Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012 | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Binder: Nicaraguan Cuban-seed (Pelo de Oro)
Filler: Nicaraguan Cuban-seed (Pelo de Oro)
Size: 6.5 x 52
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $13.00 by the 5 pack. (Minus 10% discount using Katman10 code = $11.70 at Small Batch Cigar)


I would like to thank Andrew at Small Batch Cigar for the samples.

Today we take a look at a very rare cigar: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012. Only 1000 boxes were released in 2012. And Small Batch Cigar has them. At the moment I decided to review this cigar, Andrew was only selling boxes. I asked politely if he could break them into 5 packs and he said yes.

Remember, the price point reflects the extreme rarity of this cigar.

“Golden Hair” is the translation for Pele de Oro. And is, typically, a very flavorful and sweet tobacco.
There was a 2011 version and 3700 boxes were released.

This is a good looking cigar. A long dark brown oily shaft. Invisible seams. Few veins. A great looking triple cap. It feels smooth in some places and toothy in others. There is the standard JG cigar band but beneath it is a secondary band identifying it as the JG Limited Edition.

The cigar is extremely hard. Like a rock. I hope it doesn’t impede the draw.

I clip the cap and find aromas of sweet dark honey, buttery short bread cookie, floral notes, spice, wood, and caramel. A perfect concoction of perfect aromas.
Time to light up.

The first puffs are a fool’s paradise. Yes, we use Swifter.

Every single one of the aromas translates into powerful flavors: Creaminess, cocoa, earthiness, honey, shortbread, floral notes, wood, and caramel. And only the beginning of some spiciness. I expect that its resting, in the box, for a couple years took a little of the zing out of it.

And no further than that last sentence, I am flummoxed by my own remarks and I get the Garcia Blast of Pepper!!!! Woo Hoo!

There is a delectable earthiness that makes the cigar shine. A very rich and sweet earth note.
It has taken me 5 minutes to smoke ¼”. LOL.

Oh lawdy, lawdy…this cigar will take a good 2-1/2 hours to smoke. But then for almost $12, I expect a full cigar experience and I predict Jaime Garcia will not let me down.

I have a few regular JG cigars in my humidor and they taste nothing like this Limited Edition 2012.

It is a heavy cigar. And it is hanging off my teeth and lips like I’m giving head to a horse.

I have a good story about that, actually. 1984. Lake Tahoe. The band and my new girlfriend, Charlotte, drove down to the Sacramento State Fair. The Budweiser Clydesdale horses were there. But they were stabled as we walked by and noticed a large crowd of women surround the front of one stall. We could see men trying to look and then turning around in disgust.

I had to see. This horse, of which I have never in my life seen such a big one, had a boner like two Louisville Sluggers laid end to end. Must have been 4 feet long and, yes, was dragging on the ground.
The women were giggling and the men threw their hands up and let their women ogle.

I did the same. That night, Charlotte kept doing the “I caught a fish THIS big” with her hands. I felt small.

If I continually write while I smoke, instead of my usual 1700 words, it will be three times that so I will smoke and come back to the keyboard when essential.

Last word for now…the char line is perfect.

The strength is medium body. The ash is not very tough for such a rock hard cigar. It is flaky and falls off at the half inch mark.

I have now smoked 1-1/2”. Here are the flavors: Creaminess, cocoa, earthiness, honey, gingerbread cookies caramel, floral notes, spice, cedar, and oatmeal cookies with raisins.

The spice has dissipated quite quickly to below what I would expect. I’m sure that in the last third, it will rear its pretty head once again.

We now have flavor bomb status. I’m betting that the age of the cigar and my dry boxing technique successfully made this cigar ready for review in 48 hours. Dang me!

I’m not sure how many Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012’s Andrew has left. Wait. I will check. He has nine 5 packs.

The price point. OUCH! Even with the discount, it is still $11.70 per stick. I know, I know. But even when they were released, they went for over $13 a stick. The fact that there must be literally only a few left should make this cigar much more expensive. But good ol’ Andrew is actually giving us a break on a disappearing blend. That’s customer service.

I talk to Andrew almost every day now. This is such a good man. I have never in my life come across a cigar store owner or manager that is as kind and so steeped in the importance of customer service and respect as Andrew is.

