Chances are, if you hang out on twitter or in the cigar social media world, you probably heard about Bodega as one of their fearless leaders, Cigar_G, has a unique presence you could say. His combination of humor and fervor for cigars is rather original to say the least. I had the pleasure of hanging with the Bodega crew at IPCPR, well before their cigars were released or finished, and got to see the partnership with the House of Emilio blossom on the show floor. Rob and I also spent a late night or two with them as well, which was full of banter and good spirit. I was excited to order their prerelease as soon as it became available, and promised to review the Aperitivo for G. Initially I had expected to review it as soon as possible, but due to some circumstances, I decided to wait and let the world of bloggers and reviewers make a decision on the blends, and the response has been great. I figured it was time, and had taken notes minimal notes on my first experience, while saving this one for after a perfect French meal from yours truly.
Did I mention I love the band design? Seriously, I think it is one of the best band designs I have seen and I am not normally one to care about bands, but this is just damn attractive.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Jalapa
First Third: The Aperitivo starts with a black licorice note that is unlike any cigar I can remember. The note is distinct through the nose, and the creeps on the finish back of tongue. Cedar notes hit the retro at times as well. Cream soda notes began to pop up as well, and a distinct spice I relate to coriander came up. At times, I swear I tasted coconut through the nose and draw. Talk about a out of the box, distinct beginning.
Second Third: The coriander spices picked up on the finish on my tongue. The licorice and coconut really hit on the retrohale at that point, while the spice moved from the tongue to the mouth in a subtle fashion. The licorice continued to build, as well as the spice, and the draw became a bit tight.
Final Third: The coconut came back, and the licorice was still there. The spice mellowed a bit moving to the nose, suggesting it may have been due to the draw. I was really enjoying the licorice and coconut notes at this time, and they both seemed to be lingering throughout the entire experience.
Construction: Bit of a tight draw, but not enough to affect the experience
Final Thoughts: I am torn, torn between a Mojito and a Bahama Mama. Part of me wants to be back in the Bahamas with a coconut in hand filled with rum smoking the Bodega Aperitivo in a beach chair. Meanwhile, for some reason I am left craving a Mojito with this cigar. These guys have created something unique, with a flavor profile unlike anything on the market right now. I bought a fiver immediately, as after getting to know the guys at Bodega casually at IPCPR last year, I had a hunch they’d come up with something interesting. Given the theme of the cigar is an appetizer, my Lord I could smoke these before any meal with a proper beverage. I really want to try the different sizes now, to see what changes take place in the larger rings. I will be ordering more, along with ordering the maduro. Normally I am a bit hesitant to order fuller cigars, but this blend sold me on their ability. These guys created a lot of buzz prerelease, and even a little controversy, and rightfully so. Their social media presence is strong, and their personalities match, with fervent passion. Funny thing is, they need no hype, this is a great cigar. I highly recommend this, although I think some full-bodied fans may not find enough punch. You can purchase them HERE, which is where I got mine, and will be getting more.