La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor; the Aroma of Cuba, My love, roughly translated. La Aroma De Cuba is a brand of cigar that was quite popular for some time in the mid-1900s, and was even smoked by Sir Winston Churchill, who you may know as the guy responsible for preventing England from having to learn how to speak German.
The brand was revitalized thanks to the work of Robert Levin and Don Pepin Garcia. You likely recognize the name of Don Pepin Garcia, or else you have not ever had the pleasure of enjoying a peppery, spicy cigar from My Father. Robert Levin was an owner of a cigar shop, who has now moved more into distribution with his company Ashton and the cigar lines that they oversee.
Together, they brought La Aroma De Cuba back, and the Mi Amor Valentino is a celebration of the success of the brand. Made in Nicaragua at the Esteli facility, the Mi Amor line of cigars is something special. It combines the best tobacco that Nicaragua has to offer, then wraps them in a dark Maduro wrapper from San Andres. Now, most of the Mi Amor line is put in a box press, but the Valentino is the one exception to that rule, so if you don’t like box press, this is the one that you should be looking to.
Most important, though, is the flavor. The cigar exudes rich notes of dark chocolate and unadulterated coffee, along with spice (it just wouldn’t be a My Father-made cigar if it didn’t have a hint of spice to it). The smoke is consistently delicious from beginning to end, and having a box of twenty-five such wonderful cigars is a true delight. Just be sure to take care of them properly and maintain the right humidity in the box.