Best of the Best 2012: Cigars: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011

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The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011 (www.myfathercigars.com, $16) is produced solely by Garcia himself, president of My Father Cigars and son of famed Cuban expatriate master cigar maker José “Pepin” Garcia. But at first glance it would appear that someone in the Estelí, Nicaragua, factory made a mistake; of the sixteen 6½ x 52 toros inside the clipped-corner white box, only one is wrapped with a golden Ecuadoran Connecticut shade leaf. The rest sport dramatically darker, rugged, and toothy Connecticut broadleaf viso wrappers. But smoke either version, and the Cuban-seed Nicaraguan filler (which includes a leaf of rare Pelo de Oro tobacco) and the Pelo de Oro binder work in harmony. This is Jaime Garcia’s way of proving the compatibility of his proprietary blend. Only 3,700 boxes have been produced, but they may be a prelude of things to come, as there could very well be a Connecticut-shade-wrapped Reserva Especial Limited Edition in 2012. We just wonder what the 16th cigar will be.