Today's selection from the OYA Maduro Sampler is the Double Ligero Lancero--one of my favorite blends in my favorite size, with a wrapper that should bring some more flavor to the party. The wrapper of this cigar was about as leathery as I have ever seen a tobacco leaf--veiny, mottled, a little gnarly--it was rustic, but oily and beautiful, too. The leaf had notes of dried fruit and earth, while the foot had a strong, rich earth and manure aroma. The unlit draw gave me a sweet cocoa and raisin flavor. To balance the inherent sweetness of the maduro wrapper, I decided to pair this cigar with some Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey.
The cigar started off with a lot of leather and some dark chocolate in a very full-bodied, thick smoke. The rye whiskey was spicy and raw in the throat. The cigar had a pepperty retrohale to begin, but it settled down to a dull burn within 10 to 15 minutes. I got some interesting notes of licorice and raisin in the second third.
Later on the chocolately sweetness crept back in and there was some mild cayenne pepper on the finish. There was still some anise in the background as well. This DL Maduro went well with the Wild Turkey Rye. If these are available separately, I can definitely recommend this to fans of full-bodied smokes.