The Brittania Reserva: Cigar Review
Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
This is the Brittania Reserva, the latest cigar from Exclusive Cigars, better known as “Kristoff” after Glen Case’s son. I am smoking the Torpedo in this review.
I bought this cigar during a Kristoff event several weeks ago and have been letting it rest in my humidor since then. I think a little time gives a better perspective for most cigars, especially when tasting for the first or second time and you are making your decision of whether or not this is a style for you.
Upon lighting the cigar, there was a lovely aroma right away. The first draw produced a creamy smoke with a buttery sweet finish and a subtle hint of spice. Between puffs as the flavors lingered there was a taste of heavy cream and hazelnuts. As I continued to smoke the spice began to increase, but kept in balance with the other flavor notes. The spice reminds me of the style I like in Nicaraguan blends, though there is certainly a Dominican characteristic in the finish. Those are simply what they make me think of, and I couldn’t tell you for certain that is what they are.
For what I would consider to be a great breakfast cigar, this mild to medium bodied cigar has a great character which keeps the smoke interesting and delicious. Flavor is something I look for over strength in my selections, and this one I found to be very lovely and unique.
I have had cigars with light and delicate flavors of cream or nuts, but this one I found to be more powerful and rich. Pairings may be something to consider, though I enjoyed this one on its own just fine. About half way through I did find myself craving either a coffee or a cookie, which certainly always sound like a good idea to me, ha!