Cigar Reveal #141
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.