I recently smoked the La Finca Tierra Brava, a decent but not great cigar. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
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During the quarantine, I have been smoking through my humidor at a tremendous rate. So, I finally got around to smoking some of the cigars I’ve had for a while. One of them was the La Finca Tierra Brava.
I’m not sure where I got this cigar, though I think it came in a sampler pack I ordered from Cigars International some time back.
It was a good but not great cigar.
La Finca Tierra Brava
A Nicaraguan cigar made exclusively with Nicaraguan tobacco, this cigar is on the bottom rung of what can be considered premium. It was a decent enough smoke, but it was nothing to write home about.
Nonetheless, I hold a nostalgic attachment to the La Finca brand. I smoked my very first cigar in 2004, and it was a La Finca. A friend in college gave it to me, and I thought I was in heaven while smoking it.
That is, until the end when it made me sick as a dog. I persisted, however, and as a result, I have come to love cigar smoking. Though, for those looking to get started in cigars, I recommend against starting off with a cigar stored loose in a dorm room closet.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Look of the Label
As the picture indicates, the label was fine. It was understated, which I prefer in my cigars. It was nothing special, but it was nothing distracting or ridiculous, either.
La Finca Tierra Brava’s Condition
The La Finca Tierra Brava was decently constructed. It felt solid and relatively well-made. It was not a top-rung cigar, however, which its appearance made apparent. It had thick veins, lacked the oily sheen present in the best cigars, and was bumpy throughout like it was carelessly rolled.
Feel of the Cigar
In addition to being bumpy in both appearance and feel, this cigar was too soft and inconsistent. Its roll may have been acceptable for a premium smoke, but just barely.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled of hay and toast. The aromas, however, were subtle, and not in a good way. It frankly smelled a bit bland and musty. There just wasn’t a lot there to enjoy.
The cut was problematic. Even though I cut above the cap line, the cigar wanted to unravel, and I had to lick down some loose wrapper leaf to keep it from falling apart.
It cut like a cigar that was just too dry.
Lighting the La Finca Tierra Brava
The La Finca Tierra Brava lit up great, however. It was easy, and I didn’t even have to put the flame to it again after I toasted it. It just lit right up.
The draw started off almost flawlessly with just the right amount of resistance. It grew progressively more difficult, however, until it became too tough to enjoy. It did eventually work its way through this problematic period, but it took too long to do so.
On the retrohale, the La Finca Tierra Brava was exceptionally smooth with hints of cream and cinnamon. It was much better here than I expected. Even with the hints of cinnamon, I was able to pull the smoke through my sinuses without difficulty.
La Finca Tierra Brava’s Flavor
On the cold draw, I could only pick up hay. After the light, the predominant flavor was leather, and it was a bit bitter. The bitterness with a generally bland flavoring left much to be desired.
This is a great golf course cigar, but not so great when your attention is focused on enjoying the smoke. The La Finca Tierra Brava is best smoked with a distraction.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of spice and perhaps leather. It was mellow but, like the flavor on the palate, quite bland.
The La Finca Tierra Brava lit up evenly and quickly and maintained a nice even burn throughout. About half-way through the cigar, however, the burn grew weak and was always threatening to go out.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The La Finca Tierra Brava did not provide the most relaxing feeling, but it didn’t cause any adverse effects, either.
Like the rest of the cigar, here, the La Finca Tierra Brava was adequate.
La Finca Tierra Brava’s Tobacco
The La Finca Tierra Brava showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
La Finca Tierra Brava Bonus Points
Despite its flaws, it was an enjoyable enough smoke, and I smoked it all the way down to the nub. I felt like this merited a bonus point. +1.
La Finca Tierra Brava’s Final Grade
Overall, this was a mediocre cigar. It was an adequate experience but nothing particularly special. At $4.25 per stick, it’s not a bad deal, but I still probably wouldn’t pay that much when better cigars can be found at that price.
Final Grade: 81 / B-
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