The Plasencia Alma Fuerte Colorado Claro Eduardo I is made by Plasencia Cigars at Plasencia’s factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Plasencia Alma Fuerte Colorado Claro Eduardo I is an extension to Plasencia’s regular Alma Fuerte line, changing the original’s wrapper to a lighter leaf that has been aged for 10 years. The toro vitola we are reviewing today is named for Eduardo Plasencia, who was one of the first family members to grow tobacco after leaving the Canary Islands for Cuba in 1865. This new extension blend is also offered in Plasencias’ trademark hexagon vitola as well.
- Cigar Reviewed: Plasencia Alma Fuerte Colorado Claro Eduardo I
- Wrapper: Nicaragua (Jalapa Colorado Claro)
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Size: 6 1/4 x 54
Blind Review Notes: Plasencia Alma Fuerte Colorado Claro Eduardo I
Appearance & Construction
The cigar is a triple capped box press toro. The cigar is graced with a light chocolate wrapper that resembles a cracked sidewalk. The body and foot of the cigar smell of sweet cedar.
Flavor & Smoke Characteristics
The cold draw is loose with alot of cedar on the breath.
First puff is very light and sweet, with the slightest spice on the backend. Ideal smoke production! Retrohale is hot and spicy. Flavors progress to leather, sweet cream, and more spice then at first. Theres also a flavor that reminds me of NYC tap water with ice. Perfumey retrohale with a salty mouthfeel. Then a marshmellow retrohale, with fruity notes. Lots of mini-transitions, as you can see.
By the second third, I realize the cigar reminds me a lot of vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone. So good I have to slow my pace down. The cigar is burning too hot! Billowing smoke production. Ash build-up looks like a stack of coins. Lots of lingering sweetness and cedar. Hot leather retro with a continued vanilla nuance.
Last third needs a touch up. The cigar is burning a little wonky. What a shame! The cigar needs more then one touch up. The flavor profile stays sweet with the spice picking back up. Leather, cedar, vanilla, pepper. Tingling baking spices on the tongue. A sea of nuanced flavors, but I am dissapointed in the construction issues that keep distracting me. The retrohale is toasty hazelnut.
In conclusion, the Plasencia Alma Fuerte Colorado Claro Eduardo I, was a light strenght/medium body cigar with layers of different flavors. If not for the combustion issues on the last third, this cigar would have easily achieved a 90+ score. Unlike the maduro version of this cigar, which was released before the Plasencia Alma Fuerte Colorado Claro Eduardo I, it has a lingering sweetness. I find this same flavor to be present on the Plasencia Alma del Campo cigar. I still prefer the maduro version of this stick, regardless of the situation. Plasencia in my mind is the undistibuted champ of tobacco farming and his aging and fermentation process take his cigars to the next level, seperating them from the rest of the market place. All that said, give the Plasencia Alma Fuerte Colorado Claro Eduardo I a try, and let us know what you think.