(Note: This review originally appeared on CigarJack.)
This is my first review for CigarJack, so I wanted to introduce myself to you, our loyal readers.
I was born and raised in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, but I didn’t start writing until I moved to Buffalo for college. And while I enjoyed the occasional cigar in high school, I became a more frequent smoker in college. After I graduated, I moved to Chicago to pursue a graduate degree.
A year and a half later, I’m still here. Go figure.
As far as my cigar tastes, here’s my philosophy: Give me something tasty and cheap. I generally like my cigars dark and oily, but I’ve enjoyed some lighter cigars recently. If I’m smoking a more expensive cigar, it had better be unique. And worth writing about.
Brand: La Aroma de Cuba (Ashton)
Line: N/A (La Aroma de Cuba?)
Wrapper: Cuban seed Honduran
Filler: Cuban seed Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos
Box Price: (Don’t know what you use as a standard. Feel free to fill it in.)
Now for the review: I picked up a couple Aroma de Cuba robusto cigars during my last trip to Binny’s. I heard they were decent cigars, but I won’t lie — I liked the band. It’s pretty damn cool-looking.
The cigars I purchased looked and felt good, but once I lit them up, I found that both were actually quite difficult to draw, which surprised me a bit. (I used a punch for one and my cutter for the other.) Also, I found the cigars burned a bit unevenly, which normally wouldn’t bother me, but it made the cigars a bit unstable.
Aroma de Cuba had a warm, nutty aroma and flavor. It may have been just me, but the Aroma de Cuba blend is seemed to taste like pistachios. Go figure. It wasn’t a bad thing, per se — just, well, unexpected.
Anyway, when I got down to the second half of the cigar, it opened up, giving me a nice spicy taste.
Verdict: La Aroma de Cuba has a good reputation for being a tasty, well-rounded cigar. I’m thinking maybe I got a bit of bad luck with the two sticks I bought.
Similar cigars: Punch Rare Corojo