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Quick Smoke: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition Connecticut

18 Sep 2011

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

The broadleaf-wrapped Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011 is, in addition to a mouthful to say, a pretty limited release. This version featuring a shade-grown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is 15 times rarer, as every box of the the LE 2011 has 15 cigars with the broadleaf wrapper and just one of these, which reportedly will be the limited edition release in 2012. The toro has perfect construction, as I’ve come to expect from Garcia’s cigars. The cigar features medium-bodied flavors that start out with some bitterness, but soon develops into a balanced, well-rounded flavor profile with nuts, honey, cedar, and spice. It’s remarkable how different this cigar is despite having the exact same blend except for the wrapper. Ultimately, like the broadleaf version, the price ($16) is the biggest detractor, and while I prefer the more readily available version to the 2012 incarnation, it isn’t a cigar you should avoid.

Verdict = Hold.

Patrick S

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