Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Falto Prominente Gran Reserva Especial


Size: 4 ½x42/47, Perfecto

Wrapper: Cameroon

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Medium-Full

Price: Box of 25, $125

Grade: 8.8

Made from a mold dating back to 1923, Luis Falto won this in an auction and quickly put it to use. Utilizing a Cameroon wrapper and Dominican binder and filler, this is a medium-full bodied cigar is intended for a quick after dinner smoke. Unique to boutique brands is the attention to detail; on this box you’ll find three dates on the production card – when the cigar began its cedar aging, when it was packaged, and when it left the factory.

This cigar is a part of the La Garita Cigar Company line, which is also a sponsor of Toasted Foot. You can view more information about them online or on their Twitter account. Also be sure to check out our other reviews, including the Falto Robusto (here) and the El Josco (here).

Now, on to the toast!

Pre-light, 1.7:
This non-banded perfecto was flawlessly rolled from head to foot with a very rustic appearance and prominent veins both horizontally and vertically. The naked wrapper is neither here nor there and I think the lack of band actually enhances this tiny smoke. The aroma on the perfecto is of sweet tobacco and peppermint. The draw is medium to loose and there are no soft spots on the cigar.

Burn, 1.8:
This Falto has a great draw with a slight bit of resistance, which is favorable considering the petite size. The burn was slow and even through the perfecto foot and into the body of the cigar. The ash held well with a slight flake through the first inch. The thin smoke never burned hot and remained cool throughout.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first third of the smoke had some subtle creaminess but was overshadowed by a very strong roast. There was no harshness to the smoke, but the flavors were very smoked, almost burnt like. The second third provided some of the peppermint noted on the pre-light draw which was a welcomed transition. Some body also arrived in this portion and the dominate profile is still roasted and leathery. The final third resembled the first very closely, with some earthy notes that are again dominated by a strong roast. Though this smoke did not possess my ideal flavor profile, the transitions were smooth and presented some great complexity to the smoke.

Overall, 2.6:
When short in time and after a nice meal, this is a good reach to, but not quite a go to for my flavor interests. Quality is definitely evident in this Falto, with a beautiful roll and a superb burn. The transitions and complexity were interesting but ultimately it lacked that bursting power that wowed you and remained stuck in unentertaining flavors. At $5 a stick, it’s not going to beat out a Short Story or an Oliva G perfecto, but it is a nice change of scenery.

(Total: 8.8)

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