VegaFina continues to innovate with “Doble Capote”, its new limited edition framed into the Fortaleza 2 line, which offers aficionados a selection of cigars that, as its name suggests, count with two binder leaves from different origins.
I enjoyed the VegaFina Year of the Tiger 2022. I thought the first two thirds were good, and the cigar would have been much better if it had a final third like the first. Still, a good cigar overall. Really good price! I liked the blend and the body and strength that came with that. Never too much, and in some ways scaled back while still having some flavors.
Overall, the VegaFina Vindobona Exclusivo Austria had an average flavor profile that was fairly boring. No real transitions until the final third and provided nothing to maintain my attention. This is about in line with the recent non-U.S. releases from the brand and is a bit of a bummer for an exclusive cigar. Not something I'd track down to smoke more of.
The VegaFina 1998 Vintage 1 VF 42L was an average experience throughout as it was a bit dry based on the flavor components. With this being a non-U.S. release, I can see how the flavor/strength combination was setup, but it just wasn't all that exciting. This cigar definitely showed better than the VF 50 that was a U.S. release and we reviewed previously, but it's still not something I'd really see myself coming back to.
The VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Capa 20 is not a U.S. release, so I can see how the low strength, non-pepper profile would focus on Europe and other areas. It's just not a cigar that I found exciting and don't really see myself coming back to or recommending anyone to try to chase it down.
With this new vitola, VegaFina proposes a cigar of the same ring gauge as the already emblematic “Vulcano”, but with an extra point of length (5.4x56), perfect for those who like to enjoy a big ring gauge cigar with the unmistakable Nicaraguan hallmark.
A solid short smoke. I loved the sweet and creamy pastry-like vanilla wafers note. The backing of baking spices, cedar and minerals was just enough to tie the profile together. The VegaFina 1998 VF 50 is not a complex cigar, but one of those cigar experiences where it makes you nod your head a couple times and say, "man, that was good."
VF 1998 commemorates the VegaFina brand’s more than two decade run, from its beginnings in La Romana, Dominican Republic at the famed Tabacalera De Garcia – to today’s recognition as a global brand. With a reputation built on impeccable construction at a stellar price point, the VegaFina brand is also one of the best-selling cigar brands in Europe.
The VegaFina Robusto Extra PigTail Añejado 7 Años was a surprising pleasure to smoke. The cigar touched on all major factors of a good cigar: spice, sweetness, creaminess and earthiness, all wrapped up in a flawless burn and draw. Don't sleep on this one.