Cigar Review: Savinelli Extremely Limited Reserve

Cigar Review: Savinelli Extremely Limited Reserve


Size: 5×49, Robusto

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Mild

Price: $12

Grade: 9.2

Savinelli has been around since 1876 and is world renowned for their pipes. In 1994, however, they released their first cigar, the Extremely Limited Reserve, made by the masters at Arturo Fuente. They have released several other lines since, but the ELR is still in production and distribution.

The ELR is available from a few places online, though not in every one of the 7 sizes, which are as follows:

  • #1 Churchill – 7.25X48 (natural and maduro)
  • #2 Corona Extra – 6.63X46 (natural only)
  • #3 Lonsdale – 6.25X43 (natural only)
  • #4 Double Corona – 6.00X50 (natural and maduro)
  • #5 Xtraordinaire – 5.50X44 (natural only)
  • #6 Robusto – 5.00X49 (natural and maduro)
  • #7 Belicoso – 6.00X49 (natural only)

The samples for this review were sent to us gratis by Jon at Savinelli. Now, on to the toast.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Connecticut wrapper on the Limited Reserve is a bit more rustic than I’m accustomed to seeing on these wrappers – along the seams there is some color variation, there are a few raised veins, and a general leathery exterior. It is a little soft toward the foot and the triple cap is a bit crooked, but in between the foot and cap it’s in good shape. The aroma is excellent, with citrus and honey at the foot, and more barnyard aromas toward the head. On the draw, the citrus and the barnyard come through strong, and the pull is nice and open.

Burn, 2.9:
The opening draw produced a thick billow of smoke and showed an easy, open draw. The ash holds fairly well considering the open draw, and the burn line is straight throughout – the cigar requires no attention and burns cool to the nub.

Flavor, 2.8:
On the first draw, the flavor is incredibly creamy and thick with an underlying woodiness that most resembles cedar and pencil wood. Moving into the second third, the flavor is still rich and creamy with buttery notes, continued wood, and a slight bit of barnyard. The profile on the ELR is incredibly smooth and pleasant with a long, thick, and creamy finish.


Overall, 2.8:
This is a solid smoke and may be one of Arturo Fuente’s better Connecticut cigars, right up there with the JC Newman  Diamond Crown. At $12 I feel it is priced right and I wouldn’t mind paying that for a special evening. Though it wasn’t a beautiful cigar, the construction was spot on and the flavor was excellent throughout. I’m not sure how readily these are available, but if you see one and you’re looking for a smooth, mild cigar, I’d encourage you to pick one up.

(Total: 9.2)