This blend has been around a while, since 2011, but is new to me. So you say to yourself, “That Katman…has his head up his ass once more. I’ve smoked a gazillion of these and he is just now getting around to them.”
I’ve had these sticks in my humidor for 4-5 weeks. I tried one a week after I got it and it was not close to being ready. Then, last night, after a day of chain smoking, I lit one up and was excited that after charring my palate to a crisp, here was this great tasting stick. Time to do the review.
The Primer Mundo reached out to the infamous Willy Herrera to blend this cigar.
From Primer Mundo web site:
“Hand rolled on Calle Ocho in the heart of Little Havana in Miami this beautiful, full body cigar is a true rarity. With very small production the Liga Miami is rolled in the traditional Cuban Entubado method and is complete with a double binder and true triple cap. The blend of savory, complex tobacco from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic includes three Ligero leaves and is wrapped in a beautiful Sun Grown wrapper from Ecuador.”
“Earning its name from its birthplace in Little Havana, Miami, El Primer Mundo Liga Miami is a full-bodied beauty of a cigar. These robust stogies boast notes of cedar, nuts, caramel, and red pepper, thanks to their Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper leaves and ligero-heavy interior blend from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Liga Miami is rolled using the Entubado method, which, while more time consuming, is the best way to ensure that a cigar burns and draws flawlessly. Try Liga Miami and find out why El Primer Mundo is one of today’s most sought-out boutique brands.”
The stick comes in three sizes: 5 x 50, 6 x 52, and 7 x 49.
Look up rustic and there is a photo of this cigar. It is bumpy and lumpy. Like me. Full of big veins. So-so seams. A pretty good triple cap. And boy is it heavy. It feels like a lead weight so there was no skimping of tobacco. The Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper is the same color as all ESG wrappers: Light brown with a bit of oiliness and only slightly toothy here and there.
I clip the cap and find aromas of strong cedar, very strong spice, and notes of leather.
Time to light up.
The draw is tight. So I gently roll the cigar in my palm. I have lots of practice doing this. Ahem. It opens the draw sufficiently.
Nutty as well. The earthiness leads the pack at this early juncture. I should add that the char line is dead nuts on the money.
And all of a sudden, flavors begin to pile on top of each other like a rugby match.
Here they are: Caramel, sweetness, creaminess, earthiness, ginger, black cherry, wood, leather, and brown sugar.
The cigar hit flavor bomb status at the 1” mark.
Let’s discuss price point. Or, rather, let me tell you what I think. This is an expensive cigar in my book. Almost $10. I only found this cigar at two online stores: BestCigarPrices.com and Famous. BCP’s prices were better. But they only sell the cigar in one size and in a 5 pack. While Famous sells the whole line in boxes, 5 packs and singles.
So, I’m not really sure what’s going on. Probably primarily sold at B & M’s.
The second third begins. No change to the flavor profile except for the strength increasing.
This is a very good cigar…but $10? Somewhere in the $7 range is where it belongs. And yes I know that boutique brands have larger expenses than the corporate giants but there is nothing in this cigar’s profile that tells me it is worth $10.
I checked the Primer Mundo web site and they have their cigars placed all over the country in B & M’s. So this is their primary source of sales. Which means that when you add the state taxes into it, add the OH & P, this stick will probably be much more than $10 depending on where you live.
As I near the halfway point, the flavors are just fantastic. But if you check my Katman list of good boutique brands and blends, you will see there are almost 100 blends that are terrific for much less than $10. Some even skirting the $6 range.
No doubt about it. This is a fine cigar but I just can’t get past the price point.
I must thank Jason Harding and BestCigarPrices.com for the cigars. And I am terribly sorry for dissing you, indirectly, for the price of these cigars.
I’m dead center at the halfway point and the cigar is absolutely delicious. No changes to the flavor profile in either elements or order of flavors. But the flavors become more intense with each puff.
The stick is a candy bar.
Cocoa shows itself to complete the candy bar imagery. How odd that it would wait this long to show itself.
The flavor profile is transitioning to a higher level. Clearly, the last half is the sweet spot. And after the 4-5 weeks in my humidor, I have to assume that this is how it was blended.
But be warned. Should you purchase these cigars, do not touch them for at least a month. $10 is a lot to throw away.
The construction of the cigar has been magnificent. Perfect burn line. Good behavior of the cap. And not a single wrapper issue.
The cigar surpasses flavor bomb status. It is in another universe now. It is perfectly balanced. Extremely complex with a very long chewy finish. Almost syrupy.
I am now so impressed with the cigar that I begin to see where the money was spent: Patience by the blender.
The cigar finishes out without a hint of harshness or heat. No nicotine despite the strength being medium/full bodied. And it is one of the most flavorful cigars I’ve smoked in a while.
This is a big treat to give yourself. I have to admit that I’d be happier if the cigar was $3 less. But it is hard to argue with the price point when the cigar comes from a boutique brand. We don’t know their costs in making such a fine cigar. And they know that a double digit price tag will scare away a lot of people. So it is what it is.
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