Cigar Review: New Orleans Plantation Reserve

Cigar Review: New Orleans Plantation Reserve

Size: 5.25×44, Corona

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Honduran

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 10, $42

Grade: 8.7

Today’s review was sent to me from Andy (@andym78), a good friend on Twitter. The Plantation Reserve is rolled out of the New Orleans Cigar Factory. The Factory was established in 1999 in the famous French Quarter by two families who are familiar with the industry – they have over 25 years experience and established Don Pablo Cigar Company in Las Vegas years ago. The New Orleans factory produces around 30,000 cigars each month between the two locations in the city. They produce 6 blends. The Plantation Reserve, which we are looking at today is available in 6 sizes and they are well priced at around $4-5 a cigar. To learn more you can visit the company website here.

Now, on to the toast, and thanks Andy!

Pre-light, 1.6:
The Corona Plantation Reserve is a great cigar to hold once you know the story behind it. It has a great shape to it, though it is spongy at the foot and a bit awkward at the cap. Otherwise, it is rolled well and is smooth along the seams. There are two major veins that run the length of the Corona and can be a bit distracting to the overall appearance. The aroma is of sweet honey and pipe tobacco at the cap, and as you move toward the foot some new aromas of cedar and nuts arrive. The cut is very clean and on the draw there are continued flavors of nuts and honey. Though this isn’t the prettiest cigar, the aroma and flavor is very enticing and the draw is spot on.

Burn, 1.7:
The Plantation Reserve lights well and burns straight throughout. The smoke produced is thick, plentiful, and has a very pleasant aroma. Though the cigar is a bit loose, the burn was still slower than I expected. The ash isn’t pretty by any means, but there are very few things to complain about here.

Flavor, 2.7:
The Plantation Reserve starts out great with a creamy burst that has a nice finish. The Nicaraguan flavor is evident immediately with the nice cedar and a very, very light spice that tickles the tongue. The profile through the first third is excellent. Moving into the second third, there is not very much transition, but it remains smooth and consistent with an enjoyable flavor profile. The final third shows the cream subside a bit and give a dryer profile with a slightly longer finish. Overall, there is some nice flavor transition in this mild cigar.

Overall, 2.7:
The Plantation Reserve is very well priced at under $5, especially since it is rolled in the USA. If you are looking for a solid mild smoke and happen to come across these, I’d definitely pick these up. Because of the price and the smoothness, this would easily be a box purchase for me if I was passing through New Orleans.

(Total: 8.7)