One of the highlights of the IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans was when I first arrived. You see my hotel room wasn’t ready yet as I arrived about 4 hours before check-in time. So I headed over to a cigar bar on Canal Street to kill some time. I put out on twitter that I arrived in the city and within 20 minutes Sean Williams came over to give me some Primer Mundo cigars to smoke. I was simply blown away that he took time out of his busy day to bring me some smokes.
I had first met the man behind the brand in the fall of 2009 at Cigar Inn in New York City. Sean was in town trying to get his brand into some shops and let me tell you they deserve humidor space. If you ever see an event for these cigars in your neck of the woods stop by especially if Sean is there, because he is one of the nicest guys in the business.
The Liga Miami is made at the El Titan De Bronze factory in Miami where Willy Herrera factory owner worked with Sean Williams to create this new blend. How does the cigar rate? Well read on my friends!
Cigar: El Primer Mundo Liga Miami
Size: 6 x 52 (Toro)
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Sungrown
Binder: Nicaragua (Double Binder)
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Facebook: Primer Mundo
Official Site: http://www.primermundo.com/
Appearance and Construction: The Liga Miami has a nice looking Sungrown wrapper that has more then a few thin veins. The cigar is well rolled with a nice triple cap but the one thing that stuck out was there cut lines of the wrapper were crisp and clean. I guess in the grand scheme of these this doesn’t too much but in terms of aesthetics it trouble me some. The cigar had a nice weight it and the foot revealed some really nice bunching. There was a dual band system one of which was the Primer Mundo logo with the words Little Havana under it and a second denoting Little Havana.
Flavor & Notes: While a rating of a cigar is derived from the whole package it is the part of the cigar that is most important at the end of the day. I say this assuming the cigar has a good draw, and most premiums do. The pre-light of the smoke revealed some wood notes and a caramel. While the nose had a nice sweet to it as well. Lately it seems a lot of cigars I have been smoking have a nice sweetness to them and I find that to be enjoyable. Once the cigar was lit the first third served up some notes of wood and nuts with a slight sweetness looking to emerge. The nuts were different though as they reminded me of the roasted variety similar to the smelly of chestnuts roasting from a street vendor around the winter holidays. The second third the sweetness began to emerge and became a well defined caramel that coated the wood and nuts. The final third of this journey was all about the wood with some nuttiness and a mocha finish.
Smoking Characteristics: The cigar had an incredibly slow burn as the stick lasted me close to 2 hours. The darker colored ash held on extremely well with no flake at all. The cigar had a nice draw, but at times it felt like the tobacco was overly dense.
Conclusion: I’m always hesitant why I try a cigar that isn’t widely known for review. If the stick is a dog rocket then I feel bad writing about it. I don’t want to hurt a persons feelings and shatter their dreams (as if I had that power!). But every now and then I come across a gem like the Primer Mundo Liga Miami. While the cigar has some aesthetic issues they really don’t effect the over all experience and this was one for the ages and that makes me happy to write about. Especially when it comes to Sean Williams, a nice guy and a true brother of the leaf.
Disclaimer: I got some of the samples for review from Sean Williams and another via a trade.As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.