Recently My Father Cigars released a new cigar exclusive to New England. It is called the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Connecticut New England Edition. The new cigar uses the same wrapper as the Jaime Garcia Limited Edition 2011, and used the same blend as the regular Jaime garcia Reserva Especial which I have reviewed here. You can follow My Father Cigars on twitter (@myfathercigars), make sure to check them out to stay up to date on everything they are doing. You can also follow (@cigarjermey) who is handling the release of the New England exclusive.
Size: Toro 6 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Jaime Garcia New England Edition has a generous triple cap, and is solid with no soft spots. The one I smoked for review had no construction flaws. The wrapper is a very beautiful light brown, silky smooth to the touch, with some visible veins.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper has notes of sweet hay, and nuts. The foot of the Jaime Garcia New England Edition has notes of hay, earth, and coffee. The cold draw has flavors of sweet hay, and nuts.
Smoking Characteristics: The first draw had flavors of rich hay, and a light spice. During the first third there are notes of sweet creamy nuts, hay, and earth. The smoke is very sweet, dry, cool, and rich. There is also a light cedar spice in this third, which compliments the other notes in this third. The burn and draw are both excellent, each draw produces a full body of the cool smoke.
During the second third the sweet nutty flavor really takes over the flavor profile, but the notes of creamy nutty hay, and light cedar remain during this third. The flavors are very well blended and delicious, but medium in intensity. The draw is still excellent, each puff producing a full body of the cool, rich, sweet, dry smoke.
Into the final third the flavors all blend in, and present themselves fairly evenly. They mingle together perfectly, but the cedar spice has subsided. The flavors pair together perfectly. There has still been no issue with the draw or burn.
Conclusion: The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial New England Edition was an excellent mild cigar. It has all of the classic Connecticut flavors, but much better blended than ones I’ve smoked in the past. Out of all the sizes I’ve tried at this point the petite robusto was the size I enjoyed the most. I feel it is worthy to note that on the Toro Gordo (6 x 60) the draw is somewhat tight during the first third of the cigar. Yet the toro is the one I decided to review since it is the vitola I generally prefer, and it is still an excellent cigar in that size. For the mild smoker I would recommend this stick any day, the flavors are excellent, well blended, and enjoyable.