Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

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Cigar Details: Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

  • Vitola: Belicoso
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut
  • Binder: Honduran Jamastran
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Factory: Tabacos de Oriente
  • Blender: Maya Selva
  • Price: $19.75
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Source: Maya Selva

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15 is medium tan and has some knotty, raised veins present. The seams are smooth and the tapered head has a couple of wrinkles. There are two bands, with the primary being off-white and carrying the brand name. The foot band is black and red and denotes the vitola. The aroma from the wrapper is lightly musty cedar and earth, while the foot brings stone fruit sweetness and cedar. The pre-light draw is an airy mix of cedar and floral notes and there is a faint spiciness on my lips.
Seth: This Honduran Connecticut wrapper has aged well. Beautiful coloring. Light Natural with few to small veins. Silky in texture. Firm as well. The Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15 is a great looking belicoso. Aromas of cedar, hay, soft tobacco, faint spices and wooden cream.
John: The Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15 comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker that tears when opened. The cigar has a torpedo shape and is double banded with a Flor de Selva primary band in black on cream and a secondary No. 15 band in red on black as a foot band. The cigar weighs in at 15.7 grams and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro was 58.8%. Aromas from the wrapper include chocolate, bread and old wood. From the foot, I am getting sweet hay, dusty tobacco and faint raisin.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and a mix of cinnamon and black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the spice mix is now much heavier on the pepper side of things. At a half inch in, light hay and creaminess join the profile, the black pepper mellows a bit and the cinnamon has completely departed. The retrohale is toasted cedar and lightly zingy black pepper with light amounts of hay and cream. At an inch and a quarter, the creaminess and hay bump up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with cream, hay and black pepper in the middle. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with soft wood and tobacco notes. There are some creamy aspects with some sweet soft spice. A faint bit of coffee and earth. Just under medium in strength and body. Beautiful burn.
John: Creamy, sweet tobacco starts the first third with a delayed pepper and wood combination on the post draw. Some astringency is detectable on the post draw after a couple puffs. A sweet nuttiness and wood makes up the center as the first third settles in. Chocolate mixes with nuts and wood in the center of the profile as it moves towards the halfway point.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, a light earthiness joins the profile. At a half inch in, the black pepper and earth both pick up a bit. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. At an inch and a quarter in, the earth is now right behind the toasted cedar. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth, with black pepper in the middle and cream and hay in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The second third is fairly in line with the first third. Nice cream and coffee notes with some earth, wood and tobacco. Faint bits of hay as well. Again, just under medium in strength and body.
John: Wood and tobacco carry the retrohale on the second third with tannic wood for the post draw. Some astringent wood moves into the center as it settles and dry wood on the post draw. By the bottom half, mild chocolate adds complexity through the center of the profile.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Final Third

Aaron: The final third sees the creaminess pick back up a bit. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth, with creaminess and black pepper in the middle and some hay in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is earthier than the second third. Not over the top, but present. Some mineral notes are present with the spices. Coffee, cream, hay and tobacco present as well. Wood notes are present as well. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy wood leads off here with a medium to medium-full tannic, lingering wood on the post draw. Toasted earth takes up the center of the cigar as the last third settles in. A harsh, toasted tobacco is present on the post draw as it continues.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout and the ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Great burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight through the review with the ash holding on in one inch increments.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw had some noticeable resistance to it, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches into the resistant spectrum.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and a mix of cinnamon and black pepper. The cinnamon faded out fairly quickly and some hay and creaminess joined in. The second third saw some earth join the profile and build up and held that profile through the final third. The construction was absolutely perfect. The Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15 had a nice start, with a good combination of flavors and smooth delivery. It took a step down in the second third as the earth joined and built up and maintained that level the rest of the way. This is a decent Honduran puro and I’d be open to coming back to it from time to time. Definitely a step up for me over the newest rendition of the blend.
Seth: The only thing I remember about this cigar from years ago was that I thought it was great. I smoked them all and didn’t hold onto any. I can’t tell you the notes either. I imagine this Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15 has faded some from the original experience, and I can’t remember how I scored the cigar that many years back, but this was nice. It’s aged well and still produces some good flavors. I’d smoke aged cigars like this all the time.
John: After finishing the review of the Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15, it was interesting to compare and contrast the review experience against the 2023 release. For me, the 2012 release was pleasant but also unbalanced at times and I found the 2023 to be superior, but we’re talking about aged cigars so it’s impossible to know how they’d stack up on original release. Regardless, it was fun to put two releases from different years against each other and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do that. The burn was flawless while the draw had some significant resistance to it. Total smoking time was a bit on the quick side at 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Aaron
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$3.24

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$3.29

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

4.95

Cost/Point

$3.99

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Aaron LoomisTeam Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

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