La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo

Business called from the west side of town, so after some exhausting meetings, I stopped in at @CigarTowne, one of the friendliest cigar shops in Houston, to say hi to Cheryl, Daniel and crew, and picked up the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo by @AshtonCigar to enjoy in their comfortable and accommodating lounge.
The dark Mexican San Andres Cuban-Seed Oscuro wrapper of this 5 1/2 x 54 Robusto offers aromas of tobacco, cocoa, spice and barnyard with very few veins, creating a fantastic background for the beautifully colorful and artistically ornate red, gold, and yellow bands against the dark exterior leaf.
The soft box-press of the San Andres wrapper creates an almost Cuban-sandwich effect, bringing the Nicaraguan filler together to deliver a bouquet of rich, smooth flavors, with notes of espresso, cocoa, earth, sweetness and a hint of cedar. During the smoke, a subtle and unexpected note of peppery spice – and peppermint? wintergreen? I’m not sure which – adds a highlight to the flavors, accenting them with warmth. The acclaimed smoothness of La Aroma holds the bouquet together, rounding out the flavors, keeping any one from dominating.Shortly after lighting, the smoke profile intensity dials down, and becomes more balanced, with creamy notes of dark cocoa, earth, and nuts. Some leather and molasses notes round out the profile. Strength remains medium to medium-full, while the cigar is full-bodied and flavorful. The burn line became a bit wavy periodically, but required only 1 or 2 touch-ups. The ash held on very well.
Overall, a very good smoke. With a flavor profile that progresses through a wide range of interesting and complex flavor notes, it offers a smoke that satisfies, but doesn’t overwhelm. The only drawback was a bit of harshness that developed near the end. I would rate the cigar a 87.
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