Cigar Review: Vega Fina

Size: 5×50, Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Filler: Columbian, Dominican, and Honduran

Binder: Indonesian TBN

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 25, $70 (Purchase)

Grade: 8.7

VegaFina is produced by Altadis U.S.A. and is made in La Romana’s Tabacalera de Garcia factory. This is the same factory responsible for Montecristo, H. Upmann, Romeo y Julieta, and others. Very popular in Spain and other parts of Europe, this affordable Dominican cigar was introduced on the American market in 2007. I will be honest I didn’t know what “TBN” stood for, so I did a little research and found out it stands for “Tobaco Bawah Naungan,” which means “tobacco under the sheet.”

This cigar is produced in seven sizes and is priced between $2.50 and $3.50. Churchill (7.5×50), Toro (6×50), Torpedo (6×50), Robusto (5×50), Lonsdale (6.5×43), Corona (5.75×43), and No. 5 (4×40).

This cigar was provided to us for review by one of our sponsors, AJ’s Cigar – be sure to visit them online.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Ecuadorian wrapper is smooth to the touch with some veins on the surface. Well packed throughout for the most part, I do detect a bit of sponginess at the shoulder of the smoke. The cigar feels good in the palm and seems to be well constructed. The pre-light wrapper consists of mild tobacco with some green hay and a bit of tea at the foot. The cold draw is nice and on the end of my exhale I pick up a note of dried fruit similar to raisins.

Burn, 1.7:
The VegaFina cuts well and lights evenly. The consistent colored ash holds pretty well for the most part; I didn’t have a lot of confidence in it based on the texture, but it held until my nerves gave in. The draw is a little tight to start with but opens up in the second third.

Flavor, 2.6:
The first puff on the robusto from VegaFina is of mild tobacco, but I pick up a note of caramel in the aroma of the smoke. The first third continues with the mild tobacco but is also creamy on the palate. There is a nuttiness in the mix, along with a note that I cannot identify on the finish. The cigar really opens up in the second third, draw wise and flavor wise. The profile does not move much, but the creamy and nutty tobacco is nice on the palate.  The last portion of the smoke stays the course but I do pick up just a hint of spice toward the very end.

Overall, 2.7:
As with most mild smokes, the VegaFina is not complex or full of flavor, but it is a solid Dominican smoke for less than four dollars a stick. I can see why these are a popular “go to” smoke for some people.  Though I don’t know if I will seek these out for purchase, as I do not smoke many mild cigars, I would not hesitate to recommend them to certain smokers.

(Total: 8.7)