A great BOTL gifted one of these to enjoy so I decided to review it.
This was part of a vintage cigar private sale that we had the opportunity to participate on.
This is a Laguito No. 2 vitola that came in a 25 count unvarnished Semi boite nature box. These were only available for a short period. They were released in 1976 and were discontinued in the late 1970s. What a treat to smoke.
Let’s see how this is progressing…
The wrapper is a lightly honeyed hue of brown that has that old, vintage, paper thin finish to it. A sign of a tobacco strain that is no longer in use. Aromas of hazelnut, cream, mocha, vanilla wafer and roasted nuts emanate from the wrapper.
The construction is excellent. Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The pig tailed triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.
A delicate twist from my Siglo multi punch and we are ready for action…
The draw is perfect. Nice airfow with a slight resistance.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are: hazelnut, cream and touches of roasted nuts
Time to take this to the flame…
Pure, clean tobacco taste that you can only experience in a vintage cigar IMHO. Brazilian nuts, honey, fruity tangy notes, earth and touches of eucalyptus and oolong tea to start. Very complex and balanced. The strength is at a medium level.
The draw is perfect and copious amounts of smoke billow from the cigar. The burn is perfect and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ white with grey inflections.
The retrohale brings oolong tea, earth, eucalyptus and floral notes that move seductively through the nasal passages.
The after finish is killer. Smooth, subtle and delicious. The medium level strength allows the flavours to dance on the palate. Floral notes, earth, Brazilian nuts, with hints of spice, eucalyptus and tangy fruit. Just beautiful. Very unique flavour profile. Comforting and makes you sit back with each draw and enjoy the flavours…..
Wonderful interplay within the flavour profile. Floral notes, earth and leather, combined with dried fruit notes, eucalyptus and Brazilian nuts.
The retrohale has changed slightly. More emphasis on the fruity/floral notes and leather move effortlessly through the nasal passages.
The after finish is just incredible. Lots of nuance within the flavour profile as the medium strength level allows floral notes, dried fruit, eucalyptus, roasted nuts and earth to gently envelop the palate however each draw sees a different dominant flavour that is complimented by the others. Complex and refined with no harshness to speak of. Insanely good…
Roasted nuts, leather and earth move up the flavour continuum while floral notes, fruit overtones and eucalyptus move down. Richer now even though the strength continues to be at a medium level.
The retrohale is equally richer with more emphasis on the earth, roasted nuts and leather that move with swagger through the nasal passages.
The after finish has evolved to more stronger yet sophisticated experience. Leather, earth and roasted nuts envelop the palate, supported by eucalyptus, floral notes and fruity twang. Nice evolution and keeps you focused through the experience. Firing on all cylinders…
This cigar is just magnificent. The cigar has really benefited from time. Nice evolution of flavours throughout the cigar.
The interplay within the flavour profile are subtle at times and more deliberate at others.
This is a great example of why some cigar smokers crave vintage cigars. The experience so significantly different to that of smoking recent production or even aged cigars. Thank you to the great BOTL who allowed me to experience this…..