Habanos Specialist Exclusive San Cristobal Torreon Jar

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A Easter Sunday without a cigar on the back deck just wouldn’t be right so I’m thinking that since this is a special day, then a special cigar is warranted.  This Geniales, or Robusto Extra appeared on shelves of Habanos Specialty shops in 2013 but this cigar which came in a beautiful pale yellow jar with an ashtray top was initially released in 2012.  Once again I’m relieved that The Vancouver Cigar Company’s status has been changed so it’s loyal patrons can have access to cigars which are usually reserved for La Casa Del Habanos outlets exclusively.

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This will be a cigar that will last a while since it has a length of 5.9 inches and a ring gauge of 54, I’m expecting 1 1/2 hours of smoking time Easy!  Initial thoughts on construction were nothing short of amazement.  Perfect feel through the length of the cigar, smooth colorado claro wrapper, exquisite triple cap and after clipped this cigar, although firm, had a perfect effortless draw.  Pre-light draw revealed a mild mild flavour of hay, woodiness and subtle barnyard notes with a hint of black tea on the finish.  With two wooden matches I toasted the head and then ran into no trouble at all with getting this cigar lit.  First few puffs were very entertaining, I thought for a moment I was smoking a Trinidad with it’s cedar and spice but that was tamed down within a  few moments when a beautiful muskiness appeared letting me know that I was now smoking pure Cuban Heaven.

Cedar and honey seem to be prevalent in the first third, slight powdered chocolate appear as well but very slight.  I’m enjoying every puff and have to remind myself that when I hurry and smoke quickly a lot of the subtlety gets lost in the flavour profile, I have to take my time and keep the flame cool.  Quite often I enjoy letting a cigar rest in my humidor for at least a few months before lighting but this cigar has all of the maturity and smoothness of a cigar way beyond it’s youth.  The burn is razor sharp and I’m seeing that the second third is now letting me taste a bit of black coffee notes mixed with cedar and honey. None of the spice that I detected early on has re-appeared, only a sweet cedar base which is stubbornly staying in the forefront.

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Entering the final third I’m tasting a darker woodiness in the flavour profile, the sweetness is slowing down now and a darker coffee is elbowing it’s way into the forefront.  Stubborn ash finally fell away and a perfect cone appeared, telling me once again how much care was given during the construction.  Since the Ligero leaves from the top of the tobacco plant burn more slowly due to more mineral content,  their presence in the center of the cigar gives you this cone effect when your ash falls off.  The end of this Robusto Extra’s life in the final third is as enjoyable as the first and second, no harsh flavours and no nicotine buzz.  The sweetness I experienced in the beginning is still there when I let the flame cool,  so much is revealed when you take your time.

Only 2,000 of these jars were released, this cigar will not last long on the shelves since I’m of the belief that collectors will be buying up most of what they find in shops around the world.  I feel lucky to be smoking this cigar and lucky that the weather is allowing me to have a perfect smoking experience!

H.Upmann Connoisseur A at Vancouver Cigar’s Anniversary Party

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This upcoming Saturday, April 12, the Vancouver Cigar Company will be celebrating it’s first anniversary at the Autoform location.  This isn’t the first cigar theme event that has been held at Autoform, this past year has witnessed many such gatherings and the attendance seems to be growing.

So far the replies and confirmations from Vancouver cigar lovers reveals that this Saturday’s party will be the biggest yet.  Vancouver Cigar will be handing out to all in attendance an exciting new cigar from H. Upmann, the Connossieur A.  Shipments of this new Cuban cigar are finally now appearing at Habanos Specialists and La Casa del Habanos cigar shops worldwide.  Nothing, in my opinion, pairs better with a great Cuban cigar than a beautiful Scotch Whiskey so Saturday will also be seeing Vancouver Cigar giving samples of two fine single malts, a 10 year old Highland Park single malt and The Macallan Gold.

My curiosity got the better of me and I decided to smoke one of these cigars this afternoon,  I know I’ll smoke one again in a few days but I want to see if there’ll be any differences in flavours the second time around.  A great aroma came out of the slide lid box and I noticed this is a very well made cigar with a smooth wrapper and a firm feel throughout.

After clipping the cap I was pleased to see the draw was perfect and pre-light notes were of a light fresh hay, barnyard and subtle notes of black tea.  This Genios size cigar, 5 1/2 inches long and a ring gauge of 52 is marketed to those who want a larger ring gauge but at a manageable length for a slightly shorter smoking time.

First third started off with white pepper and wet cedar mixing with bean notes of chocolate and vanilla.  This cigar started off in a very complex manner, the first third made this a very exciting cigar to smoke, it was sweet and reminded me more of a hybrid between a Magnum 50, a bit of H.Upmann No 2 and the ’09 release of the Magnum 48.  I love sweet notes in a cigar,  usually you’ll get this with a younger cigar and H. Upmann will deliver this more often than not.  This cigar, because of the great draw and proper humidity in the Vancouver Cigar Company’s humidor, gave off great clouds of sweet smoke.  The aroma in the room was also pure classic Cuba. When this cigar burned to the halfway mark, the sweetness continued but then a leather and woody profile entered into the smoking experience, bean flavours appeared less frequently and the final third settled into a powerful cigar with loads of attitude.  I’m guessing that it’s due to it’s age, this Connossieur A from Upmann will continue to smoke well and impove daily, a young cigar can also give the smoker dizzying effects from generous amounts of nicotine but I saw no reason to be concerned with this cigar giving anyone any trouble as far as thats concerned.

This Saturday will be a great celebration with good friends, cigar aficionados trading opinions about an exciting new release from Habanos and the Vancouver Cigar Company showing their gratitude to a loyal following by hosting yet another wonderful event at Autoform.