If you haven’t heard of or actually smoked a @lagaleracigars, I’m sure you’re not alone. Despite maybe not being familiar with the name, you most certainly are familiar with the man behind the brand. Jochy Blanco and the Tabacalera Palma factory have been the growers for many top names out there, but there comes a time when you have to do it for yourself. Jochy took his finest tobacco, aged it for 7 years, and produced the #1936 to commemorate the year the factory started. The cigar features Dominican filler and binder with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
Initial light and first 3rd:
– I love a grand, vibrant band that tells the story of the brand, the cigar, or the country of origin. The 1936 has its large gold embroidering, the brand’s name in the center, and two narrative frames on each side. One depicts a tobacco field, and the other has a lector (storyteller) reading to the rollers. The brown bridled outer leaf looks beautiful. The v-cut gives a ton of smoke in just my first few pulls. The introductory flavors are cedar, black pepper, tart coffee grounds, and heavy mineral. Further into the portion, it sweetens slightly and the mineral drops off. The cigar starts full of flavor and full-bodied.
– Going into the second portion, those coffee grounds turn into warm dark cocoa. The ash is holding well and the burn, while not pretty, seems even. That cedar and cocoa are pleasant compared to the tart, bitter beginning. It becomes hard to keep lit later in the smoke. This became an issue since I was using matches and because I was trying to get the full experience of the Dalmore Cigar Malt (and there’s a process). Wrapping this up, I have a lot of pepper with a bit of pencil lead that’s probably remnants from the mineral notes from the first portion.
– Rich oils exude from the burn ring on the cigar. Nice shine to it, and it coats the tongue. Now that I’ve switched my drink to an Americano, it’s giving me more of that earthy coffee joined by some nuttiness. Still loads of smoke even this late in the cigar. The notes are not necessarily my favorite, but I respect the complexity. The 1936 was better with the Americano (espresso) than scotch.