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The wrapper is slightly toothy with a few minor bumps and some vein lines. It has a nice earthy tobacco aroma to it, the cannon feels solid and the cigar appears well packed. Cap is we'll applied and the cut reveals a good draw with a nice tobacco flavor pre light. Nice spice note in the retro with some cream and almond and toasted malt flavors. Burn is spot on and ash is solid and light grey in color. Around the half way mark a mild mocha joines the mix and the cream becomes more subtle. Burn has stayed sharp and smoke production has been good. Leather shows up in the last third and to me it detracts some from the profile but still a enjoyable smoke. These are a good every day cigar,well constructed a decent enough set of flavors and at around 2.70 a stick I will be keeping a box of them in the humidor.
La Libetad Massivo from Villiger is an aptly named stick, semi-firm, with a golden-brown wrapper, tiny veins & plenty of oils. PLA leather & citrus; PLT earth & orange peel; PLD easy. A bit long on the toast & light, the smoke is a citrus-y leather, the draw is airy, & the burn is fairly even & mostly self-correcting. Nutty leather, woods, baking spices & citrus notes are the initial impressions but complexities abound. As the cigar progresses, there comes a floral hint, some coffee tones, a bit of cedar, toast & even a creamy vanilla nuance. The flavors all vie for the finish, making for interesting variances & subtleties on this high-medium-bodied stick. Without a doubt, the best Villiger I've sampled thus far.
It's everything you'd expect a Cigar named America to be. 1st third: Subtle hints of leather (Baseball) 2nd third: This is where the Hot Dog flavor really shined... even tasted a little ketchup or was it mustard? Finish: Sweet Apple Pie ... ala mode of course because ....... 'MERICA
In all seriousness, It was a decent, not great but not bad smoke. The Barber Pole or Pinstriped wrapper is a beauty. Before lighting up, it smelled chocolatey. It's a large ring gauge for me but not too big. The draw was a little tight and it burned for about an hour. Flavor-wise, the only real thing I could think of was that is was Nutty.
It stayed consisted throughout - nutty and slightly leathery. Mostly nutty.
This cigar rested for 70 days at 67%. This cigar is strikingly beautiful with it’s dark maduro wrapper being contrasted by the light colored bands. The construction was flawless with no real veins or visible seams. The PLA was earthy with a very faint grassiness. It took flame and held ash well. The draw did seem to be a bit airy but still delivered a decent amount of smoke. I, as the other reviewers noted, likewise picked up some leather notes with a very slight peppery spice and did not change much through the transitions. One of the better RP’s Ive had I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and I think this may find it’s way into my collection again.
Appearance: 14/15 - Classic Fuente band, cedar sleeve, and a black ribbon on the foot. This cigar has a very classy presentation. When the cedar sleeve was removed it revealed a dark colored (I'd say maduro) wrapper with a fair amount of sheen, some tooth, and neat tight roll.
Smoking Characteristics: 24/25 - Man, I don't smoke Fuente enough but I need to start doing it more frequently! A great smoke from start to finish, burn line was great, draw gave up thick volumes of smoke with ease, ash stayed solid for well over 1" at a time.....this was a pleasure to smoke.
Taste: 22/25 - So this is not a "kitchen sink" type of blend that has a ton of deep flavors going on, but there were a couple of transitions during the smoke and it was an overall tasty profile. Cedar and spice to start, then dark chocolate sweetness with cedar in the background, got a few notes of fruit like cherry during the 2/3, then back to a sweet tobacco with cedar mixed in.
Overall: 33/35 - I love this vitola. Burn time 90 minutes. I smoked one a year ago ROTT 8/17 and it was ok, I smoked one 3 months later 11/17 and it was much better. This one I waited until it hit the 1 year mark 8/18 and I can say that I don't see any huge difference between the one I smoked 11/17. They were both equally tasty and performed very well. This is a great cigar that I can't recommend highly enough.
Rested @ 65% for 3 months. Got this as a hitchhiker from Bruce (brlesq). Thank you Bruce!
Appearance: 15/15 - this is great looking cigar. The wrapper almost looks like fabric, varying in color from Colorado to Oscuro with marble/brindle type of patter. Seams are immaculate and a triple cap to match. Box pressed. Not many oils or sheen on the wrapper, a little on the dry side but smooth as silk.
Smoking Characteristics: 21/25 - This was the tale of 2 cigars - the first 1/2 started off great, nice tight ash (who doesn't love a tight ash??), with tight rings in it. Smoking slow and steady. By the midway point when I ashed it, the burn line got a little weak and it wanted to go out. Had to give it 3 boosts with the lighter to keep it going.
Taste: 20/25 - What can I say? This was just not in my flavor profile wheelhouse. Very dark flavors, earthy/coffee grinds/red pepper. I was hoping it would develop and get a little creamier but it stayed with that dark profile. By the beginning of the 3/3 I had to put it down, it was just not for me. If you like that type of cigar then you should try this one.
Overall: 30/35 - great looking cigar, I was expecting a real treat. Unfortunately I was let down with a combination of a weak burn line and a flavor profile that I just didn't enjoy. This cigar almost tasted like I had smoked it ROTT and it was wet, but it sat in my humi for 3 months @ 65% so I'm pretty sure that wasn't the case. Maybe just not a cigar for me?
This cigar is touted as a full bodied cigar. After smoking I can say the designation is 100% dead on. Full bodied from start to finish.Think of everything heavy and dark and you will have the taste down pat; strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate, earth, charred wood, Guinness, licorice, If you like them stong then this is for you. A Nicaraguan puro here. The nipple like finish is cool to look at but a little tough to light. It is like a 38 ring guage cigar of straight ligero wrapped up in a 50 ring guage cigar with the 38 ring guage sticking out the end of the 50. Like a stick of TNT sort of. Bit of a wavy burn but plenty of smoke. To read more about the entubar rolling method used for this stick read here: https://halfwheel.com/review-berger-argenti-entubar-v32-khilla-korona/8668. These were a limited production cigar somewhere back in 2011-2013 and probably cant be had anymore. BTW, I would say that it did not mellow even with all the age on this one.
Been a long time since I posted a review, but I had one of these last night and felt compelled to say just how amazing these are smoking right now. I had my first one back in 2012-2013 and either didn't review it or didn't take any notes. But I remembered how good that one stick I had was and made a mental note to go out and find some in the future and check back in with these after a few years.
Rugged, bumpy looking stick with a super dark wrapper. This is the rare pelo de oro wrapper that largely contributes to the flavor of this stick. There's also an even darker oscuro version of this stick (which I have also had and is also fabulous). Cold draw is a little restrictive but opens up nicely after a few squeezes. Your usual dark chocolate, earth, and stone fruit flavors.
You'd expect this to have the usual maduro flavor profile given the darkness of the wrapper, but it is so much more than that. The usual earthy chocolate is there, and given that it's an LFD product, you'd expect a peppery kick. Nope. It's unerringly smooth and creamy, and that's what sets these apart. The age, now 6 years since retail release and 12 years by the age of the tobacco in the sticks themselves, has mellowed the pepper and earth significantly. These now possess the flavor profile of a creamy chocolate and stone fruit bomb. There's still a faint hint of the citrus and cedar, but the flavor variance between thirds isn't as distinct as it once was. Full bodied, and a hair down from full strength. Smoking time is about 2 hours.
This stick belongs with its brother, the Small Batch No 2 in the CG Hall of Fame.