Thursday, April 12, 2012

Savinelli Nicaragua Reserve 2007 Vintage Trabajador Review

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper origin: Ecuador
Wrapper type: Maduro
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 4”
Ring: 58
Cost: $5.60

Appearance (0-20): Savinelli took a page out of the Nub book, going with a smaller sized cigar with a unique, almost box pressed shape. The rich outer wrapper cloaks this cigar fully, with no visible blemishes, major veins, etc. The purple on the label borders a pastel in color, giving it very eye catching properties when combined with the black and silver. If you like Nubs, the appearance on this one should run shivers up your spine, in a good way.
Score: 20
Construction (0-20): When I grabbed this stick from the humidor I noticed immediately that the wrapper had a little bit of give to it, being soft to the touch. Everything felt pretty good within though, as there was just the right amount of tobacco spread throughout. The cut revealed a small amount of residue, but I will note it was just a tad more than I would have liked. The light and burn was even, with a very cool smoke down to the nub. The only other thing of note on this Savinelli is that the ash held about an inch and a half before needing to be flicked off.
Score: 17

Strength (0-20):  The medium to full rating seemed spot on for the cigar. It began with a very hefty strength for me, but slowly scaled back to nearly a medium smoke by the last puffs.
Score: 18

Flavor (0-20): I really wasn’t sure what to think going into this cigar, and smoking it gave me a bit of a conundrum too. When I began, there were both tastes of coffee and citrus with a large smash of pepper added in. The retrohale was filled with spice, giving the full kick. The same taste continues during the smoke, only varying to less pepper as the taste continued on further. Oddly enough the coffee flavor with the bit of citrus was really enjoyable, but not completely compatible at the same time. The sweet aspect compliments the coffee, but the actual taste was slightly off. Still, this was an interesting smoke.
Score: 16

Value (0-20): Looking at the prices of Nubs, this falls right in line with their MSRP. And given their taste… I would rate this as a better cigar than the majority of the Nubs I have had.
Score: 18

Additional Notes: Paired with coffee on my deck.

Overall (0-100): The major standout is how wonderful this cigar looks right off the bat. The construction is solid and it’s definitely value packed. The unfortunate portion is the slight conflict in the flavor palette, and very minor construction questions. Overall this was a very good cigar that I would have another of in a heartbeat.
Score: 89

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