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Old 04-12-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Default Nica Libre torpedo

SmokeyNL gave me this cigar, another AJ Fernandez blend, as he liked them a lot. So far most of my experiences with AJ Fernandez are pleasant ones so I was looking forward to this Nica Libre. The reviews I have read mentioned Padron a lot, which only raised my expectations.



This box pressed 6 x 52 torpedo has a nice, silky San Andreas maduro wrapper with some small veins. The Nicaraguan puro has a nice round head and a tasteful band, although I can see why people would call it a Padron Anniversary rip-off band. The construction feels good and the cigar has a pretty full barnyard aroma. The predraw is loose and I taste pepper.



I can taste a full flavored coffee flavor, mild bitter, maybe even harsh and after half an inch I also taste a sour flavor for just a few puffs. The bitterness fades a bit, but there isn't much change in flavors.



After 2/3rd I can taste a bit of chocolate as an aftertaste. The chocolate disappears and I get some wood instead, that tries to break through the coffee.



The draw is way too loose, but I still get a lot of thick white smoke from the cigar. The ash is a bit frayed, pepper & salt colored and quite firm. The burn is good, but a bit fast. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.



Would I buy this cigar again? No. This is a boring, dull cigar and I didn't like it a lot.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:20 AM   #2
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Default Re: Nica Libre torpedo

Thanks for the review Don! I really like the Principe size in this line...
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:49 PM   #3
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Another fine review Ferdie!!
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:50 PM   #4
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:06 PM   #5
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Thanks for the review Don! I really like the Principe size in this line...
Except for me it's the Imperials. Sorry you didn't like it, Ferdie, but another good review.
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:23 PM   #6
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Default Re: Nica Libre torpedo

Wow the Nica's seem to be either love em or hate em. I personally love them (I like the Torpedo size but like the Principe even more) but a good review none the less.
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