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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

Length:7 inches

Gauge: 58

Country: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua


Pricing: MSRP $178.80 per box

First Impression:

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.

Pre-Smoke Ritual:

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 ®.

Sizes Available:

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

My Preference:

Rest: First cigar – 2 days, Second cigar – 5 months

Cutter: Cigar Punch

Lighter: Soft flame, butane lighter

Final Thoughts:

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.

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