La Hoja Cigars is built on old Cuban traditions and was founded by Willie Flores and Carlos Gomez. Despite the fact that the family was forced to flee during Castro’s persecution, the company has risen from the ashes as one of the best-selling boutique cigars in the United States.
La Hoja Cigar Co. 1962 currently has three lines available: La Hoja Edición Clásica 1962, Maduro 1962 and Reserva Limitada. The La Hoja Edición Clásica 1962 uses an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper, Dominican binder and Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan fillers. The Edición Maduro 1962 also features a Dominican binder with Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan fillers, but boasts a Mexican San Andrés Maduro wrapper. Both the Clásica and Maduro are available in four soft-press sizes—No. 1 Robusto (5 ¼ x 52), No. 2 Belicoso (5 ¼ x 54), No. 6 Toro Gordo (6 x 60) and No. 9 Toro (5 ¾ x 56)—and offered in boxes of 20.
La Hoja Cigars are made at the Tabacalera DBL S.A. factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic using tobaccos from DBL’s farms and Leo Reyes’ farms.
The Reserva Limitada 1962, which in not a part of the core lines, uses tobaccos aged for six years and is offered in one 6 ½ x 54 Toro vitola that is not pressed. It uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Dominican binder and Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan fillers and is available in 12-count boxes.
The cigar has a very rich looking dark wrapper that has a bold pre-light aroma and some sweet tones. It is solid in the hand with an oily sheen.
1st quarter: There was a very slight resistance on the draw but it was still very smooth, producing plenty of big clouds of flavorful smoke. 2nd quarter: Some hints of earthy flavors appeared and remained consistent throughout. There was some light spice through the nose and some creamy texture came through. A dual flavor texture was detectable but slowly corrected itself. 3rd quarter: There was some sweetness on the palate along with creamy smoke. The flavor had an earthy richness in the aroma and continued to intensify in strength. 4th quarter: Its good construction allowed for a steady burn and the development of a long and white flaky ash. The aroma continued to increase and richness developed.
La Hoja Maduro 1962 offers full flavors and some unique textures. An underlying sweetness was consistent throughout most of the profile. Light spices were present along with an alluring earthiness. Overall, it is a medium bodied to almost full cigar with good flavor and understandable characters.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro.
Binder: Dominican Republic.
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaragua.
Size: 5 ¼” x 52.