A recent exchange with Antonio Lam brought me to the Reinado Cigars website in order to purchase some of these, as they’ve been tough for me to find. Another gift came from my good brother Matt Ross of the Cigar Federation. The subject of this review will be the box pressed robusto, which I purchased direct from the site. I didn’t buy enough…
The Reinado GER consists of a Nicaraguan select maduro wrapper, binder and filler both Nicaraguan.
Construction & Pre-Light;
The cigar is a beautifully presented box press. There were a one or two prominent veins and very slight wrapper seams. A sniff of the GER offers sweet notes, pepper, and wood. The foot gave more pepper and sweet notes that seemed a little more cocoa like. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave wood, pepper, and sweet notes.
The GER began with a wonderful mix of black pepper, light wood notes, and a sweetness that was creamy but also offered a cocoa sense to it. The first third stayed true to these flavors, the pepper being the dominant note throughout. At times the cocoa stood out a tad more yielding the more sweet dynamic but the pepper was always the most notable in this third.
The second third saw the pepper become milder and the cocoa sweetness played a more up front role. Notable as well was the wood notes which became deeper in the flavor profile. It was a really rich sensation that when mixed with the sweetness offered a wonderful creamy sensation then punctuated by the pepper giving it a nice zing.
The final third saw the pepper increase a bit but then settle to the more milder note from the second third. The wood notes were still deep yet the sweetness backed off a little. I also thought I picked up a note of leather in a couple of the cigars I smoked. Smoking this to the nub is a must, and a crime if not done so.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
In a few of the cigars the draw was a little tough in the beginning but evened out. After that it was perfect. Plenty of smoke with not too much work.
The burn was superbly sharp. It was an absolute example of perfect burn.
The ash as well was firm and held for most of the cigar. Again superb.
The Reinado GER is one for the books. The complexity of this cigar is absolutely astounding. The flavors all play a role that makes the experience a flavorful and memorable one. I would love to see what some age does to these, although I’m sure I already have an idea. The only problem I see is being able to hold onto them long enough to age. There just too good to pass by. Try them my friends, you won’t be sorry. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan
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