Plasencia Cigars announced their new line, Plasencia Cosecha 149, back at the 2021 PCA trade show and began shipping it in November. This is the second cigar in their “Cosecha” series following the Cosecha 146 that came out in 2017 which we reviewed here. The word “cosecha” translates to “harvest” in Spanish and refers to the 149th harvest of the field that this tobacco came from which took place in 2014.
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.
The blend for Plasencia Cosecha 149 is a Honduran puro with tobacco all grown at Plasencia farms. The wrapper is a Honduran Olancho grown in San Agustín, the binder comes from Jamastran Valley, and the fillers are from Jamastran Valley, Olancho San Agustín and Talanga. It is available in three vitolas: Santa Fe Gordito 4.875 x 60 $12.00, La Vega Robusto 5 x 52 $13.00, and Azuacualpa Toro 6 x 52 $14.50. All of the vitolas are box-pressed and comes in 10-count boxes.
Vitola: Toro Length: 6″ Ring Gauge: 52 Country of Origin: Honduras Wrapper: Honduran Olancho San Agustín Binder: Honduran Jamastran Valley Filler: Honduran Jamastran Valley, Olancho San Agustín and Talanga Factory: Tabacos de Oriente S.A. Blender: Nestor Plasencia Number of reviewers: 4 – Alan(Eulogy) Chad M. (Chad Tchad) Ryan H. (Ryan H.) Sean F. (fullermaine) Price: $14.50 Age: 4 Months Release Date: November 2021 Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff
“This toro has a double cap with a very thick and dark wrapper; seams are very visible just because of the thickness of the wrapper. Moderate veining also has a bit of tooth. Very firm bunch.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“Barnyard, baking spice, hay, and leather are found on the foot and retrohale. I do pick up a lot more spice on the retro with an added note of stone fruit.” –Alan (Eulogy)
Flavor: 94 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
“The first note on the first draw is espresso and is fabulous, but the draw is way too tight. Definitely medium plus in strength. The cigar is very balanced and smooth which is hard to find sometimes in medium plus sticks. Even after a long burn in the only note identified is espresso. Ash is very strong; one of those sticks you don’t have to worry about the ash falling in your lap.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“It is an absolute baking spice and red pepper bomb at the start. Oily, rich tobacco starts to come through. As the pepper starts to back off a little I am able to taste leather, cedar, and grain. The draw is perfect and has a great chewy smoke.” –Alan (Eulogy)
Flavor: 94 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“It continues with a very dry smoking experience with a dry mouthfeel. Some salty flavor has picked up some but still with leather as a major flavor. Red pepper on the retrohale has really picked up making it spicy at this point.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“No real change in this portion of the cigar. The floral notes are still lingering.” –Sean F. (fullermaine)
Flavor: 90 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Light-Medium
“The red pepper has increased again but not as strong as the first third. It is mostly a dark chocolate bomb at the end. Sweet notes of tobacco, leather, cedar, and baking spice all play well in the background.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“Only a sweet grassy note comes through and that is really the whole profile. The cigar had a really great start but seems to have just fallen flat. The sweet grassy note finishes up the cigar.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“Semi-hard draw to start but it got better the further along I smoked.” –Sean F. (fullermaine)
“I had to do a few slight touch ups but that might be due to the super oily wrapper. Still, the ash held very well and it burned pretty straight most the time.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“Construction was very good with no visible flaws. It had a well applied cap and seams that were very tight and held throughout the smoking experience. The cigar felt very nice in your hand.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
Overall Strength: Medium Overall Body/Complexity: Medium Experience Overall: 93
“Really enjoyed this cigar but that might had to do with it being a late night smoke. It is very strong in terms of strength and flavor and would pair very well with bourbon if your so inclined. If you like full bodied cigar this would be a winner.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“It was a very dry smoke with a dry mouthfeel. Had to keep my palate hydrated during the whole time smoking. There were light flavor the whole time on the draw of cream, leather, and salty. Retrohale started as light red pepper then picked up to strong spicy red pepper.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“I really would have enjoyed giving a higher grade had the cigar held the profile from the first third, but it just kept slipping and slipping. I was really surprised I finished the cigar, but I was just hoping it would redeem itself. It is still a very nice cigar, might not be box worthy but I would buy and smoke again just to be able to experience the first third.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“An enjoyable cigar. Notes of cherry on the cold draw with a mix of oak, sugar, and floral notes. Veiny wrapper that doesn’t interfere with the smoking pleasure. A nice strong ash that hangs on the cigar for an inch or two. Nice even burn. A cigar I’d want to try again.” –Sean F. (fullermaine)
"Really enjoyed this cigar but that might had to do with it being a late night smoke. It is very strong in terms of strength and flavor and would pair very well with bourbon if your so inclined. If you like full bodied cigar this would be a winner." -Alan (Eulogy)