Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, spice, wood, and leather. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors remaining consistent through the first third after which I started getting a spicy minty note in the 2nd third which was briefly predominant before fading away by the last third where all the other flavors mostly dissipated as well. Pretty tasty smoke with plenty of spice to keep things interesting, at least for the first half or so. Strength was about medium. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The burn evened out quickly and stayed that way through the first third with the ash dropping reluctantly at 1 1/2″ leaving a nice cone. Things got wavy, then lopsided from there, and showed no signs of self-correcting, so a touch-up was needed in the 2nd third. And another at the end of the 2nd third. And more lopsidedness in the last third but it was close enough to the nub to just dump it. Draw and smoke output remained more or less optimal throughout. (18/25)
Overall impression: Not the most well-constructed stick and kind of disappointing, especially given the price these go for. Flavors were pretty nice and a bit unusual with the minty aspect in the first half, but the 2nd half was much less inspiring. Not one I’d really be interested in smoking again and whether I buy any more Liberty’s in the future is now kind of uncertain given the price and the questionable ROI factor. Pretty sure I could spend what I spent on this one and get a couple of really nice smokes from other brands that take more care with their rolling. (23/35)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of earthy tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, black coffee, spice, and a hint of leather. The spice in the nose mostly backed off after a few puffs with the other flavors remaining consistent through the first third after which the leather came to the fore in the 2nd third with the pepper receding to the background. Very tasty, overall, and pretty much right in my wheelhouse for a fuller smoke. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (24/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash dropping at 1 1/4″ leaving a small cone. Smoke output dropped noticeably towards the end of the 2nd third for some unknown reason before returning to optimal for the last third but things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. (23/25)
Overall impression: This was the third vitola I’ve had from this blend and my reviews of the other two (LBV, Willy Lee) show a very similar experience both with flavors and construction. It’s just an excellent smoke all the way round and one I’ll be looking to pick up more of. (32/35)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of charred wood, spice, coffee, and a hint of something like sweet BBQ sauce. The spice in the nose mostly backed off with the other flavors remaining consistent throughout the smoke. Not bad and pretty flavorful, but it wasn’t quite in my wheelhouse. Strength was medium at best. (21/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume on the low side of optimal, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4″ leaving a small cone. Things continued normally through the 2nd third, then following the 2nd ashing, the burn gradually got lopsided in the last third at the same time as the wrapper crack at the head was worsening to the point where the wrapper completely came off. It was close enough to the nub at this point that I then dumped the whole mess in the tray. Draw and smoke output remained on the low side of optimal throughout. (16/25)
Overall impression: Pretty decent smoke, at least for the first two thirds, with flavors being reasonably nice and the initial wrapper crack not affecting smokeability too much. But then it all went to hell in the last third. This one came as a Small Batch COTM selection last year, but I’ve had better RP sticks from C-bid at a lot less money than what this one cost. (22/35)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of charred wood, spice, and hints of black pepper and leather. The spice in the nose faded somewhat with the other flavors remaining consistent until the 2nd half when the pepper ramped and gradually became predominant through the remainder. Pretty nice, overall, with the spice level being sufficient to keep things interesting throughout. Strength was about medium. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4″ leaving a small cone. The burn got wavy, then lopsided in the 2nd third and finally got a touch-up when it appeared it wasn’t going to self-correct. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (22/25)
Overall impression: Pretty decent smoke, this one, although the flavors weren’t entirely in my wheelhouse. I thought I’d had this blend in another vitola, but it was the “MAD MF”, or maduro, version, which actually appears to be a completely different blend. At any rate, decent flavors, pretty good construction, if not perfect, and I’d smoke it again. (29/35)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium profile with notes of wood and creamy coffee. This stayed mostly consistent throughout the smoke with the wood fading a bit in the 2nd half and the coffee coming a bit more to the fore. Not bad, but there was no spice to speak of so it missed my wheelhouse by a good bit. Strength was medium at best. (18/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume on the low side of optimal, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling reluctantly at 1 1/4″ leaving a nice cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained on the low side of optimal throughout. (23/25)
Overall impression: Not the most amazing flavor profile with this one, but construction was pretty excellent, so it made for a very pleasant morning smoke to accompany my cupa joe whilst catching up with some Netflix and youtube watching. This one came as a Small Batch COTM selection last year, so was my only one, but I’d smoke it again if it were handed to me. (26/35)
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More About Cuban Cigars
When people talk about the country Cuba, great beaches, fascinating culture, rum, and music come to mind. Arguably, Cuba is just as famous for its Cuban Cigars. This northern Caribbean island has been growing tobacco for hundreds of years and making the best cigars since the time of King Phillip II of Spain, who lived between 1527 and 1598.
Many of the well-known cuban cigar brands have been around for over 150 years and the local farmers have gained a wealth of growing experience over many generations to draw from. In recent times Nicaraguan cigars, Dominican cigars and cigars from other non-Cuban origins are taking it up to the Cuban’s. However, many people continue to argue that Cuban remains to be the number one location to grow the plant. And the number one reason for that is Cuba’s soil.
What has made Cuban cigars so good for so long is the rich soil in which the tobacco is grown. That comes from four main regions; Pinar del Rio(inclusive of Vuelta Abajo), Partido, Remedios and Vuelta Arriba.
The Pinar del Rio province is a prime location to grow some of the best tobacco in the world. It is from here that many well-known Cuban Cigar Brands source high-quality wrapper leaves.
In Partido there are a bunch of tobacco plantations that have a very long history. They are renowned for cultivating plants with long-filler and short-filler Habanos leaves. Not far from Partido is the city of Havana. It is here where one will find most of the Habanos factories and many of the best stores to buy cuban cigars.
In the region of Vuelta Arriba there are two major tobacco-growing regions; Remedios and Oriente.
The soil and climate have their own distinctive character in these regions. Remedios is considered to be Cuba’s largest and oldest tobacco-growing region. The Remedios leaf is known by the names of ‘blending tobacco’ or ‘export tobacco’ – which reads far less sexy when translated from Spanish to English. Many famous Cuban cigars have leaves from the Remedios region in Cuba.
There are 27 brands that have the acclaimed title of a Habano. Some of the favourite and famous cuban cigar brands that hold this esteemed attribution include Cohiba Cigars, Hoyo de Monterrey Cigars,Montecristo Cigars, Cuaba Cigars, Partagas Cigars and Romeo v Julieta Cigars
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