Review: La Aroma de Cuba El Jefe
Updated: Oct 22, 2020
The Series from La Aroma de Cuba is one of the go to for premium – medium bodied cigars. Made by ASHTON and blended by Jose “Don Pepin” Garcia, this series is a wonderful and elegant blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos. The binder and filler were perfectly aged with a sweet Nicaraguan Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, rested, and sent to the public for enjoyment. There are a few sizes in this series, in the review, we will discuss “El Jefe”. A stunning 7 x 58, this smooth and creamy cigar will fulfill every sense.
Rating: 93 (Top 25 Cigars 2006 by Cigar Aficionado)
Profile: Smooth, Medium bodied
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Connecticut Broadleaf
Shape: Double Corona / Gordo
Pricing: MSRP $178.80 per box
With this cigar, I smoked two in order to make a proper review. Out of the box, the cigars
were fragrant, oily and spongey to the touch. The second cigar remained as fresh just like out of the box, but I noticed the fragrance was different. The smell was much sweeter, smoother and a robust roasted coffee was in the air.
As I do with larger gauge cigars, I left both sticks out for a few minutes to acclimate to the
environment. I inspected the cigars and inhaled a sweet aroma; the wrappers are smooth and oily. I noticed a firm yet spongey mouth feel with I placed them in my mouth.
Lighting, Draw, and Burn:
Since both cigars came from the same box, this experience was relatively similar. Both had an exceptionally smooth pre-draw, hints of chocolate/cocoa, cedar and kind of an earthy flavor. The closest term I could use to describe it would be like a mushroom/earthy/woodsy flavor.
Once lit, the dynamic totally changes, although the Chocolate flavors remain, the woodsy/earthy flavors take a back seat to a dark roast coffee flavor. Sweet preface with a slight bitter finish, much like a black cup of coffee. This is a cigar that I’d have a cup a coffee with or if you’re out at a bar, Kahlua ®.
Rothchild: 5 X 50
Robusto: 5.25 x 54
Corona: 5.5 x 44
Belicoso: 5.5 x 52
Immensa: 5.75 x 60
Monarch: 6 x 52
Churchill: 7 x 50
El Jefe: 7 x 58
Double Corona: 7.5 x 54
Rest: First cigar – 2 days, Second cigar – 5 months
Cutter: Cigar Punch
Lighter: Soft flame, butane lighter
This is a great smoke, make sure you have some time to relax to enjoy, you’re going to be
there a while. Pair with a cup of coffee or a whiskey to bring out additional flavors. For the price, this stick offers elegance and dependability in flavors.