Size: 6” x 64 ring gauge
Purchased at Maxamar's
I didn't hear a whole lot about this cigar before it was released. I saw a couple people smoking it but it had slipped my mind before it showed up at my local shop. Looking at the cigar in the 100 count cabinets it comes in you really don't get an idea of the size of this cigar. When you get it out of the box and into your hand it makes its presence known. This definitely isn't a size I normally go for but decided to give it a try. This cigar was released at the tail end of 2013 and I can't really tell if it is going to be a limited release or not. From what I can tell it may be a regular release. The binder and filler are all Dominican tobaccos with an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper that is from a higher priming than the normal Ligero line. The cigar I smoked for review was either the 4th or 5th one of these I had.
The wrapper on this sample was a slightly reddish brown in color with some oils to it. There were some medium veins to the wrapper although it was fairly smooth to the touch. When I gave it a squeeze I couldn't detect any soft spots and there was a slight amount of give. Putting my nose to the wrapper I was able to detect some light leather aromas with a good amount of barnyard coming from the foot. After clipping it and taking a cold draw on it I got notes of sweet cinnamon with a good draw.
Like almost all of the LFD line this cigar starts off with a lot of spice on the tongue and retrohale. The cigar started off with flavors of cinnamon, leather, some copper with a sweet finish. Towards the end of the first third I started to get some green herbal spice, coffee and earth thrown in. It started at the upper end of medium in regards to strength. The flavors changed slightly to cinnamon, leather, coffee with a sweet finish. The spice was still present and I started to get a slight nicotine hit from it by the end of the second third. The final third saw some sweet green herbal notes come through but I still was able to get tastes of cinnamon, coffee, leather with a sweet finish from it. It definitely moved into the full strength range as I finished it off as I was getting a pretty strong nicotine hit from it
The draw was pretty much perfect the entire way though. I did have some burn problems. I don't know if they were related to the breeze that was blowing while I was smoking this cigar or something wrong wit this one. I don't remember having burn issues with the previous ones I smoked.
This huge of a cigar for $9 is a pretty good value.
I definitely enjoyed this cigar. I just wish it wasn't so huge. I think if it was 56 ring gauge or smaller I'd enjoy it more. I do think that if you like LFDs cigars you should give it a try even thought it is large. I also think that with the higher priming wrapper it will age a lot better than the other natural cigars. I will caution those that aren't into strong cigars I'd give this one a pass as I could feel the nicotine hit from it by the time I was done.