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La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse Coronation Staff Review

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Shane K.

La Aroma de Cuba is a historic Cuban-legacy brand. In the late 1800s, Winston Churchill discovered his love for fine cigars while stationed in Cuba as a young British lieutenant battling Cuban revolutionary forces on behalf of the Spanish. Upon his arrival in Cuba in November of 1895, Churchill waited restlessly to make his way into the thick of the action. He passed the time by consuming copious amounts of two local staples: oranges and cigars. When Churchill departed Cuba, an insatiable craving for premium cigars followed.

The first two Cuban cigar brands to mesmerize the future statesman were Romeo y Julieta and La Aroma de Cuba. While Romeo y Julieta has enjoyed an illustrious reputation as both an authentic Cuban brand and as a popular Cuban-heritage brand made in the Dominican Republic, La Aroma de Cuba got lost in the shuffle at some point after the turn of the century. It was common in the era for cigar brands to be traded, transferred, or sold among individuals or companies with little documentation.

Churchill went on to successfully steer Europe away from Nazi domination and became perhaps the most famous cigar smoker in history as a result. Unapologetically, Churchill smoked roughly ten cigars a day and deservedly the Churchill shape is named for him. Despite our inability to trace a consistent lineage for La Aroma de Cuba, the brand was resurrected in the early 2000s by Robert Levin, the founder of Ashton cigars. A full-scale revival of La Aroma de Cuba followed, highlighting its close association with Churchill and restoring its pedigree in the pantheon of premium cigars.

Today, La Aroma de Cuba is handmade in Estelí, Nicaragua, where it is blended and produced by celebrated father-and-son cigar-makers Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia and Jaime Garcia. The brand’s portfolio includes a plethora of top-rated, top-selling editions, including La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor and the original La Aroma de Cuba blend.

I am smoking one of my favorite cigars from the brand, La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse. The blend is handmade in a trio of excellent shapes. I have long been enamored with the way the Garcia family assembles the Toro, which is called a Coronation in the Noblesse series. The Coronation is 6.5 inches with a 52 ring gauge. The blend is less readily available than other editions. La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse is a true small-batch cigar. A few thousand boxes are produced annually.

It’s clear from the first impression, La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse is a special cigar. Its glistening gingerbread-hued wrapper leaf is adorned with an ornate double band depicting the brand’s graceful maiden in an intricate illustration. The cigar’s name is embossed with colorful floral detail on the secondary band and a silky light-blue ribbon embraces the foot. Its cold aroma is nutty, succulent, and a touch sweet.

La Aroma de Cuba is drawn from a special recipe of ultra-rare tobaccos. A light and glistening Ecuador Habano wrapper leaf conceals a marvelous interior of premium Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos grown in Nicaragua’s three key tobacco-growing regions: Estelí, Jalapa, and Namanji. The first time I indulged in Noblesse, it struck me with its approachability. Although Noblesse is classified as a medium to full-bodied cigar, it is far less intense or peppery by comparison to many other cigars the Garcia family produces in their Nicaraguan factory.

La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse is extraordinarily refined. It shows a surprising delicacy in the first few puffs. The draw is easy, creamy, and balanced throughout the first third of the cigar. Tasting notes of cashews, nutmeg, almonds, and cedar converge in a rich and palatable display. Signature Nicaraguan spices accumulate but in an entirely civil manner. The cigar’s spicier character entices but does not overstimulate the senses.

Noblesse is luscious and floral and full of well-rounded taste. A creamy, woody room note emerges. As the halfway point of the cigar nears, traditional Garcia family notes of black pepper set in. Noblesse shifts with a woody and succulent profile. Flavors of cedar, earth, and coffee beans meld with a trace of sweetness. What I love most about the Toro format when it comes to cigars blended by the Garcia family is that the ring gauge and length allow the cigar’s profile more time to develop, which results in gentler flavor.

Many fans of Nicaraguan cigars look forward to the vigorous zesty taste they can harbor. La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse does not disappoint. But, it satisfies with sophistication in lieu of brute force. The finish is creamy and polished and resonates with notes of almonds, cedar, and pepper. Its versatile taste makes it an agreeable choice to pair with dark or light spirits. I prefer a moderate scotch like Lagavulin Distillers Edition. The two are a match made in heaven if you’ve got a special occasion on the calendar.  


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