia Alma De FuegoAlma Del Fuego or Soul Of Fire is the third in a line of five Alma themed cigars from Plasencia. Don Eduardo Plasencia began growing tobacco in Cuba in 1865 and has been one of the worlds leading growers ever since.  Continuing this heritage now in Nicaragua they are in their fifth generation of tobacco growing. One such area is the Ometepe island where they began cultivation in the 1990 and is where half of the filler and half of the binder leaves have come from. The reason this is important is that on Ometepe Island there are two volcanoes which have created very rare and special soil conditions leading to a great place to grow tobacco. These leave used have been aged for seven years prior to being rolled.

This boxed pressed cigar is covered in a dark brown wrapper that has a touch of mottling. There is a noticeable oily sheen to it along with thin but visible veining and the seams are tight and well hidden. It feels dense and well rolled and has just that little bit of give between the wrapper and body that a pressed cigar should have. There are odors of wet earth and leather from the body and foot and the pre-light draw is easy and has the flavors of dried tea leaves and cinnamon.

In the first half there are lots of earth notes with spicy finish. Smoke production was plentiful and medium in weight. The burn stays straight and requires no touch ups..

Moving into the second half a predominately woody flavor takes over with more of a nutty finish however the spice remains as well. Normally I don’t normal discus retrohale as I do not find a lot of new flavors and some people don’t use this technique however, in this cigar this is where I find some citrus notes so it’s worth noting. Smoke production continues to be the same and the burn never wavers.

There was never a shortage of flavor with this cigar and it truly does show the difference that well aged tobacco from Ometepe can give. Medium full in strength it makes for a great way to start your day or a nice stick to pair with a bourbon or rye in the evening with your friends.  While the price point might make you want to save these for more special occasions there should definitely be a few in your humidor at all times

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun-Grown
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: Around $13.00 – $15.00 a stick depending on vitola.
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints