Review Of The Vega Fina Limited Edition 2011 CigarThe Vega Fina Limited Edition 2011, also known as the Jose Seijas, is named after one of Altadis’s master blenders. Seijas is in charge of one of the most iconic stogie factories in tobacco, the Tabacalera de Garcia, located in the Dominican. This blend comes from the Tabacalera de Garcia and is a slight departure from the company’s focus on milder blends. With a little more strength and body, it is designed for the U.S. smoker’s palate.

This stick is available in a single vitola, a 5 x 56 Gran Robusto. It comes with a San Andreas Criollo wrapper, a Dominican binder and filler. The San Andreas Criollo leaf is rarely offered as a wrapper, but is becoming a more popular option in blending overall. The stogie is medium brown in appearance and has some light veining. It is double banded, the primary consisting of the company mark and stogie name in black and white. The secondary band is also in black and white and states “blended by Jose Seijas” in clear, bold lettering. Reviewers detected a hint of pepper and spice on the prelight, and some were also extremely impressed by the initial draw.

The initial third of the Vega Fina Limited Edition 2011 starts off with some of the spice present on the prelight and some sweet honey flavors. The spice soon transitions into an aromatic cedar spice and gains control of the profile. In the background, a combination of honey, wheat and nut notes fill out the profile. Around an inch in, the nut flavor steps up into the lead role while the cedar moves into the background. The honey also takes on a citrus taste that adds some acid to the profile.

In the second-third of the stick, the citrus flavors strengthen and become a dominant note along with the nutty flavors. While the cedar spice is still present in the background during this part of the cigar, many reviewers also noticed a distinct flavor of black pepper as well, especially on the retrohale. Citrus notes in most cigars have an orange-like taste to them, but the Vega Fina Limited Edition 2011 is closer to grapefruit.

In the final third of the cigar, the sweet honey notes reappear for stretches, but are tucked into the background. The cedar spice also makes a complete transition to the black pepper and produces a little more kick. Its intensity ramps up during the final inch and a half, giving the stogie a strong punch in the home stretch. 

Though the cigar does burn a touch warm at times, it remains straight and provides a perfect draw from start to finish. It is medium bodied and provides medium strength as well, though its gentle flavors make it a strong choice for less experienced smokers making the switch to stronger blends. With its unique wrapper and limited availability, aficionados who want to give it a try will need to act fast.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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