The release of the Mi Amor (or “My Love”) last year was the next logical step for Ashton’s now Pepin-conquered La Aroma De Cuba line of cigars. One of it’s more interesting attributes is that it features wrapper leaf from Mexico, a country that until recently wasn’t well known for producing tobacco appropriate for such critical cigar component. Rumor has it, it’s the San Andreas tobacco that has been seen an explosion of popularity over the past couple of years, but nobody I contacted at Ashton would say more than it was a “Mexican Cuban Seed Maduro”. So I can’t confirm or deny the rumor.
The Mi Amor is available in boxes of 25 in your choice of five sizes: Robusto (5 x 50), Belicoso (5.5 x 54), Valentino (5.7 x 58), Magnifico (6 x 52) and Churchill (7 x 50).
With the basics covered, it’s time to see if the Mi Amor is a cigar I’ll whisper sweet nothings to, or one I’ll leave on the humidor shelf.
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Mexican Cuban Seed Maduro
Smoking Time: 1 1/2 hours
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Price: MSRP $6.75
It’s a fun coincidence that the Mi Amor Robusto is box-pressed, considering that many of the recent Mexican San Adreas wrapped cigars are as well. But more than that, it’s a handy thing too, I find that the shape can make any smoke functionally easier to enjoy. They won’t roll inconveniently onto the floor or into a pile of combustable paperwork and it can make smoking larger ring gauges easier. I found the press on the Mi Amor robusto to be more square than most box-pressed sticks, but with no loss of the box-pressed advantages.
One of the tradeoffs with this format is that the cigars have to be packed a little looser for the molds. This became evident in the somewhat softer feel of my review smokes. A quick test of the sweet chocolaty cold taste revealed that this softness would not likely be a problem later in terms of draw.
In all other ways, the cigars looked to be in order. No patches, holes, cracks or tears, and veins were few and and fine. All signs pointed towards good construction, and hopefully equally good burn attributes.
My string of good luck in the burn department continued with the beautifully combusting Mi Amor. Long, light-colored solid ashes, mostly even burn lines and an easy draw left me with nothing really to talk about in this section.
The Mi Amor responded kindly to my torch with rich milk chocolate and a nice touch of cedar. Before long, a little smokey leather and light earth joined the mix and the chocolate transitioned into more of a creamy, slight earthy cocoa. I also picked up touches of dark dried fruit sweetness and some aromatic cedar here and there in this third.
A little before the second third began, caramel appeared, and for a while it was caramel, cocoa, light cedar and a lingering spice. Leather notes reappeared in this third, and eventually, the profile returned once again to a woody milk chocolate. Nearing the end of this portion, the cigar made another transition to wood and pronounced pepper.
The wood and pepper combination continued into the final third with some light creamy chocolate in the back ground. As the last parts of the cigar turned into ash, the wood turned a little charry, and developed a bit a bite.
Ashton and Pepin did a good job of keeping the price reasonable for the Mi Amor. Most will find that even with local taxes this cigar is still in the pricing sweet spot. And those that don’t probably live somewhere where smoking is nearly illegal anyway.
The La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor is a decadent candy bar made out of tobacco, and I completely approve. With each smoke, my appreciation of the Mi Amor grew. It’s rich, with enough variety and complexity to keep you from getting bored, and it really shines if you take your time. It also doesn’t hurt that it looks winner for the duration. I’ll definitely smoking more of these in the future. And if you’re a fan of cigars wrapped in Mexican leaf, and you haven’t already, you really need to try these.
Liked It: Yes
Buy It Again: Yes
Recommend It: Yes
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