Brand: Ashton Country: Nicaragua
Size: Divino 6.2″ x 52 Wrapper: Mexican Cuban-Seed Oscuro
Price: $9.80 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
I have talked about the excellence of Ashton labels in the past and the La Aroma De Cuba line has some of my absolute favorite labels. Attention other cigar manufacturers: This is how you pull off a double band. The first band provides some interesting artwork that looks fantastic against the dark brown wrapper. The second band lets you know that you are smoking a special La Aroma De Cuba, the Mi Amor Reserva. Eye catching, and informative!
What We Liked:
I don’t think anybody will disagree with me if I say that this cigar is beautiful. It is almost too good looking to smoke. Well, almost. I want to buy a box of these just to let them sit in my humidor but never actually light them up. I am sure my wife will understand. Maybe I’ll just get a Mi Amor Reserva tattoo. I can’t imagine ever living to regret that.
I had heard that the Mi Amor Reserva was going to be a more powerful, fuller bodied version of the original Mi Amor. I didn’t find that to be the case. I’d call this a medium bodied smoke with only slight nods to its older brother. Flavor-wise, right from the start, you get a very sweet tobacco flavor with, and I am not kidding here, what I would refer to as a hint of sweet red wine.
After an inch or two, I noticed an elusive bit of spice that poked through for a short time and then faded away, giving back the spotlight to the sweet, earthy tobacco flavors found at the start. It’s worth repeating — this is a sweet cigar, both figuratively and literally.
The creaminess that can be found in the original Mi Amor is also present here, but not to the same extent. The La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor Reserva is still a creamy cigar, just not as creamy as it’s older, creamier bro.
What We Didn’t Like:
The price. The original La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor is one of the best cigars in the $5-$8 price range and the Mi Amor Reserva bumps that range to $8-$10. What do you get for that extra money? I can’t really answer that. Well, I can, but it’s not a good answer. You get a lesser cigar.
Where the original Mi Amor brings a variety of flavors, such as coffee, chocolate and spice, the Mi Amor Reserva is more of a one trick pony; sweetness. By no means is this an unpleasant cigar, it just doesn’t stand up to the original Mi Amor. The original Mi Amor is the cigar I recommend to friends new to the world of cigars. I don’t think I could recommend the Reserva with the same enthusiasm. The magic of the original is definitely lost in the new version.
Should You Try/Buy It:
I think Ashton could have a difficult time selling this new Reserva to consumers. The Mi Amor is too good for me to ever want to spend the extra money for a cigar that I wouldn’t say is any better. Here’s a marketing strategy if you want this cigar to sell — get rid of all the original Mi Amors. Or lower the price of the Reserva. I prefer the second option personally.
Despite all of that, I have never smoked an Ashton cigar that I didn’t like and the La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor Reserva (jeeze that is a mouthful) is no different. If you are fan of the original Mi Amor, you will almost certainly find a lot to like with the Reserva. Maybe you will find more to like than we did.
Interested in trying the La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor Reserva? You can buy it here.