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La Escepcion Classic Excepcionales

2 Comments 17 February 2010

La Escepcion Classic Excepcionales

Cigar Mission #32

My name is Agent 8. My mission was to review the La Escepcion Classic Excepcionales. As an asset of The Cigar Spy agency, I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor. The information below is my debrief.

Target Name:

La Escepcion Classic Excepcionales

Target Vitals:

Wrapper: Honduran Habano Talanga
Binder: Ometepe Nicaragan
Filler: Nicaragan
Vitola: 5 1/2 x 50
Strength: Medium Bodied
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Average Price: $6.00-7.00 from either online or at a local B&M

Background Info:

Originally a Cuban brand started back in the mid 1800’s, the La Escepcion brand was revived under the General Cigar banner, makers of Hoyo de Monterrey, Partagas and Punch to name a few. Honduran-made, this is the first cigar to boast using binder from the Nicaraguan island of Ometepe.

Mission Debrief:

This cigar qualifies as one of those that you are looking through your local B&M and the band or name catches your eye, and you don’t recognize it right away (or at all in my case). I caught this one in a middle display, partially paired between a couple of boxes of La Traviatas, which I also purchased at that time. Always up for trying something unfamiliar to me, I picked up a couple to see what I could discern.

I did come upon two minor issues with the physical appearance of the cigar: one small cuff in the wrapper and a soft spot about the width of my pinkie finger around the middle of the cigar. None of these issues affected the draw or burn of the cigar.  Aromas of wood and a hint of chocolate were detected from the cigar pre-burn, which were confirmed in the flavors upon burning.

I used a cutter and butane lighter for starting the cigar and was met with an even, easy draw right from the onset. Wood hints and a bit of spice were the pre-dominant flavors at the beginning. While the spice faded away after an initial five to ten minutes, I did discover slight hints of chocolate closer to the halfway point in the cigar’s two and a half hour burn time. While I enjoyed the flavors of the cigar and the draw, I felt a bit like the overall flavors stayed a bit monotone; it lacked the complexity of flavor that we can be accustomed to from other brands.

Expect a shorter draw with this cigar. While I would describe the flavors as medium bodied, the taste didn’t stay with me for more than a couple of hours. The thick, grayish-white smoke was a nice touch as well. The only drawbacks I found with this cigar was that the burn did need a couple of minor corrections throughout the duration. The ash was also quite flaky and ended up with a lap or couch cushion full. While I am certainly a magnet to cigar ash, this particular cigar made it only that much worse.

Final Analysis:

I have to say that I enjoyed this cigar but it didn’t necessarily blow me away. The complement of flavors were nice but it didn’t have the complexity to really make this cigar a home-run hitter. The drawbacks were minor with this cigar and the price point I felt was fair. I’m curious to know if anyone out there has aged this for any length of time (three months plus) and if that would make this cigar shine a bit more. While I wouldn’t turn this cigar down if offered, I can’t say for certain if I would purchase this cigar again.

- 8 -

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2 Comments so far

  1. Matt says:

    I stumbled upon this cigar while digging through my humidor this morning. I don’t remember when or where I got it, but it’s been in the humidor at least 6 months, if not longer. I felt the wood and spice flavors were subtle, but consistent throughout. The construction stayed strong and the burn was nearly perfect, start to finish. In short, based on your review and my experience, I would say a little nap in the humidor helps this cigar out quite a bit. It was a nice little smoke, though not really a “breakfast cigar”. On a final note…I’m not sure how you got this cigar to last 2 and 1/2 hours.

  2. Agent 8 says:

    Smoke slowly is how I achieved that. When I first started smoking cigars, I had a terrible habit of going through them very quickly. Now, with my smoking time more limited due to a busy work and gigging schedule and a baby, I try to enjoy every bit of a cigar that I can when I get the time to smoke.

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