La Boheme is latest line of cigars to be released by Boutique Blends Cigars. Boutique Blends also produces Aging Room and Swag cigar brands. President of Boutique Blends, Rafael Nodal, was at this year’s IPCPR trade show to unveil a number of his latest creations, one being La Boheme. The cigar is produced at the Tabacalera Palma Factory in the Dominican Republic guided by owner and blend master, Jochy Blanco. La Boheme is built of Dominican filler, wrapped with a Dominican binder and Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. It comes in 4 sizes ranging from the 3-1/2″ x 46 Mimi to the 6-1/4″ x 60 Musico. The one I have the pleasure of reviewing is the 5-1/8″ x 52 Pittore.
First off I want to say that the construction on this cigar was top notch. It had a nice, solid ash, excellent burn rate, and the draw was resistive without being tight. The barrel of the cigar was solid and even, with a number of medium sized veins. The seams were a bit open and quite obvious and the medium brown wrapper had a dull, dry look to it. I found there was a slight sweetness of the nose off the foot, but not really much of anything from the wrapper itself.
Initially the cigar had a very dry mouth feel, but a pleasing sharpness to the retrohale and an earthy, slightly caramel flavor across my palate. The cigar had subtle creaminess through its first half and early on the smoke left a spicy tingle in my mouth that would prove to be short-lived. Other than that it was a very plain tasting cigar. Through the first half I kept thinking it was missing something in the complexity of flavors; that there was a void in the profile that needed to be filled. It left me unsatisfied and wanting for something, some kind of flavor to round it out.
That void was somewhat filled by a charred meat component that did round out the creaminess found in the first half that continued through the last half. But for whatever reason, the smoke then weighed more heavily on my palate and required almost continuous sips of water to clear it. Having to sip water to moisten my smoke-dried palate is one thing, but having to constantly do it because my mouth felt like it was wearing a wool sweater is quite another. I find it very hard to enjoy a cigar under those circumstances.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
I’m going to go with “No”. I can’t think of one reason I’d pick this stick up again. It just isn’t the type of cigar I like. But as always I encourage everyone to try it for themselves. Who knows, it may just be your new go-to breakfast stick.
So once again Dojo… Dojo Mojo, Ya’ll!!
- Solid burn
- Excellent draw
- Dull, dry flavors
- Lacks complexity
- No direction