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Cigar Review: Plasencia Cigars Alma Fuerte Robustus I

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
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Plasencia Cigars Alma Fuerte Robustus I

 

 

 

The Plasencia family has been growing tobacco for five generations, own three major factories in Nicaragua and make cigars for almost everyone in the industry.

Plasencia Alma Fuerte, a unique blend of the best-aged tobaccos, grown in the highest quality soil, accentuating their bold, vibrant and intense flavors. 

Alma Fuerte is a Nicaraguan puro that uses a wrapper from Jalapa, a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Condega, Estelí, Jalapa and Ometepe.

The Alma Fuerte line is rolled at Plasencia Cigars S.A. factory in Nicaragua.

The Alma Fuerte Cigar represents the Plasencia’s first major push to get their own brand into the market and their name known throughout the world

Each box comes with a lid that when flipped around has a branded pewter insert over the wood and doubles as an ashtray.

 

 

 

Alma Fuerte Sizes:

  • Alma Fuerte Generacion V: 7 x 58 (Salomon)
  • Alma Fuerte Nestor IV: 7 1/4 x 54 (Toro)
  • Alma Fuerte Sixto II Hexagon: 6 x 60 
  • Alma Fuerte Robustus I: 5 1/2 x 52

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper is milk chocolate in color with notable seam, smooth with almost no tooth.

All examples had pretty notable vein, the vitola used for media on the review had two sizable veins near the cap running almost the length of the cigar.

Box pressed at 5 1/4 x 52 it’s rolled in the Robusto format with a squared foot and a semi rounded triple cap.

Three bands sit in the vitola, the main band is matte black with “PLASENCIA” in gold font with “ALMA FUERTE” in white and a large “P” encircled in gold to round out the design.

Above the main label is a thinner band with several gold circled “P’s” surrounding the vitola.

The footer contains a gold band with black trim reading “ALMA FUERTE” in black font.

Pre-light aroma had notes cocoa bean, creamy malt, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

The cold draw produced flavors of light caramel, cedar and vegetal.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

Rich cedar and baked brownies emanate from the toasted foot.

Immediate flavors of leather, wood char and raw walnuts.

After 9-10 draws the blend settles in with an abundance of rich dark chocolate, black coffee and cedar.

Background flavors of roasted malt and a zest of dried dark fruit similar to plums.

Black pepper covers the palate and throat at a level of MED.

A quick sting of white pepper on the retro-hale evolving into a continuous evolution of chocolate.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half consistent flavors of cocoa bean, rich dark chocolate and coffee are up front and on point.

The background profile compliments the core flavors with dark roasted malt and a subtle sweetness of dried fruit.

The Alma Fuerte Robusto remains MED bodied with a stream of black pepper notable on all areas of the palate actively and in between draws.

A FULL sting of white pepper on the retro-hale with a long finish of chocolate.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third core flavors of cocoa, rich dark chocolate and coffee are up front and on point.

Dark roasted malt with a subtle dried fruit sweetness and an appearance of oily walnuts.

Black pepper has remained consistent and complex at a level of MED balancing in with all the aforementioned flavors.

Complimenting the blend has been the retro-hale on every draw with FULL white pepper producing a long finish of chocolate.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Heavy vein on all examples posed no construction issues. The vitola was well packed with no palpable soft spots, inconsistencies or cracks.

 

• BURN: The burn line was razor sharp with a consistent smolder of wrapper, binder and filler producing a thin circular carbon line.

 

• ASH: The light grey ash held an inch-plus producing an image of neatly stacked dimes requiring force to tap off.

 

• CUT: Large v-cut was used on the semi circular cap on all examples smoked for review.

 

• DRAW: A perfect milkshake type draw on all examples producing an abundance of thick creamy white smoke with an aroma of chocolate and cedar.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple flame torch.

 

• STRENGTH: The vitola stayed consistently MED bodied from first light to final third.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

The Plasencia Alma Fuerte Robusto was quite enjoyable.

With flavors of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee the vitola was complex and consistent from first light to final third and never wavered from MED bodied.

The only downfall to the vitola is price!

Completely well worth it, however, just not practical for everyday consumption.

On the other hand they all end up in ashes, so for a few extra dollars you might as well enjoy a cigar that’s well worth the cash your going to fork out to enjoy it.

Even though pricey, it’s highly recommended and the box can even double as an ashtray.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Plasencia Cigars Alma Fuerte Robustus I

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 95

Size: 5 1/2 x 52

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan Condega, Estelí, Jalapa and Ometepe

Production: Regular 

Box count: 10-count boxes

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A. factory, Nicaragua

News source: Plasencia cigars

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

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