NHC Seleccion Limitada Reserva | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: 6.75 x 42 “Lonsdale”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $8.00
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Today we take a look at the NHC Seleccion Limitada Reserva by Tatuaje.

This is a project whose collaborators are Pete Johnson, Dan Walsh of New Havana Cigars and Pepin Garcia. This is NHC’s one and only house brand.

Two blends are available. The Natural (Nic Habano) and the Reserva (Nic Broadleaf). While looking at the NHC web site I couldn’t help but notice that there are plenty of Naturals in stock but the Reserva can only be bought in 5 packs, singles or their 6 pack sampler of both blends. This means that the cigar is truly a limited edition.

Only 500 boxes of each blend were produced. Other than what I’ve told you, there is no other information on the birth of this cigar.

I was gifted the 6 stick sampler which is $48.00. I’ve already reviewed the NHC Seleccion Limitada Natural.
I just finished a quick review of the Viaje WLP PL TB#7. An $8 cigar that is master of the dog turds.

So with plenty of time to spare, I thought I would not do two days in a row with a shit cigar. I’ve smoked the NHC Seleccion Limitada Reserva and it is a splendid cigar.

First, the cigar is rustic to the bone. Terrible seams. Lots of veins with the vein of the plant highly visible. It is round at the top and box pressed at the bottom. I don’t think that was the intent. The triple caps are ridiculously horrible. Very toothy and the wrapper is a multi-colored dark brown. The stick is solid and jam packed.

I clip the cap and find aromas of luscious dark cocoa, very potent spice, ginger, cedar, and a slight vegetal aroma.
Time to light up.

Right off the bat, the cigar is delicious with a blast of red pepper, dark chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, creaminess, wood, and leather.
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I’ve had these cigars for less than 3 weeks. The same amount of time I had the Viaje White Label. Is it me or do I remember Viaje as NOT being an old school blend needing months and months of humidor time. I look back into the archives and I was reviewing great sticks with only a couple weeks of rest on them.

I have a Viaje Summerfest 2012 that is the last of a 5 pack I got months ago. The cigar still does not imbibe the blender’s intent. And now, they are all gone so there is no point in reviewing a cigar you cannot buy except by pirates.

I think that Viaje has lost some of its oomph. There are some very good blends but as time passes by, the percentage of great blends coming from Farkas is diminishing.

Now the Cache and Collaboration are two great blends. But I cannot think of anything as of late that reaches those levels of excellence.

Now the team of Pete Johnson and Pepin Garcia was devised by the great Cosmic Muffin.

I go back and read my review of the Natural version and it appears that the Natural is a better tasting cigar.

It hit flavor bomb status almost immediately while the NHC Seleccion Limitada Reserva is taking its time.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a mighty fine tasting cigar but doesn’t have that blown out of your sneakers approach.
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No sooner than I type the last sentence, that the NHC Seleccion Limitada Reserva hits major flavor bomb status. It just took a little longer than the Natural.

Here are the flavors: Creaminess, toffee, dark chocolate, espresso, raisins, black cherry, cedar, sweetness, and leather.

The strength hit medium/full from the start.

Tomorrow, I am going to start to review the wonderful cigars that my readers have sent me. Lots of inexpensive goodies.

The second third begins and two things I notice. The first is that I didn’t get that Garcia Blast of Pepper at the start. And second, even though the blend is very flavorful, it is not very complex. The Natural wins out on that score. Which is good for those seeking out this cigar and can’t make a choice. The NHC Seleccion Limitada Reserva must be more in demand as the availability is much less than the Natural on the New Havana Cigar shop store.
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Both blends matured very quickly. It took less than 10 days for them to hit the blender’s intent. Somewhat typical of Johnson/Garcia blends.

The creaminess and chocolate are leading the pack. These are the stick’s primary flavors.

The char line is a bit wavy from time to time but doesn’t need a touch up.

I am at the halfway point and I determine that while this is an excellent cigar, the Natural version is the one to go for.

There is almost too much chocolate in this blend. It is starting to taste like the Java. Which is way too sweet for my tastes.

The cigar lacks a healthy dose of earthiness.

The creaminess is so strong that it tastes like taking a bottle of whipped cream and squirting into your mouth. Overload.

Now this flavor profile may be right up your alley. And again, it is a very nice cigar but pales in contrast to the Natural.
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The last third begins.

I hit the sweet spot. Complexity digs in. The balance is much better with other flavors being more prominent.
Here they are: Creaminess, chocolate, coffee, raisins, black cherry, graham cracker, wood, leather, and earthiness.

Speaking of classic bass lines. I have music playing while I write. Zep is on and it’s “Dazed and Confused.”
I loved the squeals when my band played out and I started playing that chromatic drop in notes that signifies the start of the song.

The only thing is that in the bridge, the bass plays a fast repetitive line that plays 6 notes in 2 seconds flat. It was always a jam and it went as far as the guitarist wanted to take it. After a few minutes, my left hand would begin to cramp. My eyes were closed, there was a grimace on my face and the crowd loved it thinking I was really into the song.

And then the radio destroys the mood and plays a Billy Joel song next. Oy vay.

The strength is moving towards full bodied.

For such a skinny cigar, it is pumping out loads of smoke. I find it impossible to chomp and type from all the smoke getting in my eyes.

As I said earlier, the NHC Seleccion Limitada Reserva is an excellent cigar. But my choice if I could buy a box would be the Natural.
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5 replies

  1. Katman, out of curiosity did you look to see what the blockage was in the Viaje you reviewed earlier today?
    Thanks for your reviews!
    I left a comment on your review of the H Upmann banker that I wish I had read earlier. Before I buy anything else I’m definitely checking your archives.
    Will join you soon on FB, finally a new phone coming that hopefully will not freeze up :\ every time I try to get on there.

  2. John Paul Jones. One of my idols. Always so reserved and in the background,but man that guy laid down tracks that made my head spin.
    Ever notice how some of the greatest rock bands had/have bass players that were the sole rhythm section. Jones,John Entwistle,Geddy Lee… The guys who inspired me to play bass.

    • I saw a bootleg video of Entwistle playing an astounding mind boggling solo that was so impressive that both Townshend and Daltrey stop what they were doing and just stood on stage numbed by what John was playing.
      There are so many bootleg Zep tapes and listening to them back in the day, I had my mind blown by his talent that only 10% showed up on the official recordings. Never a Geddy fan because I cannot stand his voice.
      Back in the early 70’s, I had two mentors: Jack Bruce for his improvisational style and Stanley Clarke for his technique. Using both styles intertwined together got me the gig in Curved Air while everyone else was playing like Chris Squire. Another bass player I cannot stand. I always followed the bassists with soul and melodic styles: McCartney, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn, Willie Weeks, Chuck Rainey(took lessons from Chuck), Jerry Jemott, David Hood, and Larry Graham.

      • Agreed! All absolute legends! I was just too lazy to list even half of them. Yeah Geddy’s voice can assault your ear drums like a cheese grater,but I tune him out best as possible. Stanley Clark is who actually started me thinking about the bass the first time my oldest sibling(about your age)spun up one of his records on his primo sound system. I knew right then I was hearing a master,and inspired me in the end to discover all those greats you listed and more.

  3. I agree with you about Viaje to a certain extent. The problem is inconsistency. I’ve had some very good blends from them.
    The Viaje Cache is a killer with a month of humidor time on it.