Comprehensive Cigar Reviews

La Aroma de Cuba

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La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor - Belicoso 5.5 x 54




I have had this cigar in the past and have always liked it.  This typically is a nice balanced flavor profile and I'm looking forward to reviewing this one.  The Mi Amor is wrapped in a San Andres habano leaf grown in Mexico with Nicaraguan long leaf filler.  Rated pretty high, and the Mi Amor is usually enjoyable, but you have to wonder if it is really better than the standard La Aroma line…? .  This is a medium to full body cigar that hopefully provides coffee and sweet notes.  Prices range from $7.00 to $13.00 depending on where you buy them and the size you prefer.  Time to get started...


Look and Feel: 

Toothy to the look and feel of the wrapper with visible but tight seams.  The veins are moderate but not overdone and the tobacco is packed fairly solid.  (Slight give)  This is a boxed pressed cigar but is not overly heavy in the hand.  The aroma of the wrapper is slightly woody but mainly straight tobacco.


Foot Third:

The opening gives you earth with a little spice and a slight butter feel and flavor to your palate.  The finish is pretty short and is a mild white pepper.  The retrohale give you very little as far a spice but you do get a little bell pepper note.  Mild cocoa and espresso flavors join the earth about half way through this third and the butter steps to the background.  The cocoa is more of a bittersweet chocolate at times with a mild cinnamon on the finish.  Overall a very nice start that is medium bodied in every way.


Body Third:

This third is brings a cocoa and creamy coffee profile that is really pleasant.  The body in flavor is medium full but the strength is medium at best which provides an extremely smooth experience.  The finish is very mild give you more of a sweet coffee note but lasts only 30 seconds or so.  Construction so far is flawless…

 

Head Third:
The last third started off like the second third but became more vegetal half way through.  Grassy earth notes with the cocoa and espresso in the background.  The finish is mainly a slightly bitter coffee and earth.  The draw has been perfect throughout and the burn has been razor sharp.  The flavor profile and strength are medium-full at most but creates for a good session of cigar smoking.   

Summary:

This cigar offered many different flavors but very mild in its transitions.  I would say it is well blended but not overly complex.  The construction was awesome…I set down the cigar twice for close to 8 minutes (running inside for something) and came back, no relight needed!  Rare and a sign of a very well-constructed cigar.  I don’t like many of the brands from the Ashton Company but La Aroma de Cuba is one that I do for sure.  The overall experience is very good and if it was more complex, this would be up near the top.  For the price, I might reach for the cheaper La Aromas but this cigar is still an excellent cigar.  Great job La Aroma de Cuba!




Look & Feel:
92


Construction:
98

Flavor & Balance:

92

Value:
92

Overall Rating:

93


 

Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

How we rate cigars?

La Aroma de Cuba is a line from Ashton Cigars that brings a more Cuban profile to non-Cuban cigar brands.  Deep earth and cedar is their signature flavors and most of this line is super smooth.  This is my favorite Ashton line.

Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.

 

Construction
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.

 

Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.


Value
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience.