My buddy Scott was kind enough to give me the sample I reviewed today. He's been a great friend as well as a mentor to me when it comes to cigars. He seems to know what matches my pallet. The Nicaragua Reserve is a beautiful cigar. It is a box-pressed all-Nicaraguan Puro, therefore there are no surprises when it comes to the composition of the blend:
Wrapper: Habano 2000 Corojo (Nicaragua)
The Savinelli Nicaragua Reserve is available in six sizes - all box-press:
Corona: 5.5 x 44
Corona Gorda: 6 5/8 x 46
Robusto: 5 x 52
Toro: 6 x 50
Churchill: 7 x 52
Torpedo 6 1/2 x 54
For this cigar experience, I sampled the Torpedo (which I was glad considering I love a bigger ring gauge on my cigar). It was a straight cut into the tip of the torpedo, and then I started the smoke. Scott told me this cigar had been aging for sometime, so this must be factored into this particular review. (Yes, this is the first time I smoked it, but feel I have enough to assess this particular smoke).
Early on the main flavor is notes of coffee. I did get some salt notes early on, but coffee is soon the main flavor note that emerges. By the 1/3 point of the smoke, I noticed the coffee notes become richer - more like an espresso-like syrup. This wasn't a sweet taste, but the richness you would come to expect from espresso-flavor. Around the halfway point, I detected some spice notes. The spice notes increased with the second half of the smoke. The spice took on a good cross between cedar and black pepper. By the last third of the cigar, this cigar almost had some Pepin-like spice/pepper qualities. While the finish was soft and warm, it was not harsh - and there definitely was a nice kick at the end of this.
From a strength profile, this cigar will not knock you out - it is a solid medium in this category. The flavor notes have some depth,, and I have them on the upper end of the Medium to Full category. I got a decent burn and a decent draw, but remember this cigar was aged for a while - and then I had this in my travel humidor for a week.
Overall, this is a cigar that I would have again. While it is not a highly complex cigar, it still has enough complexity and flavor notes to make me want to smoke this one again.
Body: Medium to Full
Assessment: Nice to Have