I recently smoked the Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf Belicoso, a decent but not great cigar. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf Belicoso. This was a decent but not great cigar, a solid B- smoke.
Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf Belicoso
A Nicaraguan cigar made exclusively with Nicaraguan cigar, I was not nearly as impressed with it as some other reviewers. While I found it to be an adequate smoke, the flavor profile was bland and unimpressive.
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 beautiful. It was well-done: detailed, yet simple.
Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf’s Condition
The Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf Belicoso was well constructed overall. It had some minor flaws, such as spotting and wrinkling, particularly at the foot. Overall, however, it was a good-looking, albeit not beautiful, cigar.
Feel of the Cigar
I found the cigar to be a bit too firm. There was not much give on the squeeze, leading me to fear there would be some draw issues.
Ironically, however, as I discuss below, there were some minor problems with the draw, but not the kind I was expecting.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific. The aroma was of chocolate and coffee and suggested a much better tasting cigar than what I actually experienced.
The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.
Lighting the Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf
The Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf Belicoso lit up fairly easily and without much issue.
The draw was a bit too loose. Generally, when a cigar feels as firm to the touch as this one did, I fear for a tough draw. The exact opposite, however, was true here. There really just wasn’t enough resistance.
Few people like a really tough draw, but there has to be some level of resistance. Otherwise, it feels like you’re smoking nothing at all, almost like pulling air in through a straw.
Still, it wasn’t that bad, and it didn’t hurt the smoking experience too much.
On the retrohale, the Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf Belicoso had an overpowering pepper flavor. While I picked up a bit of sweetness in there—perhaps the chocolate—the pepper drowned out everything else, except maybe some spice.
Overall, it was just abrasive and irritating to my sinuses.
Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf’s Flavor
The Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf Belicoso had hints of coffee and spice. It should have made for a delicious smoke, but there was just something lacking in the flavor profile. I was able to pick up some nice flavors, but they were weak and drowned out in a sea of almost tasteless smoke.
It was really just kind of bland, the type of cigar you want to smoke perhaps when you’re golfing or otherwise distracted. It is, however, a cigar that will have a hard time keeping your attention on its own.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of coffee. It was an overall nice smelling smoke, albeit a bit one-dimensional.
The burn started off just a little uneven at first, which is not atypical of premium cigars. It quickly evened out, however, and burned evenly and smoothly the rest of the way.
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 Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf Belicoso left me feeling relaxed and mellow, precisely what I want.
Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf’s Tobacco
The Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf Belicoso showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Nica Libre & Aganorsa Leaf’s Final Grade
Overall, this was a mediocre cigar. It was well-constructed, and the taste was ok but bland. At $4.60 per stick, it’s a good value, but it’s still not one I’d go out of my way to pick up again.
Final Grade: 81 / B-
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