La Aroma de Cuba El Jefe – Cigar Review
Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the brand new La Aroma De Cuba in its new size a 7 x 58. I’ve been bringing out the big guns on the reviews lately, literally. I recently reviewed the EPC Inch Natural, and maduro, and now I am reviewing another massive cigar.
The La Aroma de Cuba line is distributed by Ashton and comes in Original (red foot band), Edicion Especiale, and Mi Amor. All of the blends are manufactured by Jose “Don Pepin” Garcia in Nicaragua since 2009. Another version of the Original was taken off the market before being reintroduced in 2009. The decision to have the Garcias produce the entire line was orchestrated by the late Manny Ferraro.
The new La Aroma de Cuba size is named “El Jefe” which is spanish for The Boss. I have to admit, when holding this cigar in hand there is something that does feel boss about it. You can read our original review of this blend from when it first came out here. Plus you can compare my thoughts on the new size with Barry’s thoughts on the original.
Size: 7 x 58
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The La Aroma De Cuba El Jefe has a beautiful medium to dark brown wrapper with a bit of a reddish tint to it. The wrapper quite attractive with almost no veins, and a nice oil to it. It has the classic and appealing La Aroma De Cuba band and a secondary band that says “El Jefe”. There is also a red ribbon at the foot that was added to the Original blend sizes when it was reintroduced in 2009. If you see a La Aroma de Cuba red label without a foot band, it is from the pre-2009 release.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the La Aroma De Cuba El Jefe has notes of cocoa and coffee. The foot also has the scent of cocoa and coffee along with some hay and oak. I go with a fairly generous straight cut on the La Aroma De Cuba El Jefe and on the cold draw there are flavors of cocoa, coffee, oak, and some dried fruit.
Smoking Characteristics: The La Aroma De Cuba El Jefe kicks off with some very rich flavors of rich cocoa, coffee, dried fruit, with a little oak spice. The draw is not as loose as I expect, but the body of smoke is still medium, and the smoke is very rich, cool, creamy, and smooth. The flavors are very full and delicious, quite enjoyable. Each draw leaves a nice savory feel on the palate.
Into the second third of the La Aroma De Cuba El Jefe, the draw opens up a bit and the body of smoke becomes nearly full. Each draw is yielding the same rich, cool, creamy, smooth, delicious smoke. The flavors in this third are a bit more developed and complex. There are some notes of chocolate and a light oak spice. The dried fruit has developed a predominant cherry note. On the retrohale in this third there is a bit of a burn and I’d gauge the strength at medium to full, but closer to the full side of things.
During the final third, there is more cocoa, dried fruit, a bit of oak, and a little creamy flavor coming to the front of the flavor profile. The ash is holding firm, easily to the inch point, and isn’t flaking at all. The burn line is nearly razor sharp. The draw remains fair, providing about a medium to full body of the rich, cool, creamy, sweet, smooth smoke. The strength in this third picks up a bit becoming just about full.
Conclusion: The new La Aroma De Cuba El Jefe is certainly a massive smoke, coming in at a bit over 2 hours of smoking time. The flavors are delicious, but honestly I’d prefer one of the smaller gauge versions of the La Aroma De Cuba. I feel like the robusto size displays flavor a bit better. That being said, some people prefer larger gauge cigars longer smoking time. For them, the La Aroma De Cuba El Jefe would be perfect.
MSRP: No idea