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Plasencia Alma del Fuego Concepcion - 2019 #13 Cigar of the Year

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Selected by Cigar Aficionado as the 2019 #13 Cigar of the Year

The third cigar from Nestor Plasencia and Company to bear the “Alma” name, Plasencia Alma del Fuego Concepcion has soared to great heights since its 2019 release. With over 5 generations of growing experience, the Plasencia family is by no means new to tobacco. Over the past decade or so, however, brand patriarch and owner Nestor Plasencia has taken his family name into the actual cigar making side of things. The results, as one might expect, have been nothing short of incredible. With this particular release, the big story is the generous amount of Ometepe tobacco. An island formed by two volcanoes in the southwestern part of Nicaragua, Ometepe is known for producing some of the finest tobacco on the planet, mainly due to the high mineral content in the rich volcanic soil. Alma del Fuego uses both binder and filler tobaccos from Ometepe, along with added fillers from some of the other Plasencia farms, and a dark Nicaraguan wrapper leaf from Jalapa, another rich growing region known for top-notch tobacco. The result is a delectable treat that has since earned a 93 rating and a spot on Cigar Aficionado’s coveted Top 25 list for 2019.

Triple bands, near flawless construction, and a box that doubles as an ashtray are just a few things that set this stick apart from the rest. The real story, of course, is just how amazing the blend really is. An easy draw and straight burn lend to copious amounts of dense smoke that greet the palate from the beginning with the rich flavor of earthy tobacco. Slight pepper on the intro gains strength as the cigar progresses. Notes of red chili, dark chocolate, and creamy sweetness lingering in the background complete the flavor profile, while the retrohale is strong and spicy. Alma del Fuego finishes on the very heavy end of medium-full-bodied, but maintains silky smooth texture throughout. The size that made the Top 25, the Concepcion, is a 6” x 54 toro built for cool, mellow smoke and boatloads of flavor.

Built for the true connoisseur, Alma del Fuego is a real gem on the recent market. It has it all, from dazzling complexity to classic flavor and just the right amount of strength to be satisfying. Try pairing it with black coffee or a dark beer for a truly relaxing experience. As a Nicaraguan puro, this cigar compares well to such sticks as Padron 1964 or Oliva Serie V Melanio, so if you love either, don’t hesitate to try one. The name literally translates to “Soul of Fire,” no doubt backed up by its volcanic roots. Will it set your soul on fire, though? There is no better time than the present to find out, so grab a Plasencia Alma del Fuego Concepcion and experience the stick the cigar world has been burning about!

Additional Information
Strength ●●●●○ Medium-Full
Brand Plasencia Alma del Fuego
Size 6 x 54
Wrapper Nicaraguan
Binder Nicaraguan
Filler Nicaraguan
Origin Nicaragua
Shape Toro


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