Cigar Reviews

Amador Garcia Superior Natural

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Just over a year ago, Antonio and Rafael Garcia created the Amador Garcia brand. With deep family ties to the tobacco world and many years on the farms and in the factories themselves, it was only natural for the two cousins to branch out with their own cigars. According to Amador Garcia Cigars:
Our mission is to provide you with cigars of superior quality for your most precious moments. We are two cousins (Antonio & Rafael Garcia )who have been blessed with exposure to the art of premium tobacco cultivation and hand made cigar manufacturing from a very young age. As a result of this acquaintance with excellence, we are on a continuous journey to improve ourselves and the cigars we blend for you every day. By combining quality ingredients, years of expertise and never ending enthusiasm, the result is a cigar that surpasses the most stringent of expectations.
Amador Garcia Superior Natural (1)
The Amador Garcia Superior is the first line in the Amador Garcia portfolio and is available in either an Ecuadorian or Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper. Manufactured at their family’s factory Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the cigars are made in six vitolas: perla, petit corona, robusto, toro, torpedo and churchill.  Having never heard of a “perla” vitola before, I was informed that it measures in at 4 by 40.  Amador Garcia cigars will soon be available through their website, amadorgarcia.com, and are currently sold at major retailers in the Miami area.

Amador Garcia Superior Natural

THE FACTS

Price: Unknown
Vitola: Toro
Size: 6 by 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 15 Minutes

PRE-LIGHT

The Amador Garcia Superior Natural is dressed in a medium tan Ecuadorian leaf that has its fair share of bumps and veins. The veins are immediately apparent due to being lighter in color than the rest of the wrapper. The roller got a little carried away with the vegetable paste as there are splotches of it down the leaf.

Amador Garcia Superior Natural

As I bring the wrapper of the cigar to my nose, I find a very faint aroma of generic wood and some caramel sweetness. That sweetness carries over to the foot of the cigar, along with a decent amount of baking spices that tickle the nose. Big flavors of baking spices and rich cedar are found on the cold draw after cutting the double cap. The draw is perfect.

Amador Garcia Superior Natural

FIRST THIRD

The Amador Garcia Superior Natural opens with mild to medium flavors of pencil shavings, earth, natural tobacco sweetness, and a sour quality. I am also picking up on a cinnamon spice reminding me of Big Red gum. The closest flavor I can associate with the sour quality would be orange peel. Since first light, the flavors have steadily progressed, bringing the cigar to medium by the end of the first third and the smoke is somewhat chewy. A light gray, firm ash is forming as the cigar burns mostly even.

Amador Garcia Superior Natural

MIDDLE THIRD

As I pull into the second third, both the richness and spice are intensifying, while the sweetness is on the decline and the orange peel has completely exited. The earlier cinnamon spice remains, but it is now accompanied with some pepper. Cedar, coffee and earth are the central flavors and the profile remains balanced. As I retrohale the smoke, the pepper is sharp, but still on the enjoyable side.

Amador Garcia Superior Natural

FINAL THIRD

Entering the final third, I notice several small cracks forming on the wrapper, but it doesn’t seem to be impacting the flavors or the experience at all. This cinnamon note that has held through the cigar is working very well with the profile and is pairing up with a toasted flavor now. The spice is warming up my mouth and the sweetness has come back around as I begin to wrap up the cigar. 

Amador Garcia Superior Natural

WRAP-UP

I know I say this a lot, but this is one of my favorite parts about this job (still waiting on my first paycheck from Tony). I love trying new cigars on the market, especially when they are this good! The Amador Garcia Superior Natural provides a profile that builds from mild/medium to solid medium with a unique and enjoyable profile. The sweetness, the cinnamon, and even the orange peel worked well and the level of spice kept my palate alert, along with the thick mouth feel. I can’t wait to see what the Maduro version has to offer.

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

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