Everyone has a preference in the type of cigar they enjoy smoking. I, myself, am no different and typically my palate does not gravitate towards the My Father or Jaime Garcia lines. It’s not that they are bad, its just that they’re not my style. In the name of due diligence however, I do like to try them, and I’m glad that I did, because the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition is a fantastic cigar in both its Broadleaf and Connecticut shade format.
Its hard not to notice the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition (from this point on referred to as the LE) in the humidor. The LE sits prominently in a gorgeous slotted wood tray box that features the LE in a field of deep, eye-catching, blue over a cream background. The cigar itself is double banded with the same eye-catching blue and cream bands which offset the decadently dark broadleaf wrapper that the LE is wrapped in.
The LE has a dark broadleaf wrapper that has a minimal oil presence, but plenty of toothiness. As I inspected the LE I notice that it is firmly packed and has a pleasantly sweet barnyard foot. Upon lighting the cigar I notice the smooth yet firm draw and the typical My Father spice coming out to play. This is where I would typically groan and muse that “it’s a typical My Father cigar,” but before I can file an internal complaint with myself, I notice a wonderful counterbalance of floral and hickory. From there the cigar becomes a wonderful give and take of sweetness and spice. The spice eventually fades in the midpoint only to return in the back third, but the sweet wood and floral notes remain with almost a currant undertone.
In my review process I smoked three LE’s two broadleaf’s and one connecticut shade wrapped beauty. At first I thought I was in the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket scene when I removed the top tray to pick up another stick on the bottom and found a beautiful golden hued cigar gleaming up at me. I can say that the Connecticut shade wrapper is much akin to its darker brother, but a little more smooth in that the strong spice notes are severely minimized. Depending on who you are this can either be a blessing or an indifference. The word on the street is that the connecticut wrapped flavor bomb LE is a foreshadowing of what the 2012 release will be.
Either way you cut it the Jaime Garcia LE is a fantastically constructed cigar with robust flavor and strength. In either format it shines and is a testament to artisan craftsmanship. If you prefer a spicy cigar balanced with sweetness, then pick up one of the broadleaf LE’s today. If you are a full flavor kinda person and enjoy sweeter woodier cigars without a lot of spice, then begin your Willy Wonka hunt for the golden cigar. For thirteen-twenty dollars a cigar, depending on your geographical locale, this is one cigar that is definitely worth the money and should find its way into your humidor today!
Size: 6.5 x 52 (Toro)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf or Connecticut Shade, Viso Priming.
Binder: Pelo de Oro (Nicaragua)
Filler: Nicaragua (Cuban Seed)
Verdict: Buy it Now!