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Cigars: VegaFina Sumum Edicion Especial

Altadis USA has been creating plenty of buzz in recent years. Most cigar smokers are at least familiar with several Altadis produced cigars. They are responsible for the American legal versions of cigars such as Montecristo, H. Upmann, Trinidad and Romeo and Julieta. The latter in that list has earned them some of their most recent acclaim; the new Romeo by Romeo and Julieta earned the #3 spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2012. Two other IPCPR 2013 releases from Altadis, the new Saint Luis Rey Gen2 (you can read my review of the SLR Gen2 here) and the new “Monte” by Montecristo, have also earned some early buzz in the cigar industry.

VegaFina was originally an affordable smoke for the European market, but the brand has earned recent attention with the introduction of VegaFina Sumum Edicion Especial 2012 to the American market at the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas. (Atlantic Cigar also carries the limited edition VegaFina Fortaleza 2). The Sumum 2012 release is the sequel to the VegaFina Sumum Edicion Especial 2010, which was itself a highly sought after cigar. “Sumum” roughly translates from Latin to “the pinnacle” or “the summit.”

Only 4,000 ten-count boxes of the Sumum 2012 were produced, which makes this release one of rarest for VegaFina. The cigar shares a similar blend as the Sumum 2010. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper has been aged two years and the Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian fillers have been aged for three years. The cigar also features a Connecticut Broadleaf binder. The Sumum 2012 is slightly larger than the 2010 version, coming in at 5 inches by 56 ring gauge.

If you are interested in buying the VegaFina Sumum Edicion Especial 2012, you can check them out here.

Appearance:

The Sumum’s Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is dark brown with a very fine grain, minimal veins and a decent amount of oil. With a ring gauge of 56, this cigar is stout for a robusto. The cigar feels well-filled when squeezed. The Sumum 2012 is finished with a well-constructed triple-seam cap.

Tasting:

The cigar gives off smells of fruit rind, barnyard and woodiness. The cold draw provides chocolate and raisins mostly.

1st Third:

The Sumum started with a medium peppery spice on the light with hints of leather. The Ecuadorian Habano was present up front with some nuttiness on top of the spice. There was an easy draw. Once the cigar warmed up, there were flavors of sweet cedar, molasses, and cinnamon. The spice spice built slightly. Caramel lingered on the palate.

2nd Third:

The spice receded a bit during the middle of the cigar, but was still present in the background. Some notes of espresso and hickory developed over the sweet cedar and spice. The cigar mellows slightly during this phase.

Final Third:

The cedar notes were the most predominant throughout the Sumum 2012, though the spice held on until the end. The cigar’s strength built a little after the mellowing in the middle ending just above medium-bodied/ medium-strength. There was still some hickory, but it transformed a bit into licorice on and off. There is some mint of the finish with coffee.

Overall:

Altadis has done some good things recently. I’ve enjoyed a lot of their new releases and that goes for the VegaFina Sumum Edicion Especial 2012. The construction was almost perfect and the burn didn’t require any touch ups. The draw was open enough to provide plenty of smoke. At 5 inches in length, I was surprised how long the cigar smoked.

Estimated smoking time: 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours.

The VegaFina Sumum Edicion Especial 2012 is a limited smoke, so supplies won’t last long. I recommend grabbing up a box or a few singles while you can. Plus, you won’t find many limited releases under $8 per cigar. You can check them out here.

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