Strangely, the double cigar bands are right in the middle of the cigar as opposed to the standard placement of near the cap. And they won’t budge.

Flavors are going nuts and I want to kill myself because I can’t stand it anymore. LOL.

The char line remains on the money. The draw is forcing billows of smoke into the room.

I’ve now smoked 2” and it’s taken me 45 minutes to do so.

This is a flavor profile so complex and so nuanced that all the flavors are bombarding my palate at the same time. The spice has just about disappeared now.

Of course, I grabbed a Diet Coke long ago.

As the cigar burns, the ash becomes stronger and hangs on for dear life.

There are new flavors: nougat, Courvoisier cognac, and candied orange peel.

The second third begins after an hour of smoke time.

I would have loved to gotten my hands on the 2011 version of this cigar. Everyone put it in their Top 25 list; Cigar Aficionado and Robb Report, etc.

The caramel becomes butterscotch. Just like one of those hard candies.

The cigar is worth the dough for two reasons: It is a flavor bomb from the start and second, it is a rare cigar. Check Google and try to find someone selling them and then compare the pricing to Small Batch Cigar.

I found a couple places that carry the cigar and, one, you have to buy a box and the stick goes for $14-$15 each in box form. See, I told you. Pirates.

I want to take this moment to thank my wonderful readers that sent me some dough so I could buy cigars. They have my heart and soul…but not my body. That’s extra. You have no idea how much that helped me in keeping current.

The Courvoisier cognac and candied orange peel are soaring now. When I met Charlotte, this was her drink of choice when we hit the clubs in Tahoe. But she liked it warmed up. And with a twist of lemon. Now that we are poor, she drinks boxed wine. LOL.

The balance is friggin out of this world. The cigar is so complex that it defies the imagination. I would put this in one of my top something lists but it won’t fit due to the year and pricing and rarity.

The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012 gives my two #1 cigars in my Top 25 list a run for their money. It is an extraordinary cigar.

Buttery smooth. Chewy with a long finish. Like me.

I’m at the halfway point and I’ve invested an hour and 20 minutes. You certainly get your money’s worth.
The woodiness takes a firm grip now. And the rich earthiness is very strong.

The complexity makes a right turn. Flavors become much more subtle and pleasing. There is a sense that they are building towards the last third when I expect a flavor explosion.

The strength is now medium/full. With a tad bit of nicotine.

Tomorrow, I will be reviewing the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Bon Chasseur. I’ve reviewed it in the perfecto shape and the petite corona. But with Tatuaje, size matters. Andrew sent them to me for review. Everyone is selling them for $10 a pop. Or they are out of stock. SBC is selling them for $8.10 after your discount. And remember how much you save by not having to pony up the shipping fee. It brings the price of the cigar even further down.

I use a ST DuPont Maxi Jet lighter. I’ve had mine for over two years. It is, by far, the best lighter I’ve ever owned. It puts Xikar to shame. Lights the first time, every time. They aren’t cheap at around $140-$180. But I got mine on Cigar Monster for $80. You can get them as cheap as $90 if you look around. I even got Charlotte a Mini Jet for around $60. She loves that lighter.

The last third finally begins. I’ve now been smoking this log for two hours. And my back is killing me from sitting so long. I forget to get up and stretch.

As predicted, the flavors explode. The black pepper returns with a touch of red pepper.

An aside, in order to remove the drool covered cap for photos, or just when I am leisurely smoking a cigar, I use a Credo cutter to remove the cap without causing the ash to fall off or crack the wrapper. Mine will take up to a 70 ring gauge and found it cheapest for $9 and free shipping at…shit…I forget. Google it and look for deals. NOTE: I couldn’t remember where I got it and just found it from http://www.humidorpros.com. Here is the link: http://www.humidorpros.com/copy-of-credo-xxl-compact-scissor-cigar-cutter-70-ring-black/


The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012 is for the experienced palate. Newbies need not apply. An aficionado’s palate is what this cigar aims for.

Still have a little less than 2” to go. What a ride. All of the flavors listed in my last description still apply. The only change is that the spiciness has returned.

The perfect pairing for this blend is Courvoisier cognac. I am sure it will enhance the flavors perfectly.
Diet Coke works too.

I am nearing the 2-1/2 hour mark.

