As you all know I am a self described Pete Johnson whore. If Pete releases a stick I do my best to get my hands on it. That is pretty much the deal here. According to the New Havana Cigars website, the project came about as there were many boxes lingering at the My Father factory, which were originally made for the tubos series in 2009. As luck has it, exactly 20 cigars at 6 3/4 x 42 fit in each side of the box with the tubos inserts removed.
After a few blends and some conversation New Havana Cigars had it’s house blend cigar. Made by Pete Johnson these sticks can be ordered from New Havana Cigars in 5 packs, a half box of 20, or 40. What is my verdict? Read on to find out!
Appearance and Construction: The NHC Seleccion Limitada features a gorgeous milk chocolate in color grade A wrapper that had a few small veins none of which stood out. There is an abundance of oils present on this well rolled cigar with a perfect cap. There is a slight tooth present and it feels a little bit light in the hand but there are no soft spots and slightly spongy foot.
Flavor & Notes : After I clipped the capp I put the NHC Seleccion Limitada through the pre-light ritual. The draw offered some nice notes of mocha and cedar while the foot offered the same with the cedar being a little bit less. I was eager to light this up as the size is my preferred ring gauge. After torching it and working on the first third of the smoke I was treated to a flavor bomb. By this I mean a cigar that was definitely a pleasure to the palate. As I smoked it I was treated to notes of mocha that mellowed some as the wood notes took hold. Through the nose there was some nice white pepper that brought tears to my eyes. Despite saying this it was not a bad thing at all! It totally enhanced the cigar. The second third of the cigar mellowed some in terms of flavor but what remained was incredible just the same. The wood was the focal point here as some coffee notes began to enter the picture along with some mocha and leather in the background. The final third of this phenomenal stick the coffee notes really took hold with some wood and leather on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics: I love when a cigar produces a nice volume of smoke and this stick despite the ring gauge did not disappoint. The draw was perfect and the ash held on well for the size. The burn line was a notch below perfect but my lighter was in my pocket and I never had to reach for it.
Conclusion: I admit that I am ga-ga for Pete’s product and perhaps you the reader should take that into consideration, but if you never had a cigar from Pete Johnson you should. It will change the game of cigars for you. I almost guarantee it. The NHC Seleccion Limitada which has some similarities to the new version of the El Triunfador is a solo shot of the walk off variety. A home run that sends you home happy. But it doesn’t stop here, there is a Reserva version and that review comes on Friday.