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Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2
Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2

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Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2
Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

Vitola: Belicoso
Length: 5.25″
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
Factory: Tamboril DBL S.A.
Blender: Martin Almonte
Number of reviewers: 5—–Steve (ThaGreatWazoo) Gregg (McGreggor57) Ron (shuckins) Craig (WyldKnyght) Wes (SosaCub4Life)
Price: $11.00
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: December 2014
Contributed by: La Hoja Cigar Co.

Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2
Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 92

“A nice dark wrapper that is very uniform in color. The cigar has a slight box press to it that feels great in my hands. No veins and the seams are nearly invisible.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

Aroma: 91

“The aromas I got from this cigar were a mild leather smell off the wrapper. The foot had a tobacco aroma, and the dry puff had a smoked wood like taste.” –Craig (WyldKnyght)

First Third

Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2
Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2

Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“Fell for the head fake as the first few draws are fairly mild and then the pepper appears. Surprisingly, the spice only hits the retrohale and lasts but a few moments. A little coffee and allspice mix with some burnt wood. It’s not a very complex third but the flavors stand on their own.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

“Starts off with a woodsy tasting tobacco up front and a pepper laced allspice flavor following close behind. This adds a touch of heat to the cigar, but doesn’t bring any harshness with it which is always a good thing.” –Ron (shuckins)

Second Third

Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2
Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The second third was full of cedar flavors with an underlying black pepper tone. The retrohale was a bit stronger than the first third, but was still enjoyable. Numerous re-lights were used and the cigar just would not stay lit. The overall strength picked up significantly and almost began to overpower the cigar towards the final third.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

“In the second third of this cigar, the pepper mellowed to more of a smokey flavor, with still a hint of spiciness.” –Craig (WyldKnyght)

Final Third

Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2
Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“A little char remains consistent as the cigar moves into the final third. An occasional bit of cocoa mixes with a little coffee. Neither flavor dominates or sticks around very long. Pepper is returning on the finish, both on the nose and the tongue. It’s not overpowering but present nonetheless.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

“The spice has kicked back in at the first part of this last third. There is still an overall creaminess that coats your entire mouth. There is just a hint of sweetness along with it. The super creaminess of the cigar really makes the flavors hang out in your mouth for a long time. The cigar continues to hold a great ash.” –Wes (SosaCub4Life)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 94

“The initial draw was very tight and needed some fine tuning to get the cigar to flow smoothly. I used a straight cut on the torpedo cap and needed to keep climbing up towards the wrapper to find the sweet spot.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

Burn: 91

“A great burning cigar, fairly even and cool, with a soft flaky ash left behind.” –Ron (shuckins)

Construction: 88

“The construction has been very good. The cigar has held a great ash along with a mostly good burn and very good draw.” –Wes (SosaCub4Life)

Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2
Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Overall Experience: 89

“Overall, the cigar was decent. The flavors were good, but not overwhelming. The burn and construction definitely ruined it for me. The cigar definitely needed a lot of attention, which took from the overall enjoyment. Hopefully, my fellow reviewers had a better experience than myself.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

“There was a bit of a let down after a promising start. The first third didn’t offer a lot of interest, but the flavors were pretty good. While hoping for some more flavor development, none really materialized. The slight chemical taste during the middle might be due to a younger cigar. I would be interested in trying another one with more rest on it.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

“Kind of a one trick pony cigar. More dimensions were needed to put this one on my must try list.” –Ron (shuckins)

“Overall, this was one of the best cigars I’ve smoked and reviewed. It was great from start to finish, any issue was minor and did not detract me from enjoying the time it took me to smoke it. This will definitely go on my do buy list.” –Craig (WyldKnyght)

“Overall, the cigar was good. I would have preferred a bit more spice to go along with the other flavors. I would be interested to see what this cigar is and smoke it again to see how it smokes.” –Wes (SosaCub4Life)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 65

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Reviewer Appearance Aroma 1/3 2/3 3/3 Draw Burn Constr. Overall
Steve 90 90 90 88 88 88 83 85 85
Gregg 92 90 90 88 88 90 88 90 88
Ron 90 92 85 85 85 95 95 88 85
Craig 92 92 90 92 92 100 95 90 95
Wes 95 90 92 90 90 97 95 97 92

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Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2
Blind Cigar Review: La Hoja | Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 No. 2
Appearance
92
Aroma
91
First Third
91
Second Third
89
Final Third
89
Draw
94
Burn
91
Construction
88
Overall Experience
89
90
Total Score - Very Good