The cigar has a beautiful finish. One worthy of your attention. I know it ain’t cheap. But quality of this very high standard never is.

Remember, the best price on the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012 is at Small Batch Cigar. Use the coupon code of Katman10 at checkout to receive your 10% off.

Treat yourself. And don’t tell your wife.

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13 replies

  1. Katmensch – I follow orders like an Oompa Loompa – and immediately placed my order with Andrew for a fiver after reading your review. Having done that at least ten times now, I see a pattern emerging – and one which could require selling guns to pay for cigars. Screw the Guns & Roses concept – Guns, Guitars & Gars is my new motto – along with, “Long Live The Katman (nee Katmensch).”

    Speaking of donations, I’m happy to help you acquire your stogies – and I would urge others to do likewise – you entertain the hell out of me with your cigar reviews and stories, and have saved me a lot of money by helping me to discriminate better in my cigar purchases, not to mention arranging a cool 10% off with a stellar merchant like Andrew at SBC. Seems like supporting something that means so much to me is a “no brainer.” After all, where do you hear lines like, “it is hanging off my teeth and lips like I’m giving head to a horse.” LOL

    • Thank you George. The donations I received from three readers allowed me to find some great cigars that I know my readers will enjoy.
      I take my responsibility very seriously. Recommending cigars that are not inexpensive requires a big level of trust on the part of my readers. I cannot let them down for an instant. All it takes is 2 or 3 readers saying I’m full of shit and my rep is bopkis.
      While I don’t loiter about other A List review sites, I do not believe any of them have something as close to a real cigar forum as this blog does.
      I now know a lot of readers and we are friends. And I take my oath that I will never lie to my friends.
      I tried, twice, to have my own cigar group on Face Book and it failed miserably.
      I allowed some real wackos in that I didn’t know were disturbed or serious racists. Especially during the presidential elections.
      I would like to do that with this blog but I don’t know how and I don’t believe that an app like that is available on WordPress.

  2. It’s getting bad on my end. Wife keeps looking over my shoulder, trying to see what site I am constantly visiting. I don’t want her to know that it’s small batch cigars. Thinking I might have to time it, so that she catches me looking at porn, just to make sure she does not catch wind of the real trail.

    Outcome won’t end well, but it’s the lesser of two evils.

  3. Ask Andrew to put it away for you.

  4. Katman – what you are doing works – just takes time to build it right and keep the wackos out. As to the old “porn” trick to keep the wife off balance – I will tell you it works – for a while – but you better make sure that a life-size, anatomically correct and functional blow-up doll shows-up in your UPS or FedEx delivery so that she won’t focus on the packages from Small Batch Cigar. When regular porn quits having the desired effect, just flash a few farm animal porn pics on your screen and she will never look at your computer again. I just wrote that and flashed on Katman giving head to a horse! Holy Shit!

    • I stopped looking at porn many, many years ago. Along with porn comes viruses. And while I have a pro level anti virus software program, who needs the aggravation.
      Instead, I just keep my blog open and can switch to it in the blink of an eye if my wife gets close. LOL

  5. I have one more thought for you that you are free to ignore. Depending on the number of hits per day on this site, you could probably do a deal with an internet advertiser for a banner ad or something like it. I have no idea how that works, but I know people do it. You could poll the faithful to see if it would cause problems for you or cheapen what you are doing. For all I know you have already explored this – but I am sure you get enough clicks per day to do something.

  6. Exactly, George!
    I’ll admit it,I’m an info whore. Do I check other sites regularly for fresh stogie news? Sure.We would all be lying if we said we didn’t. That being said,this is the first site I consult every day,and increases the enjoyment of my morning stick.
    I prefer it done right with a human touch,and Phil does it very well. Nowhere else do we get this kind of thoughtful,insightful,and accurate work to peruse. He bitches about his shitty camera and the equally crappy weather,but still manages to give us the best photos I regularly see. The honest camaraderie evident here and the entertainment factor are just icing on the cake.
    No one would ever accuse me of being a Boy Scout,but I am loyal,and gladly serve up the respect,and gratitude our Uncle Katman deserves from us all.

  7. A Credo cutter for $9? I’m in the market for a good cutter so I just looked on Amazon and the least expensive Credo I see is $72! Did you slip a 0 there Phil?