Cuba Libre is an extraordinary blend from Central America.
Rolled by Nestor Plasencia, one of Central America's top cigar makers and the world's single largest grower of Cuban-seed tobacco, his beloved Cuba Libre blend is a unique mix of aged Cuban seed long-fillers bound with an authentic, exquisite Corojo wrapper—a wrapper selected specifically for its oily texture and robust flavor. This project is near and dear to the Plasencia family because, as a younger man, Nestor was driven out of Cuba and his tobacco, farms, and factories were confiscated by Castro. He often talks of one day returning to a “free Cuba” to continue his family's five-generation tobacco tradition. So as you might imagine, this blend was one he poured his heart and soul into, and the result is nothing less than extraordinary. In fact, it's possibly the finest to ever come out of his factory. That's really saying something, considering Nestor's factories craft most of Rocky Patel's blends, MAXX by Alec Bradley, and some Gurkha lines, among others.
Cuba Libre is characterized by its earthy, leathery flavor that has an almost chewy texture and an enjoyably long finish. The interplay of ample spicy notes with a subtle sweetness brings forth a complexity that can only be found in cigars crafted of 100% Cuban-seed tobacco. Packaged in exceedingly elegant cedar boxes of 20, Cuba Libre is a top-rated pick, and one of the industry's best values in full-flavored cigars.
Cuban-seed Nicaraguan and Honduran long-leaf tobacco – that's all I need to say. This stick comes packed to the brim with full-flavored goodness while the 60-ring gauge produces ample flavor and allows for an effortless draw. If you're like me and enjoy thick, creamy smoke with tons of peppery aromas, you'll love Cuba Libre. Don't be afraid of it: you'll find a smooth, enjoyable finish from head to foot despite its full flavor and stout ring.
Epicure (6.0"x50) Excellent burn. The cigar is relatively mellow for the first inch and then explodes with flavor as it burns towards the head. Sweet nuances are noticeable and the finish seems to last longer than expected. The complexities are greatly noticeable from inch to inch. Preferred size.
Unico (torpedo) (6.2"x54) Perfectly constructed and offers more complexities than the Epicure. The wrapper is almost flawless with little veins and the draw is very, very easy. Definitely the best size when looking at construction and complexity.
Magnum (5.5"x55) Features a very easy draw, flawless construction. Produces a creamy smoke and many spicy nuances can be tasted. Perfect forty-five minute cigar.
Club Corona (5.5"x44) More robust than the other sizes and the draw is a bit tight. Due to its size, the flavors seem stronger and the spice is abundant from start to finish. Noticed almost no sweet nuances but still, very enjoyable.
Chairman (7.0"x52) The draw is a bit tight for the size; however, this stick offers a stronger experience. The blend is balanced throughout but the burn was slightly uneven. Great to enjoy after a hearty meal.