The Plasencia family has been growing tobacco for five generations, own three major factories in Nicaragua and make cigars for almost everyone in the industry. Plasencia Alma Rosa is their first brand out of their new Plasencia 1865 company, and they come with a powerful blend made entirely of Nicaraguan tobacco. The medium to full bodied cigar uses selected, carefully aged Criollo ’98 tobacco from Esteli, Condega, Jalapa and Ometepe.
Alma Fuerte comes in three sizes: the box-pressed Nestor IV, measuring 6 1/4 inches by 54 ring gauge; Generacion V, a 7 by 58 box-pressed salomon; and the hexagonally pressed Sixto ii, a six-sided cigar at 6 by 60.
Why a hexagon? “The hexagon is nature’s most perfect shape,” said Plasencia. “Think of the honeycomb. And it burns perfectly.”
They come in 10-count boxes with a lid that when flipped around has a branded pewter insert over the wood and doubles as an ashtray.
The cigars have suggested retail prices from $20 to $22.