Robusto, 5 x 50
Country: Dominican Republic
|Cigar age||1 yr. 6.9 mo.|
BACKGROUND: This postscript review is on the Para Japon, which is made at the La Aurora cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. I first featured this cigar on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 269 back on Sunday, May 1, 2011. These cigars were aged in the La Aurora factory aging room for 3 years prior to distribution and they have now been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 6 months prior to this review. So, all in all, these cigars have more than 4.5 years of age on them.
Now a little background on these sticks… As most of you know, on March 11, 2011, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake devastated the island nation of Japan and the tsunami that followed caused widespread damage on an unprecedented level.
Mario Takeyama, founder of the CigarExplorer.com was the first to mention the idea of a charity cigar. I was with Mario and several other bloggers in the Dominican Republic, when, on a beach called Costambar, he shared his thoughts with Guillermo León, president of the La Aurora cigar company, who embraced the concept wholeheartedly.
León was especially touched by the plight of Japan and he decided to lend his company’s aid to the Japanese people by announcing the release of a special edition cigar to help the humanitarian response to this disaster.
The Para Japón was released in only one size, a 5 inch by 50 ring Robusto.
TASTING NOTES: After an extra year of age in my humidor, the Para Japón has changed its flavor profile. A year ago this cigar started with a grassy flavor and a hoppy bite on the finish. This time around the cigar was showing a lot of complexity with light cedar, wild oats and a honey-like sweetness. This nice sweetness lingered briefly on the palate and then was replaced by raw earthiness and a touch of espresso on the finish.
Retrohaling the smoke adds oak wine barrel and floral notes that remind me of some good Cuban cigars that I’ve smoked.
The draw and burn were nearly perfect and the medium-gray ash was slightly flaky but firm enough to allow me to tap off in half-inch chunks.
I’ve smoked 6-8 of these cigars and the ones I smoked a year ago experienced some uneven burn lines and some blistering around the edges. However, that characteristic has all but vanished and the cigars are now burning exceptionally well. Chalk up a few points for patient aging.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The Para Japón is a delight to smoke. With excellent construction and burn and great complexity, this is a must-try cigar, IF you can still get your hands on them. The cigar is medium in body flavor and strength and, as a result, would likely appeal to a wide range of cigar smokers. Stay on the lookout for these sticks and be ready to enjoy a fine smoke.
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