Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Size: 5 x 54 “Robusto”
Price: $4.75 (By the box at BestCigarPrices.com)
I am decidedly late to the party as this New Blend occurred in 2009, not 2013. I am just catching up with my back log of reviews.
My first thought after reading that Pepin Garcia had tweaked the blend of the LADC was why? What was wrong with the original blend? And since Garcia has chosen not to disclose what he did to re-tool this cigar, this is a complete mystery to me.
LADC was released in 2002. Cigar Aficionado gave it a 91 and Pepin was happy. CA went on to describe the cigar as earthy, toasty, and full of leather tones. Then, in 2009, Garcia decided he could do better. CA gave the new version a 93. All that work for two points.
The new LADC are now made in Nicaragua and features a different wrapper from the original; using a Connecticut Broadleaf. And using the regular Nicaraguan binder and filler. The new LADC has a much darker wrapper.
Like most Garcia blends, the construction is impeccable and gorgeous. The wrapper is almost seamless and there are very few veins. The triple cap is flawless. The stick has the perfect solid to soft ratio. There is a nice oily sheen and it is very smooth.
The cigar band is again like most of Garcia’s cigars, a work of art. And the red ribbon at the foot gives it a nice flair. And probably the only way to distinguish between the new and old.
I clip the cap and find aromas of spice, cocoa, leather, toast, and sweetness.
Time to light up.
The expected Garcia Blast of Pepper proceeds to attack. But other flavors; such as cocoa and coffee show up very early as well. Creaminess appears and makes it a trifecta +1. The draw is spot on and the char line is a bit wavy. The retro hale burns the hairs from my nose because of the red pepper. Wow. It feels like I stuck a fresh jalapeno up my schnoz.
The thing I like about all Garcia cigars is their readiness to smoke in just a few weeks, or even less. No old school approach of making you wait months. Of course, patience will out. Any cigar will get better the longer you allow it to rest or age in your humidor.
I am getting some rich earthiness now and that aroma of sweetness becomes a flavor.
This is absolutely a stunning cigar for the price. I can’t think of another $5 stick that comes even close to the quality of this stick.
I near the end of the first third and some nice citrus notes appear. So what we have are basically the typical Nicaraguan flavor profile of spice, cocoa, coffee, wood, leather, sweetness, and creaminess. So what did Garcia tweak? Was it the strength? As of now, the body is classic medium. Was it the complexity? I don’t know. As of yet, the cigar has not reached a complex level. Intensity of flavors? Maybe.
I should take a moment and say thank you to Jason Harding, of BestCigarPrices.com, for sending me some samples. Jason is a mensch. And speaking of Yiddish….L’Shana Tov to all my Jewish friends. It is the Jewish New Year of 5774. That’s right. 5774 since we’ve been running around the planet.
I hit the halfway mark. The pepper has subsided considerably. The Nic profile is doing its thing and becoming bolder in the process. There should be a fruity element to the profile and nothing has appeared yet. Usually, it is raisin.
So, no…this is not an earth shaking new blend revelation. There are tons of good $5 Nicaraguan sticks with the exact same flavor profile. Mind you, this is an excellent example of that profile. But it is not unique. So we look at price, instead. Pick your favorite Nic sticks that have bold flavor profiles and pick the cheapest. This cigar would rate in my top 10 for making that decision.
The last third begins and flavors are presenting themselves in a most excellent way. I think Maya Angelou once said that.
In order of boldness: Creaminess, coffee, cocoa, sweetness, spice, citrus, wood, and leather. A bit of anise appears from nowhere. The flavors are chewy. The cigar is very well balanced. And has a nice long finish.
The last couple of inches finds this cigar intensifying in flavor. They have become outrageously bold. The body, which has stayed at medium for most of the cigar, finds itself going full bore and powerful. There is a hell of a nicotine kick. And as a result, my typing slows down and I begin making lots of typos. It’s not quite like taking acid back in 1970 in a friend’s cabin in Yucca Valley, CA….but its close. In another review, I should discuss how Yucca Valley became the site of the biggest UFO convention in the world back then. That was trippy.
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