Size: 5 x 44
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper Color: Maduro
Wrapper Origin: Connecticut
Wrapper Leaf Type: Habano Seed
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
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I’d been sitting on this cigar for a number of months and decided to break it out last night when I wasn’t up for a 2 hour smoke. It was an attractive cigar with a nice pigtail head. The wrapper was dark with a nice sheen. It wasn’t overly oily, but it reflected the light nicely. There were a few small veins down the length of the cigar. The pack was firm and it sported the standard LP label- part classical with the emblem, and part nouveau with the hand written name. The foot and the wrapper had a very “dark” scent with hints of wood, coffee, and a very faint note of cocoa. I bit the pigtail and pulled the cap off between my teeth. The draw was firm, but the flavor was somewhat diminutive. It was very similar to my experience with other Ligas- the cold draw is underwhelming and then the flavor explodes upon lighting it. If I could cite any specific taste I would say it was mild leather. I used a torch to toast the foot and finished the light with a wooden match.
The start was just as I expected- a blast of full-bodied flavor right out of the gate! I primarily picked up cedar with hints of pepper in the retrohale. I never cease to be amazed by the profiles of LPs, they contain nuances that are hard to pin down, but the overall taste seems so impeccably blended. The burn through the first section was perfect.
The second section of the cigar was consistent and just as enjoyable as the first. I started tasting a buttery tone that made the spice feel slightly “oily” on my tongue, but at the same time toned down the sharpness of the cedar. I really enjoyed the amount of smoke I got from this cigar. It was plentiful and on the puffs where I wasn’t picking the flavor apart, it delivered a great experience. This is one of those cigars that you can smoke mindlessly and still feel like you’ve experienced something good afterwards.
Much to my surprise, the cigar didn’t become all that more potent as it moved into the nub. This stick was interesting because while it never seemed to really change all that much, it remained engaging through the entire smoke. It bucked the trend of most full bodied cigars by not bordering on overwhelming in the final third. I think a lot can be said for the blender’s selection of a smaller vitola for this cigar. It closed with the same tastes of cedar and muted pepper that it began with, but it also bid farewell with background flavors of espresso, leather, and bitter chocolate.
The entire smoke took 60 minutes. I would not recommend this cigar for an early morning or on an empty stomach. It smoked well after dinner with a glass of Coke.
Pros: Contruction, burn, and depth of flavor.
Cons: None. I could cite the size of the cigar since I would have gladly enjoyed it for another 30 minutes, but I think the choice of vitola was essential to how the blend is presented.