Team Cigar Review: Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

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Cigar Details: Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Length: 5.75″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduras
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Factory: Tabacos de Oriente
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $13.30
  • Release Date: November 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego is just a bit lighter than medium brown and has some lighter and darker swirls to it. There are some raised veins present, the seams are smooth and the head is finished with a top cap that has wrinkled and raised edges. There are three bands, with the primary being white, black and gold and denoting the company and line. The strip band above the primary carries a repeating company logo and the foot band denotes Cosecha Privada. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of wood and earth while the foot brings a decently musty cedar. The pre-light draw brings musty and lightly sweet cedar along with light amounts of spice and dusty earth.
Seth: Finished with a lovely Colorado wrapper, the Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego sports veins small to medium in size. It has a coarse texture with some fine gritty aspects. It is firm throughout and has a coloring of dark clay. Aromas of minerals, herbs, spices, leather and wood.
John: The Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with information on the cigar and a tear space so the cellophane can be opened without tearing the UPC. The cigar has three bands with the initial band having the Plasencia logo in gold on black, the primary Plasencia 151 Cosecha band in black on white and gold on black and then a third thin foot bad in white on black. I weighed the cigar at 15.4 grams and measured the humidity at 63.5% with the HumidiMeter Pro. Aromas from the wrapper included a musty tobacco and hay. From the foot, it was largely fermented tobacco and a subtle moss and earth.
Jiunn: The Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego has a Colorado Red wrapper shade, especially in natural sunlight. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas provide minerals and slight cedar.

Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with musty, toasted oak and baking spice. At a quarter inch in, some earth joins the profile. The retrohale is a mirror image of the mouth draws with the baking spice carrying a light zing to it. At an inch and a half in, the oak takes on a slightly stale note as the baking spice mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty, toasted and lightly stale oak up front, with baking spice and earth a bit behind. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with this dry earth, herbal, mineral and tobacco quality. There are some wood notes as well with faint and soft spices on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions here are tobacco followed by mild spices, sweet tobacco, with wood and spices combining into the post draw. That profile remains fairly consistent, with the post draw developing to include vegetal and dry wood notes to add depth. On the post draw, the spices continue to increase in strength to medium or slightly under the medium point.
Jiunn: The first third begins with great depth of meatiness and barnyard. About an inch in, there’s also gritty dirt earthiness. In terms of spice, there’s not much of it through mouth draws, but it shows up on the retrohales. The finish is short, with airy cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the profile gains a light chalkiness. At a quarter inch in, the earth increases and the toasted oak loses the staleness and gains some bitterness. At three quarters of an inch in, the wood bitterness is now very light. At an inch in, the baking spice transitions to black pepper. The retrohale is now toasted oak, chalkiness, earth and mild black pepper. At an inch and a half in, the wood bitterness picks back up. As the third comes to a close, the toasted and slightly bitter oak is up front, with earth right behind and black pepper a bit further behind. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is similar to that of the first. Mineral notes with herbs, wood and leather. Tobacco qualities present as well with faint spices on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy, sweet tobacco gets the second third started with medium strength spices to follow, and linger well into the post draw with a delayed wood. A mossy vegetal and tobacco combination also comes through the post draw after a significant post draw delay. Bread moves into the center of the profile as the second third settles. There are no further flavor changes to remark on through the second third.
Jiunn: The second third still holds the same composure as the first third. Meatiness/game, barnyard, gritty dirt earthiness and cedar. It’s a great representation of a rustic profile. Strength and body remains medium.

Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the oak bitterness has mellowed once again. At a half inch in, the toast level becomes very heavy and the bitterness ramps up a fair amount. The retrohale is now heavily toasted oak with a fair amount of bitterness, earth and zingy black pepper. At an inch and a quarter in, the heavily toasted oak is now a decently charred oak. As the cigar wraps up, the charred oak and bitterness is up front, with earth right behind and black pepper a bit further behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the second. Some coffee notes present with stronger mineral and herb qualities. Leather, tobacco and dry earth on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: My flavor impressions here are mossy tobacco, dry wood and some mild spices to finish, which lingers into the post draw. Some mild chocolate pushes into the retrohale as the last third continues.
Jiunn: The final third becomes a bit too gritty dirt without enough of the other flavors the first two thirds were able to capture. This leads to more of a mundane flavor profile. Strength is nearing medium-full, while body finishes the same medium.

Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout, but never needed any intervention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Rough start, but the second and final third were prefect.
John: The burn was even through the entire review with no interventions required.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Great draw from start to finish.
John: The draw was mildly into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with musty, toasted oak and baking spice. Some earth joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw some chalkiness join in, the staleness transitioned to bitterness and the baking spice transitioned to black pepper. The final third saw the toasted oak become charred oak. The Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego had an average flavor profile through the first two thirds, lacking some balance. The final third dropped a level as the charred oak wasn’t that pleasant. Overall, not a very exciting blend for a company that typically puts out exciting blends. Maybe another vitola is better, but I don’t see myself returning to this one.
Seth: I think it’s important to try every Plasencia release, because even if past releases have not spoken to you, they release something different all the time. There is no overlap. Of the three Cosecha releases I have smoked, I found the Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego to be the darker and dryer version of the three releases. It had this flavor quality which I feel speaks to the European market, but with the body and strength for the American market. Lots of herbs, minerals, wood and tobacco.
John: The Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego delivered a lot of quintessential Honduran tobacco notes, which for me didn’t provide a flavor profile that was engaging or different than many offerings already available in the market. The burn was perfect while the draw was mildly into the resistant spectrum. Plasencia makes a number of cigars that I thoroughly enjoy, however the Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego didn’t deliver a flavor profile that I’d be interested in returning to. Total smoking time was very value forward at 2 hours and 39 minutes.
Jiunn: The Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego did a great job of providing a meaty and rustic flavor experience. The darker notes had the ability to create a thick and layered palate (the kind where even having food will not help). I’ll gladly smoke more of these.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
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GoodPre
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Good
AverageFirst
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GoodFirst
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AverageFirst
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Good
AverageSecond
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AverageSecond
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Good
SubparFinal
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Very GoodBurnGoodBurnAmazingBurnAmazing
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AverageOverallAverageOverallAverageOverallGood

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.15

Cost/Point

$2.58

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.31

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$2.38

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.95

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Plasencia Cosecha 151 San Diego

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