Exclusive cigars for retailers are nothing new, but Thompson Cigar Co.and Aging Room are no strangers to one another.
In fact, the Tampa, Fla.-based retailer and Rafael Nodal’s Dominican cigar company have worked together on a variety of exclusives, the two most recent being Aging Room Quattro F55M Maduro and La Bohème Momentos.
The latest collaboration is named Mi Tierra, a three vitola line composed of a habano wrapper, a Dominican binder and filler tobacco from the Dominican Republic. Packaged in boxes of 10, the Mi Tierra is being produced at the Tabacalera Palma factory in the Dominican Republic.
The Aging Room Mi Tierra launched in three different vitolas:
- Aging Room Mi Tierra Robusto (5 x 50) — $6.99 (Boxes of 10, $69.95)
- Aging Room Mi Tierra Toro (6 x 54) — $7.99 (Boxes of 10, $79.95)
- Aging Room Mi Tierra Torpedo (6 x 54) — $8.99 (Boxes of 10, $89.95)
- Cigar Reviewed: Aging Room Mi Tierra Robusto
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Factory: Tabacalera Palma
- Wrapper: Habano
- Binder: Dominican Republic
- Filler: Dominican Republic
- Length: 5 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Vitola: Robusto
- MSRP: $6.99 (Boxes of 10, $69.95)
- Release Date:
- Number of Cigars Released: Regular Production
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
The Aging Room Mi Tierra is covered in a dark mocha brown wrapper that features both quite a bit of tooth and numerous veins running up and down the length. There is a some noticeable oil present and the Mi Tierra has a nice amount of give when squeezed. Aroma from the wrapper is a combination of baker’s spices, dry wood shavings, barnyard, sweet leather and earth while the cold draw brings flavors of anise, aromatic cedar, gritty earth, leather, espresso beans and a touch of black pepper.
Starting out the first third, the Aging Room Mi Tierra immediately exhibits flavors of dark chocolate, cinnamon, baker’s spices, oak and freshly roasted coffee beans, along with a bite from some black pepper on the retrohale. There is a nice—albeit very slight—floral sweetness note on the retrohale, but it is just not strong enough at this point to make much of an impact in the overall profile. I am also noticing a bit of spice on my tongue, but it does not seem to want to stick around very long. Construction-wise, the draw on this sample is excellent, but the burn is off from the beginning, forcing me to touch it up a couple of times to stop it from getting out of hand. The smoke production is about average while the overall strength ends the first third well short of the medium mark, although it is increasing.
There are no major surprises to be had in the second third of the Aging Room Mi Tierra, as it features a close to carbon copy profile compared to the first third, including flavors of cinnamon, dark chocolate, baker’s spices, oak and freshly roasted coffee beans. The black pepper note on the retrohale is still present, but noticeably reduced, and the floral sweetness from the first third remains about the same. Surprisingly, there is still some spice on my tongue, but it has not increased in strength, and begins to fade as the second third burns down. The burn continues to impress with just the right amount of resistance, and the burn has thankfully evened out nicely, while the smoke production remains about average. Finally, while the strength has increased compared to the beginning of the cigar, it still fails to hit the medium mark by the of the second third.
Surprisingly, the floral sweetness from the first two thirds actually increases enough to become a significant part in the profile during the final third of the Aging Room Mi Tierra, joining other notes of dark chocolate, bitter espresso beans, earth, creamy oak, hay and a touch of creamy peanuts. The spice on my tounge is still making itself known, and while the black pepper on the retrohale is still sticking around, it is much reduced from its high around the halfway point. Unfortunately, the burn has become problematic, and I have to touch it up a couple more times, but the draw is as good as ever, and the smoke production has actually increased slightly. While the strength level does finally hit the medium mark by the middle of the final third, it stalls out there, and I put the nub down with a little less than an inch to go.
- Mi Tierra translates to my land in English.
- There are a surprisingly large number of Mexican restaurants named Mi Tierra all over the country.
- The final third of this cigar is easily the most enjoyable and most complex, with the large amount of floral sweetness compared to the other two thirds a major reason.
- Altadis U.S.A. took over as distributor for the Aging Room/Boutique Blends brands in May.
- Cigars for this review were sent to halfwheel by Thompson Cigar Co.
- The final smoking time for all three samples averaged one hour and 18 minutes.
- If you would like to purchase any of the Aging Room Mi Tierra cigars, the only place you can get them is at Thompson Cigar Co.
I have been impressed with a number of Aging Room releases over the years, and was looking forward to trying a new blend from the brand. The Aging Room Mi Tierra has quite a bit going for it, including a decent compliment of flavors and an interesting floral sweetness that sticks around throughout the entire cigar, albeit in varying strengths. Unfortunately, the overall construction was less than stellar, with two of the samples needing to be touched up multiple times, but the draw was excellent on all three cigars. While nowhere close to as good as the Aging Room Quattro F55M Maduro, I liked the Mi Tierra enough to recommend trying, especially at the price point it is sold at.