Bite Size Review: Plasencia Cosecha 146
In 2015, the Plasencia family was recognized as the largest tobacco grower on the planet. Eight plantations, 6000 employees and 4 factories churn out over 40 million, yes million, cigars annually. Hailing from the Spanish Canary Islands, the Plasencia’s have endured Castro’s wrath, a short layover in Mexico, skirmishes with Nicaraguan Sandinistas, and after about 100 years, finally settled in Honduras in the 1970s. In the 1990s, the Plasencias eventually headed back to Nicaragua, but kept their farms in Honduras. By the turn of the century, Plasencia was producing cigars for 30 brands and after 150 years in business, Nestor Plasencia and his son, Nestor Andrés, finally launch their namesake sticks in 2016 and in 2017, the family’s own brand, Plasencia Cigars.
Over the years, the Plasencia family astutely invested in maintaining vintage tobaccos from all of their farms in Nicaragua and Honduras, giving them unique and almost unlimited blending power. While still producing cigars under contract for many brands, the Plasencias released their Alma series in 2016 with the Alma Fuerte garnering immediate praise from the cigar community culminating in a ’93’ rating and #9 Cigar of the Year honors by Cigar Aficionado. Plasencia also released 3 other lines during this time called Reserva Original, Reserva 1998 and the Cosecha (harvest) series. The Cosecha 146 we’re reviewing here is a cigar blended with vintage tobaccos. The ‘146’ designation refers to the harvest number which occurred during the 2011-2012 season.
The Cosecha 146 didn’t fare as well with critics as it’s high-flying sibling, Alma Fuerte. Vitolas like the San Luis (toro) fared well with a ‘91’ rating from CA, but the San Agustin could only muster a lower, albeit respectable, ’89.’ Our San Agustin is another beautiful cigar with an excellent torpedo treatment. From the solid firmness and impeccable cap to it’s invisible seams the high quality is apparent. The smooth, oily bourbon-colored wrapper is mouth-watering. Scents of chocolate, green tea, anise and dark fruit are pleasing. While the draw is a little on the tight side initially, the initial tasting profile is savory and is awash with notes of wood, leather and toasted nuts.
The 146 is nicely rich with hints of earth, allspice, a hint of spice and a wonderful toasted coffee finish. The texture is silky smooth through transitions as the profiles become more woody and earthy, yet still offers great complexity and balance with intonations of honey and allspice. The strength and spice ratchets up a bit in the second half, but the focus is on the delicious earthy and chocolatey profiles through the transitions. Wonderful toast and caramel notes abound in the waning stages with an awesome finish that’s consistently toasty.
The 146’s combustion is superb, burns cool and slow and manages a nice 1” ash without issue. The balance never wavers and the 146 rewards throughout. This is an awesome medium-bodied stick that simply never gives up. The flavor palette is delectable and satisfying and if you don’t rush her, the 146 rewards you with an enjoyable, intervention-free smoke. This little gal is a hidden gem, so don’t let the ratings fool you. She’s a bit on the pricey side, but boxworthy and worth every penny. – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: The Plasencia farms and factories produce over 40 million cigars annually.
- Profile: Medium
- Vitola: San Agustin [Torpedo]
- Length/ Ring Gauge: 6.25″/ 52
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Honduras
- Wrapper: Honduras
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
- Cutter: Colibri V
- Lighter: Xikar Exec. II
- Price: $12.15
- Age: 4 months
- Box: 20
- Other Vitolas: La Musica (robusto), La Vega (robusto gordo), Monte Carlo (gordo), San Luis (toro)
Build: Beautiful torpedo and cap treatment; firm to touch; smooth; lightly veiny; invisible seams.
Draw: Good, but on the tight side initially.
- Shaft – Chocolate; barnyard.
- Foot – Dark fruit; green tea.
- Cold Draw – Anise; tea.
- Initial: Savory; wood, leather, toasted nuts; hints of allspice and honey on retro; earthy accents; light spice; coffee finish.
- Transition: Wood with lots of cedar; earth and rich chocolate; notes of caramel; increased spice; uptick in strength.
- Transition: Earth, wood and leather; elevated spice; consistent toasty finish.
Touch ups: None
Weaknesses: Initial tight draw.
Recommend: 1. Go-to
- Go-to (boxworthy)
- 3rd stringer (keep 1 on hand)
- Smoke a banana instead