The Plasencia Alma del Fuego is the third cigar in the Alma series that began with the Alma Fuerte – the 93-rated, number 9 Cigar of 2017 on Cigar...
The Plasencia Alma del Fuego is the third cigar in the Alma series that began with the Alma Fuerte – the 93-rated, number 9 Cigar of 2017 on Cigar Aficionado’s list of the Top 25 Cigars of the Year. The name of this Nicaraguan puro means “soul of fire,” and this one is all about fire from beginning to end.
In the south of Nicaragua, there’s a large lake called Lake Nicaragua. Interestingly, if you look out from shore, you’ll see twin mountains. If you ask locals what the mountains are called, they’ll tell you “Volcán Concepción and Volcán Maderas.” Just by looking at the names, you can probably guess that the mountains are actually volcanoes.
The perfect place for a farm, right?
Well, actually, yes!
By spewing out minerals from deep within the Earth, volcanoes create incredibly rich soil in the area surrounding them over time. If you’re careful enough to avoid dying in the fiery doom of an eruption, you can cultivate excellent crops there, like the binder and half the filler tobaccos in the Plasencia Alma del Fuego (the wrapper is a sun-grown leaf from Jalapa, another tobacco-growing region of Nicaragua).
According to Nestor Plasencia Jr., “you really need to age it well if you want it to reach its full potential.” Of course, he has, and the results are fantastic – the smoke starts with a characteristic hint of Nicaraguan spice, then develops into tangerine, roasted cashews, and guava wood. It’s a fine smoke that really rewards your patience.