VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019
VegaFina is once again producing a cigar for the occasion, appropriately titled the VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019. The cigar is a 5 1/2 x 56 Pareja featuring a pigtail cap, a nod to next year’s representation of the Chinese zodiac calendar.
Blend-wise, the cigar uses a Habano 2000 wrapper over a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. Limited edition 2019 in a designed wooden box celebrating the mentioned year according to the Chinese calendar – the year of the pig.
VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 Appearance
The Habana 2000 wrapper of the theVegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 has a dark cinnamon color to it. Upon closer examination, there is some mottling present on the surface. This is a wrapper that does not have much in the way of oil on it. There are some visible veins, and most of the wrapper seams are on the thinner side.
There are two bands on the VegaFina Year of the Ox. The primary band has a white background with silver trim. On the center of the band is a red “VF” surrounded by a silver wreath which in turn is surrounded by a series of silver concentric circles. The left side of the band has the text “VEGAFINA” in red font while the right side has the text “HECHO A MANO” in red font.
There is a secondary band that is red with gold font. On the center of the band is an image of an ox. Below the ox are two Chinese symbols. To the left of the image is the text “YEAR OF” and to the right is the text “THE PIG.”
VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 Pre-Light Draw
Prior to lighting up the VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019, a straight cut is used to remove the cap. Once the cap is removed, it was on to the pre-light draw. The dry draw delivers a mix of earth, natural tobacco, and some black pepper. Flavorwise this is a straightforward pre-light draw. Overall this is a satisfying pre-light draw experience. At this point, it is time to light up the theVegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 and see what the smoking experience would have in store.
VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 Flavour
The start of the VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 pick-up where the pre-light draw left off. There are notes of earth, natural tobacco, and black pepper. During the opening stages, some mixed fruit sweetness and baker’s spice enter the equation. As the smoking experience of the VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 progress, the earth and natural tobacco notes move into the forefront with the fruit, black pepper, and baker’s spice secondary. Meanwhile, there is an additional layer of black pepper on the retro-hale.
As the VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 move into the second third, the natural tobacco notes would take over as the primary note. The earth notes diminish, settling into the background with the fruit, black pepper, and baker’s spice notes.
The final third of the VegaFina Year of the Ox doesn’t see much in the way of change. Natural tobacco remains grounded in the forefront. As for the background notes, there is a slight increase in intensity in the black pepper. Rounding out the flavor profile are notes of earth, fruit, and baker’s spice. This is the way the smoking experience o the VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 comes to a close. The resulting nub is slightly soft to the touch and cool in temperature.
VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 Burn
The burn of the VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 requires several touch-ups to maintain a straight burn path and straight burn line. The touch-ups apply the trick to keep the burn on track, but there are slightly more touch-ups required. The resulting ash isn’t overly firm and there is some minor flaking. This is an ash that is light gray in color. The burn rate and burn temperature are both ideal.
VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 Draw
The draw to the VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 performs extremely well. This is a draw that has a touch of resistance -which is something that. At the same time, the VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 is a low-maintenance cigar to derive flavor from.
VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019 Strength and Body
Overall this is a cigar that is on the bolder side for a VegaFina. The VegaFina Year of the pig started out with medium strength and medium body. Both the strength and the body increase slowly. the intensity of the strength and body are in medium to full territory. The increase in intensity leveled off by the final third.
Final Thoughts about VegaFina Year of the Pig 2019
The VegaFina Year of the Pig delivers a very nice smoking experience from start to finish. This isn’t going to be a cigar load with a lot of flavor transitions, but they’re still is enough in the way of flavor nuances to keep satisfy from start to finish. While it’s slightly bolder than most VegaFina releases, it is still an approachable cigar that would recommend to any enthusiast.
but one that is still worth it, it comes in reaching the threshold to earn the Cigar Coop Standard of Excellence. As with most of the Chinese New Year-themed releases, the packaging is red with gold accents. You can buy this at Stogies & More.