As many of you know, Reinado was one of my surprised of the year last year on my Top Cigars for 2011. This cigar popped on the scene with very little fan fare but developed a passionate following. Using a secret proprietary fermentation process on all the tobaccos in the cigar, the cigar has a unique, very smooth flavor profile….one which I find quite enjoyable. Antonio Lam, owner of Reinado Cigars, graciously sent me a sample of his newest blend, the Grand Empire Reserva. This cigar features the same fermintation process, but uses a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper and an extra Nicaraguan filler tobacco. Here is what Antonio had to say about it:
“All Tobacco used to create this cigar has been put through the Reinado signature Unique Fermentation Process like the core blend with the inclusion of a special element. This blend has been fermented for a longer period of time and we have added an additional type of aged Nicaraguan filler that gives the blend more depth and richer undertones in the overall complexity. The well balanced flavor profile was arrived at after a several months of rigorous sampling. “We see huge potential with the Reinado Gran Reserva and it is our intention to offer it to select retailers in the coming months”, says Antonio. More details to be announced. Pre Orders are now available. “
The cigar is a beautiful, boxed pressed 5 x 55 robusto. The aroma of rich tobacco exude off the wrapper with a nice leathery, woody flavor on the cold draw. Open lighting it up, I got a HUGE blast of sugar on the tip. For awhile I was wondering if the cigar featured a sweetened cap, but wasn’t sure. That died down almost immediately but never went away which had me thinking it was an over abundance of sugar naturally on the wrapper from the fermentation process. Besides that, the cigar had flavors of rich earth, cedar, a blast of pepper which smooth out greatly after the first inch, cocoa and leather. Even though I found the sweetness on the cap cloying, the cigar and really deep, rich flavors that I thoroughly enjoyed. Check out the video for my full review.