Cigar Review: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012

Cigar Review: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012

Size: Toro (6 1/2″ x 52)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Shade-Grown Connecticut

Binder: Nicaragua (Cuban seed) Pele de Oro

Filler:  Nicaragua (Cuban seed)

Strength: Medium

Price:  $16 MSRP

Grade: 9.0

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Last year My Father Cigars released a 3,700 box limited edition run of the popular Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial.  The limited Edition features a rare Pele-de-Oro binder and came in 16 count boxes with 15 broadleaf wrapped cigars and one cigar with shade grown Connecticut wrapper.  The 2011 JG LE was highly regarded and found it’s way on many internet top 25 lists and a spot on The Robb Report’s best of the best list.

For 2012, My Father Cigars reversed the 15+1 scheme and released 1000 boxes featuring 15 of the shade grown Connecticut wrapped cigars accompanied by a single Broadleaf wrapped version.

On a personal note, I love when manufacturers showcase a blend with multiple wrappers, it really allows the smoker to experience the dynamic influence the wrapper presents to the cigar’s flavor profile.

But enough about that, let’s toast the foot.

Pre-Light:  (1.8)  The JG LE 2012 is a great looking cigar.   The Connecticut wrapper is a bright golden hue.  The wrapper is smooth, almost sleek to the touch, with a bit of mottling, and several noteworthy veins.  The LE, as is often the case with cigars manufactured by My Father Cigars, has a perfectly applied triple cap.

The JG LE 2012 sports a double band, the upper band signifies the Reserva Especial line, while the secondary band denotes the limited edition.  On one of the samples smoked, the band had too much glue and caused sections of the frail wrapper to come off.

The scent off the foot offers scents of honey, hay, and a faint graham cracker note.  The pre-light draw featured more graham cracker, a noticeable sweetness, and a hint of floral note.

Burn: (1.9)   The JG LE 2012 had a fantastic open, but not loose draw.  The burn line was crisp through most of the smoke with a few self correcting jagged moments.  The JG LE 2012 burned cool and smooth through the nub.  The white ash held on well and came off cleanly on consistent 3/4″ intervals.

Flavor:  (2.6)  The 2012 Jaime Garcia Limited Edition opens with a much more subdued classic “Pepin” spice which is quickly relegated to the background.  The flavor profile really takes off with a sweet, creamy butterscotch and cedar.  There is a mild persistent pepper that hangs around in the background but it’s much milder than what regular My Father smokers are accustomed to.  After the first inch the woodsy notes and the pepper pick up a little.  Body is mild through the first third.

Through the second third the JG LE 2012 is incredibly smooth, and creamy, with sweet butterscotch and woodsy notes.  The pepper continues to remain in the background.  Both the sweet butterscotch and the pepper are present when passed through the nose. The smoke has a nice complexity to it and the finish is smooth.  Body is hovering closer to medium.

Smoking through the final third and the JG LE 2012 and the flavors remain consistent.  There’s a nice balance between the background pepper, the creaminess,  and the sweetness and butterscotch in the forefront.  The JG LE 2012 finishes off at the lower range of medium bodied.

Overall: (2.7)  As I mentioned in the intro, I love when manufacturers decide to showcase different wrappers on a blend.  If you smoked last years release and didn’t try the Connecticut wrapped then you are in for a very different smoking experience.  The 2012 is classic shade grown Connecticut in it’s profile, creamy, sweet, mild to medium bodied, with just enough pepper to satisfy the typical Pepin fan,

Total: 9.0