Released in early 2019, the Aging Room Bin No. 2 Nicaragua builds off the success of the Bin No. 1, but this rendition takes us out to the rich soils of the volcanic island of Ometepe, Nicaragua. This is where some of the best and rarest tobacco in grown. Rafael Nodal, owner of Aging Room Cigars, stated in a press release
“This tobacco has a great aroma and a unique, sweet, earthy taste…As soon as I tasted this rare tobacco, I knew it had to be the start of a blend, just like a composer creates a concerto for orchestra and a specific instrument.”
That blend eventually was revealed as a Nicaraguan puro that includes not only Ometepe, but also Estelí and Jalapa.
- Wrapper – Nicaraguan
- Binder – Nicaraguan – Ometepe
- Filler – Nicaraguan
The Aging Room Bin No. 2 Nicaragua is expressed in three vitolas and comes packaged in 20-count boxes:
- C Major – Double Robusto (5 3/4 x 54) MSRP $13.25
- B Minor – Robusto (5 x 52) MSRP $13.00
- Grande (6 x 60) MSRP $13.50
They are hand crafted at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Nicaragua and distributed by Altadis U.S.A. For this review I sampled the Aging Room Bin No. 2 Nicaragua C Major.
The Aging Room Bin No. 2 Nicaragua is a gorgeous, dark reddish brown clay colored cigar that has minimal veins. There is a light marbling in the leaf and it has a satin feel to it. The presentation is finished with a well applied cap. I did note it had an odd shape to the foot, but that could be just the one cigar.
Three bands mark the cigar. The primary uses a white, brown, and gold motif that proudly displays the Aging Room logo in the center and the name “Bin No. 2” below. The secondary band uses the white and brown motif and declares it as “100% Nicaraguan”. A final, red footer band finishes the decoration.
Pre-light aromas had a cracker like note front and center off the foot and just a little along the barrel.
I sliced the cap with a double blade Xikar cutter and gave it some long cold puffs that started with a peppery spice and developed some creamy butter notes in the background. I enjoyed cold puffing this one.
A triple flame torch allowed me to warm the foot, which took to the heat well and offered an array of flavor notes, including light pepper, fruit, and butter cracker. Wow! What a great start. Now follow along as I break this one down and turn it to ash.
Cigar Review Notes
- Initial light brings light pepper, fruit, and butter cracker notes
- Light grey ash formed on a thick and slightly wavy char line
- Pepper tones down and a coffee note adds to the mix deep in first third
- Spice notes enter near start of second third
- Slight off burn developed that eventually required a mild touch up
- Ash fell revealing a fairly centered burn cone
- Mild to medium in strength so far
- Earthy notes enter in the second third
- Gentle sweetness smooths it out
- Light nut aroma wafts off the foot
- Cocoa notes join the profile, deep in the second third
- Spice and sweetness complete the journey
- Medium in strength
- Total Smoking time was 1 hour and 50 minutes
Overall, the Aging Room Bin No. 2 Nicaragua was a fine cigar that had a smooth and complex flavor profile which transitioned as well as an expertly composed symphony. The burn had just a small wave and required only a mild touch up. It also had a flaky ash. This is worth grabbing a five pack and enjoy anytime of the day. I rate this a 92.
Point Deductions: (-1) Slight Off Burn; (-1) Mild Touch Up; (-1) Flaky Ash Cone
Bonus Points: (+1) Extremely Complex