Wrapper type: Mexican Oscuro
Appearance (0-20): Very similar to the Mi Amor, which I smoked last week, the Reserva has another very rich brown wrapper. This one sports a Mexican Oscuro, which I expected to be a little bit darker. Nonetheless, it was another appetizing smoke that draws you towards it in the cigar shop. The only real differentiating factor here was the different sizes, along with the larger secondary band that designates its "Reserva"" title.
Construction (0-20): Everything seems to be the status quo for La Aroma de Cuba cigars. The craftsmanship is always well done, and each aspect of the smoke comes together well. The burn was fairly even during the smoke, the draw was smooth and easy, and the ash coiled nicely for close to 2 inches at a time.
Score: 18Strength (0-20): Similar to the original LADC, you definitely will feel some nicotine kick. While not a cigar that you need to have a huge meal before, yet it still gives you a med-full experience.
Flavor (0-20): The Reserva line seems to have a similar blend to the original, except for one detail. Additional spice. I would say that the cigar tastes just about the same, except I found it to have quite a bit more spice. Most of the time I enjoy a spicy/sweetness balance, but I actually liked the original better. While there was nothing bad about the smoke, I didn't feel that the flavors complimented each other enough. Besides the spice, you will find strong notes of cocoa with some dashes of woodiness.
Score: 17Value (0-20): For the extra $2 to jump up to the Reserva line, I thought that the original was a better value. Still a rather tasty smoke, but over the $9 price might be a stretch for me.
Additional Notes: Smoked at Cigars International, paired with coffee
Overall (0-100): I think it was good that I smoked the original and Reserva back to back. This really gave me an opportunity to review each cigar and compare the two. Both cigars are very similar, as stated above, but the Reserva will present some additional spice and additional money. While everyone has their preference and opinion, I didn't see much more from this smoke that would warrant the extra $2. After reading through the review it may seem like I am bashing the smoke, but it is hard to re-market a very successful cigar (the original) if something drastic wasn't changed. If you liked the LADC, then you will most likely enjoy this as well.