Toro, 6 x 52
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut Broadleaf Mediums
|Cigar age||0 yr. 3.1 mo.|
BACKGROUND: I first tried the Nica Rustica while on location in Nicaragua at Drew Estate Cigar Safari. Of course, when you are on location in the cigar capital of Central America, everything tastes great. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your opinion, the blend that I tasted pre-release, never materialized. This is often the case with pre-release cigars. Sometimes the pre-release blend makes it to market untouched, but other times, the blend is changed drastically, for better or for worse.
But, more about the Nica Rustica cigars… They carry the name and image of "El Brujito," an ancient term meaning shaman or witch doctor to the people of Estelí, Nicaragua, where the cigars are made. The colorful box features a detachable lid with a notch, meant to be hung in a cigar store or in a man cave.
The cigar uses a USA Connecticut Broadleaf “mediums” wrapper, as compared to “darks” for the Liga Privada No. 9. The binder is a Mexican San Andres Negro (the same type used as wrapper on the Undercrown), while the fillers are Nicaraguan, from Estelí and Jalapa.
Featuring a pigtail cap and covered foot, the rough finish of Nica Rustica is intentional and adds to its rustic appeal.
Nica Rustica has a consumer-friendly suggested retail price of $6.95 per stick. This cigar comes in just one size: a 6 inch by 52 ring gauge Toro.
TASTING NOTES: This cigar charged out of the gate by hitting almost all the different taste bud types on the tongue. I noted spice, sweetness and a touch of walnut skins for the bite or bitterness. Retrohaling the smoke added rich Crème brûlée notes and black pepper spice. This cigar had an earthy and rustic flavor profile, befitting its name. It was full in flavor and medium-full in body and strength during the first half.
The construction and burn were solid, but with some minor flaws. The burn line was blistered and meandering and when I tapped off the ash, there was a fairly long spike underlying the ash. None of those things were deal-breakers, however.
As the cigar progressed, I noticed a runner up one side of the cigar caused by a tunnel just beneath the surface of the wrapper on that side. Once again, this issue was short-lived and didn't represent a substantial burn problem.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half, the body and strength of the Nica Rustica ramped up nicely and provided a greater impact on my palate. By the second half mark, all the burn issues had resolved and the cigar finished strong in the construction and burn department.
The Nica Rustica makes for an interesting and challenging smoke because its flavor and body profile change significantly throughout the smoke. In the first half, I noted more complexity and nuanced flavors and during the second half, I noted a beefier profile with a fairly long and earthy finish. Some say it lacks balance and harmony, but I disagree. I think it just changes throughout the smoke, which makes it an interesting and challenging cigar to smoke.
This cigar not only would go well with a nice single malt scotch, but would be a winner with aged rum, especially a Nicaraguan rum like Flor de Caña.
I like the Nica Rustica and I can recommend it for folks who like their cigars with plenty of character and changes throughout the smoke. At a fair price point of around $6.95 per stick, this is a no-brainer to try and may end up being one of your regular smokes.
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