Agile Cigar Reviews are cigar assessments where we use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or giving a score for the first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Cosecha 146 La Vega (Robusto Extra) size. This is a cigar we previously assessed back in January 2018 in the San Agustin (Torpedo) size.
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Plasencia Cigars SA
La Vega: 5 1/4 x 52
The Plasencia Cosecha 146 is a vintage cigar release that first made its debut at the 2017 IPCPR by Plasencia Cigars. The word “cosecha” means harvest, and the name Plasencia 146 refers to the 146th harvest of crops from Plasencia’s many farms. The tobaccos for this crop were considered to be exceptional, so Plasencia put the tobaccos away for aging and they were incorporated into the Cosecha 146 project. Today, we take a look at the Plasencia Cosecha 146 in the La Vega (Robusto Extra) size.
Since the Plasencia family own farms in many countries, the company decided to incorporate tobaccos from its top two countries where it harvests tobacco – Honduras and Nicaragua. The Cosecha 146 consists of a Honduran wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos in the filler. Production for the Cosecha 146 is handled at the company’s Estelí, Nicaragua factory. The Cosecha 146 is available in five sizes – each packaged in 20-count boxes. The La Vega is a parejo measuring 5 1/4 x 52.
The Plasencia Cosecha 146 started out with notes of earth, citrus, and red and white pepper. It didn’t take long for notes of cocoa and herb to emerge with both of these notes going primary. During the first third, the cocoa and earth notes alternated in intensity. By the second third, the earth and pepper notes increased in intensity. By the midway point, the earth notes joined the herb notes in the forefront. The last third saw the earth notes remain in the forefront. The pepper notes were close secondary notes along with the herb and cocoa and the citrus became a distant note. Overall, the flavors were medium bodied countered by medium strength. The strength and body increased slightly as the cigar experience progresses.
A few months ago, I assessed the San Agustin (Torpedo) size and enjoyed it quite a bit. With the La Vega (Robusto Extra), I found this cigar offered a little more in the way of strength and body. There also was a little more in the way of spice on the La Vega compared to the San Agustin. While I found the flavors more nuanced with the San Agustin, I still liked the fact the La Vega had a little more kick. This is a cigar I would recommend to an experienced cigar enthusiast and it’s one I would not discourage a novice from trying. As for myself, it’s a cigar I would smoke again and purchase multiples of.
Key Flavors: Earth, Cocoa, Herb, Pepper, Citrus
Complexity: Medium Plus
Finish: Very Good
Value: Buy Multiples
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop