By: Nelson DeMelo IG: cigar_squad
I’ve had some Plascencias in my humidor for most of 2020 but had not had anything from the Alma Fuerte series until recently. To kick off my journey into the Alma series I started with the Alma del Campo. This is a Nicaraguan puro that took for a ride….read on ….
Backstory: The Plasencia family and operations have gone through major challenges for over 100 years. Starting in the 1800’s with Tobacco farms in Cuba where they were forced out by government interference, they moved to Mexico in 1963. In 1965 they moved to Nicaragua and began to plant again but once again government turmoil pushed them to Honduras in 1978. In 1990 they once again began producing cigars out of Nicaragua and soon had over 30 brands they served from their factories. In 2017 they launched Plasencia cigars with this Alma series as one of the first produce.
Appearance: This was a very nicely wrapped perejo with minimal veins. The wrapper was tight with no signs of flaking and was topped off with a nice triple cap. While it has a basic band, it still stands out on a humidor shelf.
(Score: 22 out 25)
Notes: On the cold draw I had hints of leather, earth, and coffee. While it had a lighter wrapper (reminded me of a dark Habano), the first third was surprisingly spicy and peppery. Although I will say it was never overwhelming. The stick was med to full throughout. The 2nd third brought on the sweetness I was waiting for but again just subtle and mixed perfectly with the new grassy, coffee notes I started picking up on the retro-hale. The finish did pick up again on the pepper but stayed at a med body strength.
(Score: 22 out of 25)
Experience: As I said earlier this was a journey. One of the more complex cigars I had this year. The notes throughout were great and each puff I took had the anticipation of what notes I would get next! Smoke production was average and the burn was almost perfect. I had no canoeing and only 1 relight the entire experience. Smoke time was 98 minutes.
(Score: 23 out of 25)
At an average $17 retail I thought this was a fair price. This is a higher-end smoke and worth the price. I would buy more of these without hesitation.
(Score: 22 out of 25)
SCORE : 89 StogieGeeks Rating: Box Split
Avg Price: $12 Vitola: Toro Extra (Travesia) Size: 6.5×54 Strength: Med-Full
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan
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