There are two things that are known to bring people together; cigars and music. Inspired by both, Aging Room’s Raphael Nodal dreamt up the La Bohème, a premium addition to the Aging Room portfolio.
A stunning piece of craftsmanship, the La Bohème is masterfully blended with:
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Dominican Habano
Filler: Dominican Habano
Vitola of Eval: Poeta, 54 x 5.75
Picking it up, I was immediately struck by beauty of the cigar. Appearing bigger than it’s 54 ring gauge, it was firm to the squeeze and smooth to the touch despite an abundance of veins in the wrapper leaf. While they were visually prevalent, I couldn’t feel them as I held the cigar. With an old school feel, the La Bohème sported an antique gold and cream band with a Cuban portrait, gold coins and the text “Tabaco Escogido Garantia Del Fabricante, La Bohème, Republica Domincana, which roughly translates to “Maker of select tobacco”.
While I enjoyed the first, I was convinced that this cigar had something more than tobacco making up the blend. It felt like it had a good story and some serious vision behind it. So my curiosity got the best of me, as I was compelled to reach out to to Mr. Nodal to ask, “What you were looking for with the blend and what did you want the consumer to experience and feel when smoking this blend. Where were you trying to take us?”
Rafael quickly responded to my message with:
“The New La Bohème is actually a mix of 3 of my passion in life. Music, Cigars and Cuba. First, the art in the label is a 1800’s Cuban cigar art. Second, the name la Bohème is a famous Opera by Puccini. And finally, the blend, made from very old Dominican tobaccos and an Habano wrapper grown in Ecuador. The blend is my take on what I call the “Golden Era of Cuban cigars”. That aroma and smell that I remember from the Cuban cigars when I was growing up in Cuba and my interpretation of what I think were those old Cuban cigars.”
The La Bohème burned like a champ, produces huge amounts of thick smoke. The burn was patient and sharp, remaining nearly flawless as I enjoyed it. The silky, oily wrapper left behind those signature little pockets of tooth that I love to see on the ash. Flavors to note were a bit of pepper to start, transitioning to a oaky and creamy sweetness from the middle through the end. Packing a bit of a punch, I’d say that it was closer to the full end of the medium to full-bodied scale.
While the La Bohème was a little bit pricier than I prefer for a stick, I’d definitely say that this one is well worth the $12 price point. Nodal’s inspiration translated into a great Cubanesque smoke that I highly recommend for experienced cigar enthusiasts.
Cigars for this eval were purchased by Justin Harris at The Smokey Cigar, Hendersonville, TN.