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. Like the Swag and Aging Room lines, La Bohéme is produced at Jochi Blanco’s Tabacalera La Palma in the Dominican Republic. Recently I’ve had an opportunity to smoke La Bohéme. So far, 2014 is proving to be a very strong with Boutique Blends – and La Bohéme is a cigar that clearly helps reinforce this position.
La Bohéme is the name of an opera composed by Giacomo Puccini and a song composed by Charles Aznavour, both favorites of Boutique Blends President Rafael Nodal. In fact Nodal has said this cigar brings together his three passions – his love for music, love for Cuban culture, and love for cigars. For his cigar, Nodal integrated the musical theme with a Cubanesque look of a cigar and its banding
Packaging of La Bohéme – Pittore Vitola
Cigar Coop IPCPR 2014 Photo
(Note different size than cigar being assessed)
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 uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. This is one of two cigars by Boutique Blends released this year that use this wrapper . The other cigar, the Aging Room Bin No. 1 was actually the first cigar since Boutique Blends launched to use this wrapper. Now a few short weeks later, La Bohéme becomes the second.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
I think I made the mistake of making this my second smoke of the day. It was really good, and I want to try it again first thing in the morning. Wonderful little smoke, take this one down on a fresh palette with coffee. Can’t wait to try more! Fiver for now, but likely a box split after a redux.