The La Campina cigar is a Famous Smoke Shop exclusive and is made at the Plasencia factory in Esteli. It uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and fillers from Esteli, Jalapa and Jamastran. The first thing I noticed with this cigar is the goofy band. I’m not a marketing expert so I’m not sure how a guy playing a guitar fits in with cigars and the countryside theme of the name. Anyway, the cigar’s construction seems very good. Clipping the head I get a nice easy draw that gives me some sweet hay notes.
First half: The cigar opens up with rich creamy smoke laced with notes of roasted nuts. I get a slight bitterness on the finish, something I find with many Connecticut wrappers. After about an inch into the cigar the slight bitterness fades away and is replaced by the sweet hay notes I got from the cold draw. The retrohale at this point has a touch of pepper spice and mixes well with the other flavors. The aroma has notes of cedar and a hint of vanilla. The burn and ash are both about perfect.
Second half: The flavors of sweet hay and roasted nuts from the first half are still dominating and haven’t changed. The pepper I get in the retrohale builds throughout the second half and eventually gets too strong for me to pass through my sinus without making my eyes water. I really like the aroma from the cigar. There are notes of cedar, baked bread, some sweetness and once in a while I detect a hint of mint.
Final thoughts: Despite the goofy picture on the band I was surprised and actually liked this cigar. The La Campina performed very well. The one criticism I have is with the glue on the band. Many of the cigars I smoked for this review had the band glued to the wrapper which caused some damage. Luckily it didn’t affect the burn or the draw. The strength and body stayed a solid medium and I found the flavors simple but enjoyable. The La Campina is a solid cigar and at $3.00 – $4.00 is affordable. I recommend giving the La Campina a try.
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a box: 4/5