The La Boheme Cigars By Boutique Blends Information & Cigar ReviewThe La Boheme cigars were among the four blends debuted at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, and it represents the beginning of a new brand by Boutique Blends. It’s been a while since Boutique Blends carved out a new brand, but this stick is a favorite of Rafael Nodal’s, the owner of Boutique Blends. Named after the opera, it merges a love for music and stogies, two of Nodal’s passions. And though Nodal’s company took a while to get its feet under it, 2014 was a very good year for the young stogie maker, and this stick is a continuation of its recent success.

The La Boheme cigars have an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and a binder and fillers from Nicaragua. The wrapper is slightly rough with a couple pronounced veins and has a band that looks like a painting. It features a portrait of an elegant woman and the band’s texture feels like an oil painting. The name of the blend is in gold script type and finishes off the throwback Cuban look that the stick is going for. The smoke is available in four formats, including a 3 1/2 x 46 Mimi, 5 1/8 x 52 Pittore, 5 3/4 x 54 Poeta and 6 1/4 x 60 Musico. The cold draw is fairly simple and consists of some red pepper and natural tobacco notes.

The initial third of the stick brings the red pepper and natural tobacco notes from the cold draw and matches them up with some sugar cane and earth flavors. Right away, the red pepper moves into the background and retrohale while the sugar cane and earth mix with the natural tobacco flavor. About an inch in, the smoke throws in a citrus note that produces an extra bite on the draw.

During the middle third of the La Boheme cigars, a vanilla flavor emerges and replaces both the earth and sugar cane notes. It is rather sweet and pairs well with the natural tobacco, both of which serve as the primary flavors in the second third. The red pepper is still present though some black pepper also shows up and adds more heat to the back of the palate and retrohale.

In the last third of the smoke, the red and black pepper takes charge of the profile. The vanilla and natural tobacco shift into a backup role and the citrus returns, adding a punch of acid to every draw. The stogie carries this mix of flavors down to the nub.

It’s a medium stogie for the most part though it occasionally reaches medium-full and it burns and draws perfectly. As a brand opener, this blend has to make a big impression, and with its beautiful look and Cuban flavors, it pulls this off.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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