Friday, January 21, 2011

CRT/Habana Port Cigar Review #3 - La Verite 2008 Vintage Churchill

Greetings, merry mavens of maduros. Our third CRT/Habana Port cigar review is a special one. Brought to you by the creator of Tatuaje, La Verite Vintage is a tribute to the idea of creating a cigar composed of tobacco from one farm plot. Rolled in Nicaragua by the famous Garcia family (who hails from Cuba), this cigar's blend comes from their 2008 crop grown on their farm called La Estrella ("the star" in Spanish).

Click here to read more about the story behind this fantastic puro.

Our 2 CRT judges review the cigar:

Date & Time Smoked: 1/20/2011 - 4:00 PM
Brand: La Verite Vintage
Line: 2008
Vitola: Churchill
Manufacturer: My Father / Pepin Garcia
Distributor: Tatuaje Cigars Inc. / Havana Cellars
Length: 7 inches
Ring Gauge: 47
Common Shape: Churchill (Parejo)
Origin of Production: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Taste Profile (CRT #1764):
Initial Light - Nice aroma, cocoa and nuts. Lots of flavors, smooth and even burn.
1st Half - Same as before; white ash.
2nd Half - Changes to toasty flavors finished with some spiciness; changes from medium to full-body.
Final Comments - Excellent cigar with great flavors. Example of the old Cuban tradition of aging.
Strength - Medium-strong.

Taste Profile (CRT #1798):
Initial Light - Wow. Impressively clean from the first light. It reminds me of a well-aged Cuban. Light earth and a faint, faint cocoa are present. The wrapper is beautiful and somewhat toothy. There is a brilliant sheen as well. There is a triple-cap and the construction is flawless. Clean & elegant!
1st Half - Maintained the same profile with the addition of some woody notes; a bit more body present.
2nd Half - Flavors intensified and picked up strength.
Final Comments - The flavor experience and superb construction (and the ash stayed intact) imply that much care and diligence went into the production of this cigar. There was a lot of flavor but the smoke was clean; a must-buy!
Strength - Initially, it was mild-medium but by the end the strength was medium.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

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