Cigar Review: Jose Seijas Signature Collection

The Altadis USA website has this to say about the Jose Seijas Signature Collection…

Imagine if one man were responsible for the creation of the Mercedes Benz, the BMW, the Rolls Royce and the Lamborghini. Master cigar blender and maker José Seijas has achieved such a coup in the cigar industry having created exceptional cigars for the world’s most prestigious brands including Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann, Trinidad and many more.

Seijas Signature Series is the Master Blender’s singular vision of the ultimate cigar. Impressively, the authoritative Cigar Insider named Seijas Signature Series the best cigar made in the Dominican Republic in its December 2005 issue. Cigar Aficionado chose Seijas Signature Series as one of the 10 best cigars of 2006, and Robb Report included it among its “Best of the Best”.

Seijas Signature Series is the epitome of elegance and sophistication and makes a superlative gift for the serious smoker. As a connoisseur of fine cigars, you are cordially invited to experience Seijas Signature Series – a truly incomparable cigar from a true Master of cigar making

Cigar: Jose Seijas Signature Collection
Size: 6.50 x 48 (Perfecto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Strength: Medium

Appearance and Construction (17/20): I picked up today’s smoke at Cigar Inn located in NYC. To be honest I never heard of it, but Bas told me that they found them in the other location and that it had a few years age on it. Well, I decided to bite. The Jose Seijas Signature Collection is a dark looking cigar. The Sumatra wrapper is oily but under the light the there is some weird coloring going on but this could be due to the aging. There are a few veins that stand out and I hope they won’t cause a problem. This perfecto is rolled to perfection and the simple white and gold band reminds me of the Mi Dominicana line.

Flavor & Notes (26/30): Prior to lighting up the cigar I was a bit sad to get nothing of note from the wrapper or foot. Once I clipped the cap I could best describe the draw as a sweetness associated with Peruvian tobacco. There was also a citric like quality present. The first third of the cigar offers a very distinct profile of notes of leather, spice and wood. The second third continue along the same notes with wood becoming dominant, and some subtle sweetness begins to emerge from the Peruvian tobacco. The spice slowly fades away and the cigar becomes milder. The last third of the cigar the wood notes continue with a leather finish.

Smoking Characteristics (21/25): As with most perfecto cigars the draw started out really tough until I got past the nipple. This slow burning cigar took a long time to smoke. The burn line was perfect from start to finish, and the medium color ash held for 2″ at a time. The cigar was a tad disappointing as it did not produce a lot of smoke. Lately I prefer a stick that has a lot of smoke as I am finally learning to blow smoke rings. The draw was a bit difficult which got to be a little annoying about 3/4 through.

Overall (21/25): Not what I expected. That pretty much sums it up, for a cigar of this price point you would expect more. It does nothing to stand out, and that was disappointing.

Rating: 85
Price: $13.50