I just spent most of the weekend doing some remodel work on the kitchen. With that said I wasn’t able to put together a full blown review, but I did get a chance to smoke the La Escepcion Edicion Limitada 2009 and write down a few notes for you. Since I’ve only had two of these cigars I figured a “First Impressions” review would be most appropriate.
Name: La Escepcion Edicion Limitada 2009
Company: General Cigar Co.
Made in: Honduras
Wrapper: Habano Talango
Binder: Nicaraguan Ometepe
Filler: Nicaraguan Ometepe
Vitola: Excepcionales (5 1/2 x 50)
The La Escepcion comes dressed in a rustic and dark reddish brown wrapper. I classify the wrapper as rustic because of the various veins and the overall rough texture of the leaf. The coloring of the wrapper was generally uniform, however, it lightened towards the edges of the veins. The tobacco felt as though it had been bunched evenly, making me think that the draw would be acceptable. Construction wise the La Escepcion seemed promising with the exception of the cap, which was sloppily placed on the cigars and had not been trimmed evenly. One squeeze with my cutter and most of that flaw was gone. The pre-light draw was right on point with what I like. The pre-light aroma was heavy on the barnyard with a little sweetness coming from the foot.
Smoke and Burn
The La Escepcion starts of with a bold and full-bodied mix of earth and coffee. Approximately one half inch into the cigar I began to pick up on strong black pepper notes on my palate and through the retro-hale. The draw was perfect and produced tons of thick white smoke. The cigar started burning straight, but the more I smoked the burn line began to get crooked. The core flavors of earth coffee and black pepper remained through out the entire cigar, but I found that they varied in strength. In addition to the slight flavor strenght changes, I began to pick up on a sweet nuttiness at about the halfway point. This sweetness offered a nice balance to the otherwise bold flavors. In the final third of the cigar, the burn line began to straighten back out. By the time I sat the cigar in the ashtray it was burning perfectly straight.
I thought that the La Escepcion was a fairly solid cigar. The flavors were bold but lacked balance. Although the sweet nuttiness provided some balance, the other flavors were just a little too strong. Even with the lack of balance I thought this was an enjoyable cigar, and believe I would smoke it again. I do think that some aging would create benefits down the road for the La Escepcion. Perhaps the bold flavors would mellow out some, and reveal a few more flavors to balance out the equation.