The name of the cigar reminds me of a soccer player, or the boxer Renaldo Snipes who can be found hanging out smoking cigars all over New York City. But for me the one thing that stands out about the cigar is the fact it is produced by a home town boy, kinda. Having spent a lot of time in New Jersey over the last couple of years due to the location of my offices I have become a regular is a few local tobacconists. Over the years I ran into brand owner, Antonio Lam who is as down to earth as they come. Back at IPCPR he launched his cigar, Reinado and it has begun to show up everywhere local. According to Antonio the one thing that makes his cigar different is a unique fermentation process that he was not willing to discuss and prefers to keep a trade secret. The cigars come in 3 sizes, 5.5 x 50 robusto; 6 1/8 x 52 torpedo, and a 7 5/8 x 48 Churchill. Each size is slightly longer then the traditional vitola.
I smoked some samples from IPCPR and I was impressed, but I never reviewed one til today. While rearranging my humidor I found 2 more sticks at the bottom and decided to smoke them and compare them to the initial sample I smoked. According to the website, “REINADO® is a premium blend of Nicaraguan tobacco aged up to five years and uniquely fermented to deliver the highest quality smoking experience.” Do we agree, read on for our opinion.
Appearance and Construction: The first thing that caught my eye is the band which has some similarities to another, yet remains original at the same time. The colors of maroon and gold with a crest and a tobacco leaf in the center is very appealing to the eye. Outside of that the cigar sports a beautifully aged wrapper that glistens with oils. There are only the finest of veins present and a hint of magnesium spots on the wrapper which is usually a sign of good things to come. The cigar has no soft spots, a decent weight and the foot reveals a nice bunching. Perfect.
Flavor & Notes : I easily clipped the cap on this cigar with my Xikar scissors and prior to sparking up the foot served up a rich molasses note while the draw served up much of that same sweetness. It was easy to see this cigar has been in my humidor for over 5 months and the tobacco was firmly marinated. As I lit up the cigar I was surprised by how smooth this stick has become. There were some subtle spices and leather present before a subtle sweetness begins to emerge near the transition into the second third. As we enter the second third there are subtle cherry notes with a touch of coffee and nuts. The final third serves of notes of coffee and leather with a creamy finish.
Smoking Characteristics: While I am not sure who is making these cigars for Reinado one thing is for certain, it is exquisitely constructed. The burn was crisp and even from start to finish and the ash was was solid as they come. When I decided to ash at the half way point it was evident I could of kept this going another inch or two. The light color ash has little to no flake which is always good. The draw was ideal and the cigar produced a nice amount of smoke with a good aroma.
Conclusion: Age definitely did this cigar wonders as the strength that was present in my earlier versions was toned down. The cigar was medium with a slightly full finish and a nice profile. Reinado is a brand that should be around for some time as it definitely has all the elements going for it, taste, body and construction. On a side note early versions scored a 90, these aged versions got a 2 point bump to 92.
Disclaimer: We received samples compliments of Reinado Cigars but as always we did not let free samples sway our opinion one way or the other.