Particulares Reserva Privada

 

3-1-12 been in humidor since 5-1-11

Particulares Reserva Privada Churchill 7x 48

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Blender: Arsenio Ramos

 

Arsenio Ramos is not a name many toss out as one of the “great” blenders. His name is not often heard along with names like Don Pepin Garcia, Litto Gomez, or Hendrik Kelner. However, this is name might deserve to be more of a household name in the cigar world. He has done work blending for Alec Bradley, Illusione, Padilla, and Viaje. He focuses mostly on the science cultivation so it makes sense that his factory (Tabacalera Tropical) is vertically integrated. Much like Kelner, he controls everything from seed to smoke.

 

Thanks to Alienmisprint for getting this cigar to my door.

 

This is a large cigar. As of late, I have been tending to smaller cigars due to time constraints and of course, because I tend to like smaller cigars better. I find the flavor more interesting. Given that a toro usually lasts me 2 hours, I get bored with large smokes. I hope this is not the case with this one.

The Particulares Reserva Privada’s simple black and gold band is nothing to get excited about. It looks nice but it is very simple. The wrapper is a reddish brown with seems that are easy to see due to some mild color variation. A few dominate veins are protruding giving the wrapper a rustic look. The smell of the unlit cigar is very classic tobacco leaning slightly to hay. The lick on the cap has an oily feel on the lips with a slightly dry and sour feeling left in the mouth. The draw is coco and has a hint of a spice to it. The resistance on the draw is good.

 

I light with my usual soft flame.

the first few puffs are very woody and have a spice undertone. There is a slight sweetness that seems to transition into the spice. There is a “meaty” quality to it that I cant quite pin down. It is very light. As the cigar settles in the spice dims down, only showing up in the finish. It is more of a texture than anything. The meatiness picks up. This first third tones down quickly and smooths out nicely. The finish by the end of the first third is less spice and more spinach in quality. There is also a “mineral” quality to it. The texture is actually the low point of this cigar. It is very pulpy in nature and slightly distracting. This doesn’t really surprise me given that it is a Nicaraguan puro.

 

When this cigar is resting the smoke is almost nonexistent; almost to the point of thinking it has gone out. However, once a puff is drawn a huge volume of smoke comes out to play. The burn is good through the first third and the ash drops consistently at one inch.

 

The middle third is starting off smoother than the first third. The only flavor that really shows up that wasnt there before is a slightly “charred” flavor. It is very mild. The meaty flavor is mostly on the finish now and it is tending to lean to leather. By the mid point the spice has all but disappeared. It is just smooth and leathery-sweet with a mineral undertone. A faint coffee at times enters the mix on the finish. Through the nose is the only place where there is spice at all.

 

The final third is starting to show the strength of the cigar as medium to medium-full at most. The flavors have not changed much but they are intensifying in general. As the final third progresses, the spice starts to make a comeback. The charred flavor picks up some but not in a bad way. I am just more aware of it. The last third overall is very uneventful.

 

Burn to the nub

burn time: 2hours 30 minutes

 

Burn: 9

Draw: 9

Taste: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Construction: 9

Balance: 8

Feel: 8

Overall: 8.4 of 10

 

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~ by kuzi16 on March 1, 2012.

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