At the 2012 IPCPR Oliveros announced the release of the newest addition to the Swag brand, and it would be the Swag SoBe Edition. The SoBe Edition pays tribute to South Beach, Miami. Miami has been the city of cigars in the United States for sometime, and Florida has been the cigar state as well I would say. The new Swag is similar to the original in the sense that it is a Dominican puro, and is made in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera La Palma. The details of the tobacco are not given, but they do specify there is some ligero in the blend. For this review I was given the robusto-extra vitola, named Lavish, and it measures 5" with a 54 ring gauge. The cigar has a very dark Colorado wrapper, and is leathery to touch. There are some veins present throughout with stretch marks, and it is slightly oily. There is a lovely aroma of leather, nuts, wood and spices at the foot, and with the wrapper I am picking up some grassy notes.
I am in the second third of the cigar now, and the flavors are similar to that of the first third but very enjoyable. I will say that the grassy and floral notes are more prominent in this third, and that the cocoa notes have toned down some. There is a nice bit of pepper, wood and leather notes still, and the nutty finish is really enjoyable. It is definitely a complex cigar, and a dryer flavor profile as well. This is one of the reasons why I love Dominican puros, and why I have a lot of them in my humidors. I am finding the strength level to remain at that level right above the medium body level, and it is close to medium full right now. The cigar is still producing a solid firm ash that is charcoal gray in coloring, and producing a great amount of smoke that is perfect for rings.
This was a very entertaining cigar, and a great Dominican puro. I still believe that Dominican puros are difficult to make, and more so than any other puros. With that though, if you make a great Dominican puro, it is amazing. The construction on this cigar was spectacular from beginning to end, and it produced a great cool draw with tons of wonderful smoke. I loved the flavor profile throughout the cigar, and from beginning to end it was complex, balanced and unique. This is definitely not a cigar for every smoker, and that is because of the complexity it possesses. On a completely side note I love the bands on the cigar. It really captures that Miami coloring, and those colors from the great television show Miami Vice. Without a doubt, a great release from Oliveros and Boutique Blends. I give this smoke a 91, and look forward to picking these up in shops down the road.
|Swag SoBe Edition Lavish|