Personal Cigar Review: VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Capa 20

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Cigar Details: VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Capa 20

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Mexico
  • Binder: United States
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Peru
  • Factory: Tabacalera de Garcia
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: €8.90
  • Release Date: July 2021
  • Source: Tabacalera de Garcia

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Capa 20 is light brown but has a green tinge around the raised, knotty veins that are present. The seams are pretty smooth and the caps are well applied. There are two bands, with the primary being black and silver and carrying the brand logo. The secondary band is brick red and silver and denotes Capa 20. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of wood and earth while the foot brings a wonderful aroma of raisin bread. The pre-light draw brings cedar and a light raisin bread note.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted cedar, dry earth and light bitterness. At a quarter inch in, the bitterness has departed and the profile is an even mix of toasted cedar and dry earth. The retrohale is toasted cedar and a light chalkiness. At an inch in, a light chalkiness joins the profile. At an inch and a quarter, a light mustiness joins and pairs up with the chalkiness. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar and dry earth even up front with a light mix of mustiness and chalkiness in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.

Second Third

The second third begins as a continuation from the first. At a half inch in, the chalkiness is pretty faint, but the overall profile is now a bit dry. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and mustiness. The third wraps up with the even mix of toasted cedar and dry earth with the mustiness right behind and faint chalkiness in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

The final third sees the toast level increase a bit. At a half inch in, the toast level becomes quite heavy and a light bitterness joins the profile. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, dry earth and mustiness. The cigar wraps up with the heavily toasted cedar, dry earth, mustiness and light bitterness. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout. The cigar went out twice, requiring re-lights. The ash held on in near inch and a half increments.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar was pretty linear throughout, with a flavor profile focused around toasted cedar, dry earth and mustiness. The construction had some burn issues, but I don’t think it had a big effect on the cigar. 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.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

N/A

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
AverageFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
AverageBurn
Very GoodDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Capa 20
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Capa 20

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