The Alma Fuerte (tr – Strong Soul) is a Cigar well suited for a long repose of relaxation and reflection
Ephesians 3:16 – He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His spirit in the inner man
I was blessed with the Plasencia Alma Fuerte, Generacion V, as a gift from a very generous BOTL who resides in New York. He has superb taste in cigars and always seems to know where to find the “special” ones. Just the appearance of this cigar reeks of elegance without being fragile and beauty without being weak. This is a smoke that should be savoured for a time when deep reflection and deep conversations will take place. Time is needed to truly bask in the flavours, the feel and the slow burn of a truly special cigar.
Puro – Variations of Criollo 98′ grown in Nicaragua (Jalapa, Condega, Esteli’, Ometepe)
Wrapper – Dark Shade Grown (Jalapa, Nicaragua)
Binder – Nicaragua (Jalapa, Condega, Esteli’, Ometepe)
Filler – Nicaragua (Jalapa, Condega, Esteli’, Ometepe)
Vitola – Perfecto, Box Press, 7″ x 58 (Generacion V)
Made – Plasencia Factory, Esteli’ Nicaragua
Price – $22.00 / single $220 / box 10
Draw and Light
After smelling and handling this gorgeous perfecto box press, I made a straight cut about 1/4″ off the head of the cigar. As I suspected there was a mild tightness to the dry draw due to the vitola. However, the taste was rich and unlike the some of the more “barnyard” type smells often noted in many cigars.
The wrapper has a slight oily feel but appears more like brown suede. This is a fairly substantial cigar so it is meant to be enjoyed most while no physical activities are involved. It has a solid feel and appearance and just enough wrapper edges to make it beautiful rather than pretty.
The toasting process was easy although I did note that it took a bit longer to make sure the foot was lit thoroughly even with the small perfecto tip. This is a cigar jam packed with Nicaraguan tobaccos and extra care should be taken to make sure the toast is thorough.
My initial reaction was one of a bit of surprise. Along with a shot of spice and red pepper, I was hit in the nose with an almost “perfume” type taste. It quickly smoothed down and I was able to distinguish a more floral note rather than perfume. However the spice and pepper were predominant as I enjoyed the plethora of creamy smoke this cigar was producing.
In between the spice and pepper the floral continued along with some dark cocoa and leather. The retrohale provides a spicy hot cinnamon flavor that reminded me of the “red hot” cinnamon candies that are often used on baked goods. There is a nice smokey flavor (not BBQ) that seems to be mixed in as I get ready to start into the next third.
As I initially thought, this cigar is taking some time. I’m okay with that though as I’m truly enjoying the creamy smoke and various flavours that come in and out. The smokey flavor has come forward more and reminds me a little of pipe tobacco. Just enough to help me relax even more.
The ash holds extremely well and is a light gray with lots of white dispersed throughout. After deciding whether I would attempt a “long ash” I decided to give it a tap and did so throughout the rest of the smoke each time the ash reached an inch or two.
There is a richness to this cigar that keeps the ebbing and flowing floral taste from becoming too overpowering yet enough to keep it flavourful. Without it I believe this cigar would be a bit boring down the long haul.
The dark cocoa is mixed with some dark chocolate and nuts and the pepper is backing off to reveal a nice mix of leather, smoke, cocoa, chocolate, nuts and floral. I feel like I’ve hit the sweet spot as I near the end of the second third. With this being a 7 inch vitola, I still have a couple of inches of smoking for my last third, so I’m happy with where I am so far.
Now I’m in my zone. There is a nice smokey, creamy flavor that I am thoroughly enjoying. The pepper has receded and the dark chocolate and nuts mix nicely with the leather while the floral comes in and out in just the right amount.
The cigar has remained lit without any need for touch up, although I did do so once. This was only due to my now revealed anal retentive need for a straight burn line.
I feel like I’ve been smoking for hours as I near the end of this cigar. It has been a couple of hours and I feel relaxed and almost ready for a nap. The power of this cigar is noticeable throughout but not hard hitting in a sneaky way as I am in the last third. I am ready to be done with this smoke, yet I am still desiring the flavours that I experienced.
Be prepared for the burst of spice and pepper out of the gate. This cigar will let you know that it means business. It will also provide you with scrumptious amounts of smoke, smooth creaminess, and a multitude of floral, leather, cocoa, chocolate and a few other flavours sneaking in and out.
Where your sweet spot is on this cigar depends on your palette but for me it was the end of the second third and lasted into the end of the cigar. This cigar is meant to be paid attention to while smoking.
This is a phenomenal cigar in my opinion. Definitely box worthy even with the higher price tag. I have many “go to” cigars in my line up and aside from the Opus X’s, Padron’s and other higher end cigars saved for special occasions, I am sure that the Alma Fuerte now has a place among them.
This is a cigar that I will crave when I am on vacation and have plenty of down time. I would use this for celebratory times and for celebratory gifts to my BOTLs and SOTLs. It is special enough for just those times.
*Overall Rating – 94.3
The Plasencia family really hit a homerun with the Alma Fuerte. It’s class. It’s flavor. It’s box worthy. Not the cigar for every day smoking but it definitely made my top 10 of the cigars I save for special celebrations and memories.
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