Reinado Grand Empire Reserva Box Pressed robusto

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.

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Hello,..I´m living in Sweden and quite often buy my cigars from USA or some other foreign contry, sure, I can get my hands on pretty much any cigar-brand there is, but I enjoy trying new brand´s and not every one hit the swedish market, as far as I know, Reinado is one of those I cant optain here at home, so my question is….where can I get my hands on a box of these bad boy´s? Greatful for an answer, thank you, affe’

Ben. Great detailed review of the Reinado Grand Empire Reserve that is soon to be released. To answer your question, the sweetness off the cap is indeed the natural sugars on the tobacco. Really great that you enjoyed the rich flavors that come through. 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 taking Reinado to the next level. Thanks again…

Antonio
Reinado Cigars

Affe. Reinado has not made it to Sweden yet but will be going international as the opportunity presents itself. We are securing loyal Reinado Cigar Empire members and will expand the borders soon. Thank you for the interest and look for us to make moves my friend.

Antonio
Reinado Cigars

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