This is a review of the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial by My Father Cigars. My Father Cigars started in 2008 by Master Blender Jaime Garcia. In 2009 the Garcia Family Industrial Park in Esteli, Nicaragua had its grand opening. This seven-acre complex houses the My Fater Cigars, S.A, Tabacalera “La Estrella”, and CAPUNICSA. The state of the art factory consists of over 700 employees, all working with the tobacco from the time that is is harvested, to the time that it is packed and shipped out to our retailers. Jamie Garcia, President of the company, personally supervises all operations in Esteli to ensure that only the best tobacco is delivered to the consumer. Continuing with the tradition of his father, Jose Garcia also known as “Pepin,” Jaime has created eight lines of cigars and limited editions. You can follow My Father Cigars on twitter (@MyFatherCigars).
Size: Robusto 5 1/4 x 52
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial has a beautiful dark brown Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The wrapper is slightly toothy, and has a light oil shine to it. The cigar I sampled had no visible defects or soft spots.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper has notes of sweet molasses, and hay. The foot of the cigar has a sweet cocoa scent, molasses, hay, and earth. On the cold draw the flavor is very rich, sweet, and creamy, but not extremely distinct.
Smoking Characteristics: The first draw hits me right away with a rich oak spice leaving a slight tingle on my palate. Along with this tingle a rich dark chocolate, and hay flavor lingers on my tongue. During the first third the flavor consists of a rich oak spice, sweet cocoa, hay, and a light earthy flavor. A rich bittersweet chocolate flavor is introduced before moving into the second third, but not quite immediately. The smoke is cool, full, and rich. The draw and burn are both ample, an good smoke so far.
As I burn my way into the second third the bittersweet chocolate becomes the most intense flavor. The notes of hay, oak, and earthiness remain, but the hay is no longer a spice, just a flavor. The notes all come together in a very enjoyable blend. During this part of the smoke my lips start to tingle slightly, an oddly pleasant sensation. The strength is a solid medium, and a bit of a buzz starts to set in.
Into the final third the bittersweet chocolate is still the most prominent flavor, but a light berry flavor surfaces. The notes of cocoa, hay, and earth remain, but the oak flavor has completely faded away. After each draw the rich cocoa and berry flavors remain on my palate. The draw has remained even, providing me with a full body of the rich, smooth smoke, but the smoke has warmed slightly. The burn needed one correction towards the end of the smoking experience.
Conclusion: The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial is a fantastic medium strength smoke. As a maduro smoker I sometimes tire of the coffee, and latte flavors that are so common in maduro wrappers. The Reserva Especial was a nice change of pace, while it was sweet, it was not overly so, and the oak flavors blended extremely well with the sweetness. When the oak flavors faded I was treated to an excellent berry fruity flavor that provided an excellent finish to the smoke, and a great overall experience.