The cap was beautifully done and clipped-off in a perfect circle offering just the right amount of pull on the draw with a wood-nutty pre-light taste. The cigar also lit evenly exposing a firm, gray marble ash.
The smoke started off on the mild side with a creamy, woody base. One of the first things I noticed was how nicely balanced it was. By the midpoint, the smoke began to reveal a more nutty flavor and had a longer finish. The cigar also picked up in spiciness, which I would attribute to (as Miami Cigar puts it), the “feisty” binder, which I presume is a ligero, and the Nicaraguan filler which is most likely EstelÃ ligero. Regardless, the cigar was consistently smooth, creamy, very aromatic, and never drifted too far north of medium-bodied.
In the last couple of inches, the cigar remained well-balanced, yet had gained somewhat in strength with darker, richer tobacco flavors, some oakiness, and a hint of semi-sweetness in the finish. I would add that if you’ve smoked some good Cuban cigars, this cigar comes pretty close in character.
Leon Jimenes cigars have always been top-quality handmades, yet you don’t often hear much about them. With this new Prestige line, the brand has reinvented itself with a true luxury class cigar that’s well worth trying. For more information visit the Leon Jimenes Prestige page at MiamiCigarandCompany.com.