Cigar Review: La Pluma Origin of Species
Up for review today is the Origin of Species by La Pluma Cigars. This brand sponsored our last Smoker Social at Merchants NY Cigar Bar, and they were a huge hit. I’ve only smoked a handful of cigars from La Pluma, but I’m already a big fan. Reasons below.
- Size: Corona Gorda
- Wrapper: Jalapa (Nicaragua)
- Binder: Mexican San Andreas and Nicaraguan binders
- Filler: Nicaraguan
Appearance & Construction
This cigar is presented beautifully. I love the offset and angled band, as well as the yellow and black color scheme. Construction is sold with a slightly restrictive draw.
Flavor & Smoke Characteristics
Off of the foot, I pick up notes of wood, cinnamon and a pleasant sweetness. Upon lighting, the cigar opens up with medium bodied smoke and a lot of flavor. Prominent is an oak note with a hint of vanilla and grassy sweetness.
At about half an inch in, another interesting note enters the mix. A salty sweetness that reminds me of caramel corn. Additionally, there’s a nice spice on the retrohale. Unfortunately, at about this time the wrapper splits a little as well, though the problem corrects itself a few minutes later.
At 2/3, this cigar is still at a solid medium. The oak, spice, and vanilla notes are still present. The size really is perfect on this blend, bringing out the notes in a balanced way that is very enjoyable.
The final third is much the same. Little change in body or strength, though a bit of white pepper is present, hitting the tip of my tongue.
Overall, a very enjoyable smoke. The Origin of Species by La Pluma Cigars is a great first release. The profile is complex, well balanced, and maintains great strength of flavors through the entire smoke. I highly recommend this cigar to anyone interested in finding a great new boutique.