Personal Cigar Review: Pichardo Reserva Familiar Connecticut

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Cigar Details: Pichardo Reserva Familiar Connecticut

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera Pichardo
  • Blender: Luciano Meirelles
  • Price: $10.50
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Source: A.C.E. Prime

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Pichardo Reserva Familiar Connecticut is medium tan and shows hints of green in some areas. There are a few lightly raised veins present and the seams are quite smooth and only visible due to color variation of the wrapper. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. There are two bands, with the primary carrying the traditional design for the brand but uses a matte black and gold color combination for the Connecticut. The foot band is gold and black and designates the line. After removing the foot band, I can see that the wrapper is about a quarter inch shy of reaching the foot. The aroma from the wrapper is light wood, teetering on the verge of dry hay. The foot brings wood, tobacco sweetness and mild pepper. The pre-light draw brings lightly sweet hay along with crushed red pepper. The pepper has a lengthy tingle on my lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with light wood and bitter burning paper. At a half inch in, the bitterness has mellowed a fair amount and the burning paper is now more of a paper bag note. At three quarters of an inch in, the wood gains a toasted note. The retrohale brings a toasted wood and hay combination. At an inch and a quarter, the toast transitions to char and the bitterness in the profile increases as some light black pepper joins in. As the third comes to a close, the profile has charred wood up front, black pepper slightly behind and paper bag and bitterness in the background. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the charred wood and black pepper are even while the paper bag note and bitterness are fairly light in the background. At a half inch in, the profile completely transitions to a bitter burning paper. At an inch in, some toasted wood joins and is even with the bitter burning paper. The retrohale is toasted wood and light mustiness. At an inch and a half, the toasted wood has a slight lead over the bitter burning paper. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

The final third begins with the toasted wood and bitter burning paper being back to even. At a half inch in, the toasted wood goes back to having a slight lead in the profile. The retrohale remains musty and toasted wood. At an inch in, the toasted wood and bitter burning paper are back to even. The cigar maintains the even mix of flavors through to the end. The strength remained at slightly below medium.

Burn

The burn line was straight throughout and the ash held on in one inch increments.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with light wood and bitter burning paper. Fairly quickly, the burning paper transitioned to a paper bag note and the wood gained a toasted note. Later the toast transitioned to char and some black pepper joined in. The second third saw the profile transition totally to bitter burning paper and later some toasted wood rejoined. The final third maintained the toasted wood and bitter burning paper. Construction was perfect and strength was slightly below medium the whole way. The Pichardo Reserva Familiar Connecticut was plagued by the bitter burning paper, and the other flavor components that moved in and out could never rectify the situation. This cigar showed off the negative aspects of what a Connecticut shade blend can provide and I can’t really see myself coming back to it.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.33

Cost/Point

$2.42

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
SubparFirst
Third
SubparSecond
Third
SubparFinal
Third
AmazingBurn
AmazingDraw
SubparOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Pichardo Reserva Familiar Connecticut
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Pichardo Reserva Familiar Connecticut

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