Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra… Edicion Regionales 2008

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There’s something about the color of this cigar that tells you that it’s time in the humidor since 2008 has been well spent.  The slightly darker wrapper here and there reveals that oils in the tobacco during the fermentation process have been subtly altering the color and presentation of this Asia Pacifico release.  When this cigar first came on to the scene it was a nice medium strength Belicoso but had a slightly harsh final third, something that happens to many young cigars, but all that has changed with over 3 years of rest.

Pre-light draw I tasted last night had an earthy flavor mixed with a bit of woodiness and the draw offered the perfect amount of resistance, there was no wind out on the deck last night so I was hoping for a perfect burn.  The cigar started out being quite mellow and smooth, even the first few puffs, but developed into a creamy caramel profile that stayed well into the first third until a bit of citrus started to appear with a wonderful barnyard addition to the flavors.  The second third revealed some cinnamon and along with the caramel I was in Heaven.

This is a 5 1/2 inch 52 ring gauge cigar so I expected to get at least an hour and a half of slow patient smoking and I came in at just under that time.   The aroma of the smoke was beautiful in the air and I heard a few comments from a few folks that, they too, loved the smell.  I think that the Gold band mixed with the silver and red striped band decorate this 2008 gem with a great flash and class, I always get excited about cigars that are rare and in limited number.