Cigar Reviews

Felix Assouline Cigars – L.R. Something Special

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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching with less than six days to go. I have already made a few trips to different shops around town to load up on my cigars for next Thursday. I look forward to lighting up some stogies with my step-dad, brother, and couple of my good buddies….yes, Tony is included in the good buddy part. Not sure if I will have time for a review next week but I will do my best. Now, onto this week’s review of the Limited Reserve Something Special by Felix Assouline Cigars.

Felix Assouline Cigars - L.R. Something Special

As mentioned in last week’s review, Felix Assouline Cigars currently has four brands under their belt: EGO, Ringo, Something Special, and Havana Sunrise Reserve. The Limited Reserve Something special is produced in six vitolas at Felix Assouline’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Available vitolas include the Elegant (5 ½ by 44), Sublime ( 5 by 52), Phoenix (6 ½ by 54 Belicoso), Virtuoso (6 ½ by 54), Exquisite (6 ½ by 58 Torpedo), and Majestic (6 ½ by 58).

Felix Assouline Cigars - L.R. Something Special

The Facts

Samples Provided by Felix Assouline Cigars
MSRP: $4.50
Vitola: Sublime
Size: 5 by 52
Wrapper: Habano Criollo 98
Binder: Indonesian
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Drink: Water
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

Pre-light

As I remove the Limited Reserve Something Special from the cellophane, I am greeted with a pungent aroma of musty earth and manure, with an underlying sweetness.  The color on the Habano Criollo 98 wrapper is mostly consistent in its rusty-brown color.  I do not encounter any soft spots as I press lightly down the stick.

Felix Assouline Cigars - L.R. Something Special

The foot aroma reminds me of potpourri that is common around the winter holidays with a rich, warm, welcoming aroma of  cinnamon, nutmeg, and cedar. A shallow cut of the large double cap opens up a free draw.   The cold draw is much of the same flavors as the foot aroma and a spice can be felt on my lips.

Felix Assouline Cigars - L.R. Something Special

First Third

The Limited Reserve Something Special opens with a beautiful, rich cedar flavor. The smoke has a slight tartness to it that is actually complimenting the richness quite nicely. Some mild spice can be felt in my mouth and bright, white pepper notes show-off on the retrohale. At the one inch point, a lot of sweetness has entered the mix but quickly fades. The cigar has a  clean cedar finish. The burn-line is thick and edgy but no need for a touch-up so far. The Something Special is burning slow with the first gray, flaky ash dropping at twenty-five minutes.

Felix Assouline Cigars - L.R. Something Special

Middle Third

The cigar is producing a satisfying amount of smoke with each small draw. The cedar remains at the core of the smoke into the second third. The mustyness that I picked up during the pre-light inspection has found its way into the profile, along with some coffee. Wow, the cinnamon and spice have picked up a couple of notches making this one rich cigar. Once again the sweetness  that I experienced in the first third arrived and departed quickly. This sweetness is different than a chocolate or sugar-cane. To me, it tastes more artificial. The burn is mostly in-line as I put a close to the middle third.

Felix Assouline Cigars - L.R. Something Special

Final Third

The spice feel in the mouth has changed from a peppery spice to more of a jalapeno heat that is somewhat acidic. The woodsy cedar notes have shifted to more of a hickory wood, especially in the room aroma.  Toasty bread-like notes , along with a faint chocolate sweetness are entering the mix as the cigar begins to wind down. The flavors are staying enjoyable to the end.  Only one  quick touch-up was required in the last third.

Felix Assouline Cigars - L.R. Something Special

Wrap-up

This 5 by 52 cigar smoked incredibly slow and delivered some excellent flavors for one and a half hours. The woodsy cedar made up the core of the smoke with shifts and variations of the rich spice notes throughout the experience. Due to the richness in the Something Special, I could see this pairing incredibly well with a drink that would offset the richness……maybe some COFFEE! Prior to smoking the L.R. Something Special I was unaware of the price. Now knowing the $4.50 MSRP, this is an easy buy in my book.  I am not sure how readily available Felix Assouline cigars are, but if you happen to stumble across this stick, give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

Felix Assouline Cigars - L.R. Something Special

Jeremy Hensley is a bean counter for a non-profit in El Paso, Texas. He is married to the most understanding wife (he still can’t figure out how she puts up with his cigar smoking hobby), and blessed with two beautiful children. When he is not acting like a kid, he enjoys everything outdoors, especially fishing with his dad in the Great Lakes. Also, he meets the criteria of being a Casa Fumando reviewer: being a hockey fan. Feel free to contact Jeremy anytime via email (jmhensley13[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/pdn_jdog

4 Comments

  1. jjo

    November 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for the review, Jeremy. Sounds like a no-brainer to try at that price. Unfortunately, I can’t find any info as to where to find them.

    I hope you guys have a great Turkey Day!

    • Michel Malek

      November 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Hi JJO,

      Thank you for the interest in wanting to try our cigar. While we continue to grow our network of retailers, you can find this cigar and the rest of our cigar line in our online store at http://www.felixassouline.com/store.

      Warm regards,

      Michel Malek

      • jjo

        November 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm

        Michel, thank you for the quick response. I will check it out. Have a great weekend and holiday!

  2. czerbe

    November 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Great write up. I can’t find these in my area but if I do I will be sure to pick some up.

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