Brand: Bodega Premium Blends Country: Nicaragua
Size: Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 46 Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Price: $10.00 No. Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
According to the Bodega Premium Blends webiste, the Reunión line:
is designed around fellowship – gathering, connectedness and friendship
Knowing that, it’s easy to understand the tree with roots flowing bellow the Reunión text. It’s also one of the most colorful labels you’ll find, with deep purples and reds that look great against the glossy silver tree. The label does a great job of giving the stick a premium look to match the company name.
What We Liked:
On the pre-light draw, you’ll find notes of barnyard and sweet, dried fruit luring you in. I know barnyard doesn’t sound appetizing, but I think you’ll agree that you’ll want to light up after taking the initial draw. Upon lighting, these flavors persist, with raisins and a sweet earth present for the first inch.
By the halfway point, a slight peppery spice has shown up, while the dried fruit and raisin has faded a bit, allowing a rich and creamy earth to settle in. There is a still a fair amount of sweetness, maintaining that delicious balance you’d hope to find in a premium cigar.
At the point you need to remove the label, you’ll be sad that you’re nearing the end. The smoke is now exceptionally smooth, and those sweet flavors are still present, but now with the addition of strong cocoa note. For me, this is about as in my wheelhouse as a flavor profile can get.
If you use twitter at all to follow cigar related blogs or companies, it’s difficult not to come across @Cigar_G. When it was announced that he and some friends were launching the Bodega brand, I was incredibly intrigued. According to the Bodega Premium Blends website:
…the Reunión Digestivo’s genesis was inspired by the culinary arts. Spanish for digestif, Digestivo usually refers to: “a cocktail or other alcoholic beverage that is specifically served after a meal. The purpose of a digestif is to aid in the digestion following a meal
I did, in fact, smoke the Digestivo immediately following a meal, though not exactly a high-class one. I can’t say if this pairs well with steak or seafood, but if you find yourself eating a buffalo chicken pizza, know that the Digestivo won’t let you down.
What We Didn’t Like:
As I approached the nub, feeling head over heels in love with the Reunión Digestivo, I began to imagine myself buying a box. I then went googling to find out what that would run me, only to realize these little guys cost $10.00. That puts the Digestivo into a very competitive price point alongside many other premium boutique cigars. I think it’s a great cigar and certainly worth buying a few, but it could be a very tough sell for somebody looking to try out the brand.
Should You Try/Buy It:
At $10.00, the decision to dive into the Bodega Reunión Digestivo may not be easy. If you do take the plunge, I’m certain you won’t regret it. With as great a start to a brand as this, I’m now even more excited to try the Reunión Aperitivo as well as any future sticks that Bodega Premium Blends releases down the road.
Disclaimer: Cigar smoked for review was provided by Emilio Cigars.