Plasencia Alma Fuente Sixto II: A sublime premium puro
Very often I get to hear about a cigar long before I get the opportunity to try it for myself. Sometimes they live up to the hype, sometimes I can’t quite understand the fuss. The Plasencia Alma Fuente Sixto II was one of those that I had heard about and was very interested in trying for myself. The near £30 price tag here in the UK had set it way out of my usual price bracket but when a friend gifted me one, I knew that I would be saving it for a special occasion.
I was hoping to spend my post-Christmas dinner with this beauty, but alas, my family had other ideas so it wasn’t until nearly 10pm that I finally got round to lighting up and spending what turned out to be an amazing 3+ hours with the Plasencia Alma Fuente Sixto II.
This was one of those cigars that I really didn’t want to pair badly. I have done that a couple of times, but following advice from a good friend, I grabbed my bottle of Buffalo Trace Bourbon started with a generous neat measure then mixed myself an Old Fashioned. This was the perfect accompaniment and needless to say, the bottle didn’t last the night.
The first thing that makes the Plasencia Alma Fuente Sixto II stand out from the crowd is its hexagonal shape. Whether or not this alters the flavour of the cigar I couldn’t say, but the gentle angles on the dark chocolate maduro wrapper made the cigar all the more enticing. As I admired the shape, colour and smoothness of the wrapper, aromas of malted milk with hints of cocoa tickled my nose.
Having removed the first of three bands from the foot of the cigar and v-cut the head, the cold draw was creamy and left a light coconut oil on my lips. I couldn’t wait to light up get started. I could tell immediately that I was in for a treat and had chosen exactly the right cigar for the occasion.
Lighting the cigar and the first draws that filled my nose and mouth were smooth and creamy pistachio nut flavours which had me salivating for more. The sweet, boldness of the Bourbon Old Fashioned was the perfect balance to the rich nutty flavours that were prominent in the first third.
At this point, I was very tempted to just sit back and let the sublime flavours wash over me, but I’m not one to do that with a cigar that is new to me and I felt that the Plasencia Alma Fuente Sixto II was worthy of my full attention.
As I approached the middle third of the cigar the smoothness ramped up and the flavour opened out. A gentle sweetness started to creep in but always remained a subtle undercurrent to the main flavours, which for me brought to mind a really well made pot of loose leaf English Breakfast tea.
Whilst taking a big draw and letting the delicious buttery and silky smoke roll around my mouth, I was contemplated grabbing a slice of toast that I tend to have with my morning cuppa, notes of bitter orange came into the mix.
Heading in to the final third, the citrus notes faded to be replaced by green cardamom. By this time, I’d polished off two Bourbon Old Fashioned cocktails and decided to finish the remainder of the bottle neat. It was definitely the right decision. The flavour strength of the Plasencia Alma Fuente Sixto II had grown steadily over the course of the cigar and after a brief hit of aniseed liquorice, a flavour that reminded me of the pink bobble coated Liquorice Allsorts, the cigar returned to its smooth, richness that was present from the beginning.
Rather than being full of nutty flavours, the final third was rich in the taste of lamb mince and raisins with smoky bonfire warmth and hints of pink peppercorns. Overall this was an amazing cigar made all the more special by the circumstances surrounding my smoking of it.
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Plasencia Alma Fuente Sixto II Cigar Details
- Origin: Nicaraguan
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Plasencia Alma Fuente Sixto II Review Summary
This was an amazing cigar that does earn its price tag. One I would very much smoke again, but it would have to be the perfect occasion.
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