Cigar Reveal #141


Cigar Reveal #141

Plasencia Cigar Co.
ALMA FUERTE

We can officially insert Plasencia Alma Fuerte into the "expensive cigars that you just may need to talk yourself into paying for" category along with the 1926 Padrons, Opus's, Liga's, Illusione One Off, etc. At nearly $20 a stick, we must ask ourselves... Is it TWICE as good as a normal $10 cigar? Well, no. I think. Maybe. No. Possibly? Who can say. Fortunately we're able to just smoke them blind without worry of brand name or pricing. Ah, to be free of such troubles. But let's be clear, this a damn good cigar. 

The Plasencia family has been in the industry for 150 years, leaving during the Cuban Revolution, going to Nicaragua, leaving during the Nicaraguan Civil War, going to Honduras, then eventually returning back to Nicaragua (apparently attempting to produce quality cigars during war time is ill-advised). They now are one of the largest tobacco growers and cigar makers on the planet, producing cigars for dozens of well-known cigar brands. Fortunately for us they kept some of the best tobacco for themselves. The massive 7x58 size of the Alma Fuerte received the #9 Cigar of the Year in 2017, but we think this slightly slimmer ring gauge smokes the best of the three size options. It's a cigar that officially placed Plasencia, a world-renowned cigar maker, on the level of other top-tier brands in the world. 

Alma Fuerte
Anatomy

  • Nicaragua (Condega, Estelí, Jalapa + Ometepe)

  • Condega, Nicaragua

  • Jalapa, Nicaragua

Alma Fuerte
Flavor Notes

First Third

Cedar

Black Pepper

Black Coffee

Cedar

Black Pepper

Black Coffee

Second Third

Sweet Chocolate

Black Pepper

Black Coffee

Black Pepper

Black Coffee

Final Third

Leather

Earth

Cedar

Leather

Earth

Cedar

Reviews + Notes

Leaf Enthusiast

Some have opined that Plasencia’s entry into the premium cigar field with their own brand is long-overdue. If getting the Alma Fuerte just right was what they were waiting for, though, then I would say it was time well spent. This Nicaraguan puro is just fantastic, standing up very well against other “super premium” offerings. I would position this right between the aforementioned Davidoff Nicaragua and Padron 1926 Maduro in terms of body, richness, and overall experience. It was medium-to-full in body and strength, constantly delivering a stream of complex and beautiful flavor notes, really showing off what the Plasencia family has been growing in the Central American nation all these years. I say: spend the money, you won’t be sorry.

Cigar Aficionado

There's a sweet-and-salty character to this dark, oily box-pressed robusto. The draw is rich, delivering complex notes of caramel, earth and toffee underscored by touches of wood, all of which recur on the long finish.

Stogie Press

Overall, the Plasencia Alma Fuerte was an outstanding cigar and worthy of the name Plasencia. The company cut no corners in the cultivation of the leaf or production of this cigar. I have to say, if our top 25 list was open to large brands, this cigar would  be my pick for the number one cigar of the year in 2016. The price is high but this cigar is worth every cent and I will need to get some more and let them age, as this will be even more amazing after a year or two in the humidor.