Cigar Review: La Reloba Sumatra
A few weeks back I reviewed the Habano release of the La Reloba from My Father Cigars. Released in May of 2010 these cigars pretty much popped up under the radar. The Nicaraguan Puros are available in Corona, Robusto, Toro and a Torpedo. The best news is the cost of these cigars which will be under $6.50 a stick MSRP.
How does the Sumatra compare vs the review of the Habano? This is my take and I encourage you to give these cigars a try to formulate your own opinion and let us know what you think.
Cigar: La Reloba Sumatra
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sumatra
Appearance and Construction: The band of these cigars actually feature an orange background in the area that it states Sumatra, for some odd reason I couldn’t get it to photograph that way. The Sumatra wrapper of the La Reloba has a silky feel to it on the fingers and a nice amount of oils. The cigar is rolled very well and there are no soft spots. Looking at the foot you can tell there are different types of Nicaraguan tobacco used in the filler due to the marble like appearance.
Flavor & Notes: Prior to lighting up the cigar the foot served up some nice sweet tobacco notes while the draw served up some mocha notes. As we got into the cigar the first third the one thing that catches me off guard was the pepper notes which aren’t as refined as most Pepin cigars. The pepper hit me in the back of the throat and the roof of my mouth and clung there for some time despite drinking some seltzer. Just before the first third of the cigar was over I picked up some notes of coffee and a subtle chocolate. When we enter the second third the pepper notes are almost faded into nothingness but are fighting to hang out in the background. The cigar really begins to develop into a tasty stick at this point serving up notes of cinnamon, coffee, leather and wood. The final third teased with some licorice notes at the beginning before giving way to some more cinnamon and leather notes as the pepper slowly crept back into play.
Smoking Characteristics: Many of my La Reloba cigars started off with a lopsided burn but the construction really shines as the cigar self corrected every time to a perfect burn. The cigars seem to lack the age of a regular release from My Father cigars especially noted by the larger carbon line along the burn. The medium color ash held on very well despite some flake in the initial third. There was a nice volume of smoke present with a delightful aroma.
Conclusion: I really love the fact that many cigar companies are coming out with “cheaper” cigars especial since I live in NYC where the tobacco tax is about to hit 75%. This cigar is a very much a My Father cigar although it comes off as a little more raw then what you would come to expect from the cigar kingpin. Definitely worth the price and it fills the need for a Pepin fix when it hits which is often. Originally I was a bigger fan of the Habano but this cigar has become the one I find myself reaching for more, lately.
Price: $5.60 MSRP