By: Nelson DeMelo      

A sexy cigar?? That’s how I would describe this amazing stick. Today we go back to the Alma series by Placencia. I went big and fired up the Salomon from the Alma Fuerte series. This was a long incredible journey. Spoiler alert  I bought a box the next day    ….

Backstory:  Known for their tobacco farming, Plasencia jumped into the market in 2017. They started their journey with the Alma series and today’s stick the Alma Feurte was the first released. Alma Fuerte means “strong soul” and after smoking this, I agree the name fits the blend.

Appearance:  Cigar Aficionado defines a salomon cigar as a “very large figurado with pointed, tapered heads and bulbous feet with a nipple tip”. And they hit it perfectly, but that wasn’t enough. This thing is  also box pressed . With all these features, combined,  this is an amazing looking stogie. The Jalapa wrapper had an oily shine.  This was also a band heavy cigar. It has three bands. One ring band at the top with the Plasencia P,  a larger mid-band with the stick and brand, and an Alma Fuerte ring band at the end. You cannot miss this stick when you’re looking for it. Very unique. Added bonus the boxes become ashtrays.   (Score: 24 out 25)

Notes:  While this is a Nicaraguan puro it’s worth mentioning that they used tobacco from 4 different regions ;Estelí, Condega, Jalapa and Ometepe.  On the cold draw I got a sweet earthy leather. A v-cut and light later and the notes hit you immediately. Notes of coffee , leather with dry fruity undertones consumed the ⅓  with a med to full experience throughout. The 2nd third didn’t change much and the finish brought some pepper picked up with the dry fruit flavors.  (Score: 23 out of 25)

Experience:  This was a cigar experience, …an over 2-hour journey.  This cigar looks intimidating and somewhat is. You need to commit time to this one.  Fortunately, I did and did not regret it. The smoke production was perfect. However, the draw was a little tight and I did have a few touch-ups during my smoke.  In the end, I thought it was an amazing cigar and did indeed grab a box the next day and am still enjoying them. 
(Score: 23 out of 25)

At an average $20 retail I thought this was a more than fair value. . This is a higher-end smoke and worth the price. I would buy more of these without hesitation.  (Score: 22 out of 25)

SCORE :  92                             StogieGeeks Rating:   Box Worthy

Avg Price: $ 20                         Vitola: Salomon             Size: 7×58      
Strength: Med/Full

Wrapper: Nicaraguan                Binder: Nicaraguan       Filler: Nicaraguan

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