Cigar Aficionado

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso
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Tasting Note
Ashton Distributors Inc. has owned its own cigar brands for more than 25 years, but the company has broken new ground with the creation of La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor. The cigar brand is the first from Philadelphia's Ashton to be made with a Mexican wrapper. Mexican leaf has been used forever in the cigar industry, but Ashton has always opted to use Connecticut broadleaf on its dark cigars. Most Mexican maduros are made with a leaf known as San Andrés Negro, while these La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amors have wrappers grown from Cuban seeds. The lush and fertile San Andrés Valley outside of Veracruz turns these leaves dark and oily, packing them with flavor. La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is rolled for Ashton in Nicaragua at My Father Cigars, the massive factory run by the talented Garcia family. Originally from Cuba, José "Pepin" Garcia, his son, Jaime, and daughter, Janny, now make millions of cigars at My Father, perhaps none finer than the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso. They combine Nicaraguan tobacco they grow themselves—using two binder leaves, as is their custom—with this dark, Mexican wrapper, and the combination is sublime. The tidy Belicoso is a box-pressed smoke that burns beautifully and has a lovely woody component balanced by notes of sweet nougat and copious amounts of nuts on the palate. These cigars are not only delicious, but consistent. This is the second year running a Mi Amor has made our Top 25 list.
Body Medium-Full
Size Figurado
Ring Gauge 54
Length 5 1/2"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Mexico
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2012
Price $7.75
Designation Top 25 of 2011 | Rank: 2
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 23, 2019 | Score: 90

An attractive, box-pressed figurado with an open draw and even burn. It's a toasty smoke with underpinnings of earth, graham cracker and licorice that lead to a woody finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2017 | Score: 93

The La Aroma de Cuba brand was put on the market by Ashton Distributors Inc. in late 2002. At the time, the cigars were made in Honduras. A few years later, production halted and the brand was in a temporary transitional phase. Today, La Aroma de Cubas are produced in Nicaragua at My Father Cigars. The brand is still owned by Ashton, but the company has expanded the La Aroma line by many degrees. Of all its different versions and extensions, Mi Amor has been a perennial high-performer within the pages of this magazine. The combination of dark, Mexican San Andrés wrapper with Nicaraguan filler has made it a go-to for fans of Nicaraguan cigars. The price is also attractive. Since the beginning, La Aroma de Cuba has promised to deliver the premium experience at a very reasonable price. This was Ashton's vision for the brand, and the company has kept its word.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2016 | Score: 91

Packed solid with tobacco, this box-pressed belicoso integrates notes of cocoa bean and coffee with sweet woodiness and a touch of leather. There's a touch of licorice on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2011 | Score: 90

This pressed mini-torpedo smokes evenly, offering a consistent balance of woody flavors, sweet nougat notes and touches of nuttiness on the palate.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 21, 2010 | Score: 90

This pressed mini-torpedo smokes evenly, offering a consistent balance of woody flavors, sweet nougat notes and touches of nuttiness on the palate.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale