Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Poeta: 5 3/4 x 54
This cigar was assessed in depth on Cigar Coop
La Bohéme was one of four new cigars launched by Boutique Blends Cigars at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show. La Bohéme is not just a new cigar, but it is the first cigar of a new brand being launched in the Boutique Blends portfolio with the same name. This becomes the first new brand by the company since Oliveros Cigars rebranded itself as Boutique Blends and brought the Swag and Aging Room Cigars’ brands under that umbrella.
As for the La Bohéme brand, Nodal and his partner Hank Bischoff confirmed on the 9/4/14 edition of Stogie Geeks that there would are follow-up releases that will fall under this brand.
The La Bohéme Poeta provided notes of natural tobacco, red pepper, citrus and had that classic Cuban-style “twang” to it. By the second third, there were some very nice vanilla bean notes that surfaced.
The start to the La Bohéme Poeta provided more of the natural tobacco and red pepper notes I got from the pre-light draw. The flavors soon expanded as some notes of earth and sugar cane mixed in with the natural tobacco flavors. The red pepper notes moved into the background. At the same time, while I got some red pepper on the tongue, I also detected a black pepper on the retro-hale. While there was a two dimensional spice, the pepper was not overpowering.
Around the five percent mark was slight citric quality that surfaced with the La Bohéme. It was enough to create my definition of a “twang” on the tongue. Typically I get a twang when flavors of natural tobacco, pepper, and citrus converge. The twang didn’t replace the other flavors, but added a layer on top of those flavors. Most of this cigar was medium strength and medium-bodied, but by the last third both progressed to medium to full. The burn and draw were excellent.
This cigar and the Aging Room Bin No. 1 provide two very different and unique profiles for an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper combined with a Dominican blend. Overall a real nice smoke, and one to definitely check out. A little pricey, but still worth a box split.