La Herencia Cubana CORE


La Herencia Cubana CORE corona (5 x 42)

Wrapper: Habano Ecuador sun-grown ligero
Binder: Esteli Habano viso
Filler: Esteli ligero, Jamastran ligero, Pennsylvania Broadleaf, Nicaraguan Ometepe ligero

Blender: AJ Fernandez


Thanks to Ken Light for getting this cigar to my door.

Given that the wrapper is a ligero leaf my usual concerns about combustion apply. However, given my experience with AJ blends and knowing the care he takes in his fermentation process, my mind is set a bit at ease. For those that may not know, the ligero leaf is left on the plant longer than all the other leaves when using the “priming” harvesting method. This leaves them in the sun longer giving them time to grow thicker and richer. The trade-off is a leaf that does not burn as well. Usually the ligero leaves are a part of the filler. Not only are they they part of the filler, but they are in the center of the filler surrounded by leaves that will help them burn. They still burn slower than the other leaves and you are left with a cigar that will have a cone shape “cherry”if you smoke it at a normal pace.


What is also interesting about this blend is that a new found wrapper leaf is being used as a filler. PA Broadleaf has been used as filler and binder for quite some time but AJ Fernandez found a way to make it a good wrapper and put it on the map as such (Man o War Puro Authentico Maduro, 5 Vegas AAA, Diesel). Now we find this “wrapper” in the filler again.


The other very notable leaf int his blend is the Nicaraguan Ometepe Ligero. Ometepe is one of the finest growing regions in Nicaragua. Tobacco from this region is difficult to acquire, transport, grow, etc. These difficulties are mainly because Ometepe is the island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. The Volcanic soil, moist conditions and near perfect cloud cover make it one of the best growing regions in the world. The tobacco grown there is tall and lush due to the growing conditions that are often compared to the conditions in Vuelta Abajo (one of the best growing regions to grow tobacco in Cuba.)


The Cigar has what I could jokingly call a “brown paper bag” band. However, this band has the La Harencia Cubana Logo embossed on in it dark brown and gold. The dark brown of the lettering is about the same brown as the color of the wrapper. There are a few notable veins and the seems are easy to see. There is an oily sheen to it. It is a rustic little box-pressed cigar in overall appearance.


The Band is very difficult to get off of the cigar. This is a personal pet peeve of mine. Too much glue on the band at best makes the band hard to get off. At worst, it takes a bit of the wrapper with it and damages the cigar. After a struggle with the band the cigar survived unscathed. The smell of the cigar is slightly to the woody side but unremarkable. The lick on the cap has a decent amount of spice to it. It feels oily in the mouth. After a cut with a double guillotine a chocolatey draw with a hint of spice is exposed. The draw is a touch on the tight side.


Lit with a soft flame.

The fist few puffs have quite a bit of spice to it. There is an overall woody flavor and pulpy texture. There is a very slight clove flavor to it. A meaty undertone is present throughout and eventually is the finish. It seems to linger. Pepper and wood seem to be very dominant. As the cigar settles in the spice smooths out but is still present. A chocolatey note pops in and replaces the meaty tone and the finish shortens but remains chocolatey and in a way still meaty.


As the cigar enters the middle third, it has settled down quite a bit. There is still spice there but it has smoothed out. The finish is wonderful and long. It works with the initial taste but the initial taste feels a touch thin. It is almost as if this cigar was designed to come on late in the puff. The second third is much more enjoyable than the first. The flavor explosion of the first third is almost overwhelming.


The final third begins with a touch up light. The flavor becomes very heavy on the wood and the spice kicks back up. The smoke has a pulpier texture than before. The strength is noticeable now. I would plant it in the full category but not as full as some of the super-full heavyweights out there. The further into the final third I get the hotter it seems to burn and there is more bite to it.


Burn to the nub.

Time 1 hour 30 minutes



Burn: 8

Draw: 9

Taste: 8

Aftertaste: 9

Construction: 9

Balance: 8

Feel: 8

Overall: 8.4 of 10


~ by kuzi16 on March 6, 2012.

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