Evolution of Taste

  • Richard Carleton Hacker

The original La Aroma de Cuba, which hailed from Cuba in the 1940’s, has long been dormant. In 2002 the cigar, still retaining its attractive but slightly modified band, was reintroduced by Ashton as a Honduran and Nicaraguan blend with a Honduran wrapper. It was a satisfying smoke but slightly rough. So in 2009, cigar-rolling operations were shifted to Estelí, Nicaragua, where it is now being made in the My Family Cigars factory owned by José “Pepín” Garcia, who used to supervise cigar making in Cuba. The Nicaraguan version has been improved with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper tempered by a Nicaraguan filler. But now, Ashton has dramatically refined this brand even further with the limited-production La Aroma de Cuba Edicióne Especial ($6.50 - $8). This small-batch cigar features a delicate Cuban-seed Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper, which encases Pepín’s well-aged signature Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos. The medium full-bodied flavor is rich and leathery, worthy of a medium-weight single malt scotch. There are six sizes, including the best-selling 5½ x52 Belicoso and the newest offering, a 4½ x 42 Minuto. (www.ashtoncigar.com)

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