Bite Size Review: La Instructora Perfección
Ah yes, the quest for perfection. An ambitious idea that all too often falls prey to ambiguity resulting in mediocrity. Enter Aaron Saide, a Michigan cigar lover and proprietor of Chatham Cigars in Midland, and Jochy Blanco, legendary blender and owner of Tabacalera Palma. It’s a ballsy, but simple idea: make the perfect cigar. I’m not even sure what that looks like, but Saide thinks otherwise. To some it’s simply a vintage Cuban while others espouse an ideal flavor palette, shape and/or a culmination of many aspects. After some thought, I guess I would have to say the “perfect” cigar is perhaps one that completes that perfect moment in time. The Zen. Saide’s vision of “perfect” includes using unique and elite tobaccos, carefully blended to maximize the “it” factor. This is most apparent in Saide’s signature line, Sans Pareil (without equal), which features unique vitolas (imagine a 13.5” lancero) and focuses on the tobacco, not the packaging. Launching in 2017, Saide and Blanco are out to reboot your expectations.
I am absolutely in love with the Invicto vitola. I love the Invicto’s lines, which on one hand are exquisitely subtle and yet reminiscent of a 16th century French cannon. The banding on the Perfección line is obscure with embossed letters muddled by varying colors of paint splatter, yet it complements the beautiful hues of the Rosado wrapper. The build is quite nice and the roll is superb. While a little on the veiny side, the seams are invisible. The draw is superb with a V-cut and I can’t emphasize this enough, the fragrant aromas from this cigar are breathtaking. Spoiler alert: I do not consider the Perfección to be perfect. But, it does get high marks for a great draw, flavor palette and the aforementioned top-notch construction. I did not experience even great complexity nor balance, but it is still solid. The Perfección is delicious throughout until you reach the last two inches where it becomes dry and harsh. Not terribly rich, it maintains a smooth texture with good transitions. The price point, in my opinion, is Davidoff caliber which this cigar is not, except maybe in build. Even so, it’s unique qualities justify keeping a few around. – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: La Instructora cigars are blended and rolled with the help of Jochy Blanco and his Tabacalera Palma factory in Tamboril, DR.
- Profile: Medium
- Vitola: Figurado
- Length/ Ring Gauge: 5.75″ x 56
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
- Binder: Dominican Criollo ’98
- Filler:Dominican Criollo ’98 and Piloto
- Cutter: Colibri V
- Lighter: Firebird 3-jet
- Price: $18
- Age: 3 mo.
- Box: 15
- Other Vitolas: Belicoso Extra [6.0″x57], Petite Salomon [5.5’x47], Royal Corona [5 5/8″x48], Short Robusto [4.5″x52]
Build: Tight with a good uniform feel; lumpy and oily; excellent figurado treatment; veiny with some tooth; invisible seams; nice bourbon-colored Rosado skin.
- Shaft – Cinnamon, hay.
- Foot – Chocolate, more cinnamon
- Cold Draw – Malty, hay
- Initial: Lots of spice; leather and earth profile with touches of nuts and allspice; toasty woody finish; spice settles; lightly rich; whiff of mesquite on retro.
- Transition: Chocolate and wood profile; buttery inhale; spice returns with more body; wood becomes dominant; finish becomes more dry.
- Transition: More earthy and woody with notes of espresso; baked bread finish; pervasive harshness in last 1.5″.
Complexity: Very Good
Touch ups: 1
Combustion: Good; began “helmeting’ badly with 2” remaining
Weaknesses: Burn could be better
Recommend: 2. 5-packer
- Go-to (boxworthy)
- 3rd stringer (keep 1 on hand)
- Smoke a banana instead