I’m settling in on this rainy Friday to review the La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse.  Purchased this beauty from Governors a few days ago and have been itching to burn it ever since.  No, it’s not rested properly, yes I’m drinking rum at 1000 am, and nope!  Don’t care.  It comes well recommended from Brandon who, along with the Don Carlos Fuente, says this cigar is life changing.  Let’s hope so!

Pre-light:  oak with a hint of hay. Not my favorite, but promises something different.

First thoughts:  I’m getting a little of the same oaky notes that I smelled at the foot prior to torching it.  Ultra smooth smoke, easy to blow through the nose (retrohale), yet ultimately falls flat in the flavor department.

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Now that the first 1/2 inch or so has came and went, the rum is assisting in pulling out a little more flavor.  The oak has receeded a bit, and someone with a better palette than me might discern leather and possibly something nutty out of the La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse.  It’s still a duck hunt at this point.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good smooth smoke.  The draw is a perfect medium, the smoke has a creamy texture to it, and I would smoke this all day at a poker table.  BUT, from an analytical standpoint to inform cigar buyers everywhere, it must be said that the Noblesse is a very subtle smoke to my tastes.

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And there it is!  Just as I’m typing away my complaints, the next time I pick it up hits me with copious amounts of pepper, earth, and maybe the tiniest hint of that hay mentioned previously.  There’s also a sweet spice present, will try and flush it out soon.

Really starting to appreciate this more as the first inch came and went.  Just tasted something distinctly like movie popcorn!  And throughout the last ten minutes or so there’s been an interesting leather undertone rounding out the experience.  Definitely more robust than the first 1/2 inch, yet that same creamy texture and smooth smoke the entire time.

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When retrohaled through the nose, there’s a slight note of charred wood chips, but absolutely no harshness.  I don’t smoke a lot of cigars that can be retrohaled so easily, or so often.

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Starting to get more pepper, more oak, and even a little hickory from time to time.  The flavors are starting to become muffled again, though, and so far the sweet spot seems to have come and gone.

The ash is holding like a champ, despite fixing a couple burn issues early on.

 

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Annnnnd while carefully taking a picture, uploading it to this site and adding it to this post, the lights went out.  Relight coming up.  Damn you La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse.

Here’s a picture of the burn issues before I correct it:

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Definitely feeling more of an ashy taste after the relight and the velvety smooth smoke has been tainted.  Almost called the time of death right here as the bittery tar is seeping through.

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And yet… for some reason I think I’ll power through.  Not sure why exactly, but something told me to hit it again and I did.  It’s recovered, so I’ll recover with it and continue on with the La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse.

The tar has removed itself for the time being, and left us with a peanut taste.  If you follow this review community, you know that it’s the first time I’ve used what time of nut it is to describe a flavor.  It’s just that peanutty.

The amazingly soft retrohale is gone and has been replaced with a harsh, peppery assault of the senses during the beginning of the last third.

Eh, screw it.  The tar is back and I’m out.

Normally I wouldn’t post this review, and I’d wait until I smoked another one or two since my thoughts don’t align with several of my friends that I trust.  But you know what?  First impressions are important, and in today’s cigar lineup the average consumer doesn’t decide to smoke several of the same cigar before they form an opinion.  Sorry Ashton, the La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse just doesn’t do it for me like the VSG.

La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse
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Pros

Velvety smooth smoke

Subtle complexity

Cons

Too subtle

Overpriced

Mediocre construction

Burns uneven

Summary
From mediocre, to great, to mediocre again. Definitely would look elsewhere for a $16 cigar.
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Dave West

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Identifying as a Cigar Enthusiast more than an Aficionado, I enjoy trying new cigars and attempting to annotate my experience. Disclosure: As of June 2017, I began writing for SmallBatchCigar.com and will no longer be reviewing SBC exclusives
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