Liga Privada Unico Series L40 Lancero – Cigar Review
Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the Nat Sherman event for the launch of the Liga Privada L40 lancero. The cigar which was launched at two locations, the first being Casa de Montecristo in Chicago, and the other was attended by over 50 guests in the Johnson Room at Nat Sherman. Prior to the event a great Q&A was set up by Michael Herklots in the executive meeting room prior to the party.
JD told of their humble beginnings in a kiosk in the World Trade Center back in 1996, his graduating law school in 1998, and moved to Nicaragua. JD also told of his early connection to Nat Sherman where he was a locker holder next to Sylvester Stallone. The Q&A quickly took on the feel of a monologue with Jonathan Drew bouncing all over the place. Jonathan gave credit to his ability to build a brand on the fact he was a retailer before a manufacturer. He was also a sales rep for Torano and Perdomo Cigars.
After talking about other brands such as Tatuaje and Padron, and talking about the great knowledge of Nestor Plasencia he finally got to the point and discussed the L40, must of which has been mentioned in the press release.
igar: Liga Privada L40 (LP – L40)
Size: 7 x 40 (Lancero)
Wrapper: Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Appearance and Construction: If you read my site on a regular basis you might remember I reviewed this cigar as a pre-release. However, I believe that cigar is different then the ones I smoked yesterday and today. For one there is no mention of Honduran tobacco in today’s cigar. The stalk cut Habano wrapper is toothy with a lot of little magnesium spots all over the wrapper along with some slight oils. The roll is of the cigar is flawless, and the foot is nicely bunched. Under close inspection there are no soft spots and a nice weight to the stick.
Flavor & Notes: To the nose the L40 is spicy with just a hint of chocolate notes. The cold draw of the cigar reminds me of asian spice with some earthy notes serving as the canvas. Once the cigar is lit, there is a subtle spice present that is accented by a wonderful aroma. As I progress into the first third of the cigar there are notes of coffee, and cedar fighting for attention with a continued spice and a hint of leather. In the second third the leather takes hold as the dominant note with some spice and coffee hanging on ever so faintly. In the last third of the cigar there sweetness took hold for a bit before reminding of a nice steak. The notes were meaty, leather and a touch of cedar.
Smoking Characteristics: Aroma, such an important part of the cigar that often goes overlooked. I didn’t notice this last night but as I was smoking my last cigar for the review the aroma while it started and finished off complimentary the middle of the cigar was not . The aroma reminded me of the smell of a blown out candle. It begin to wear on me after a while. I’ve made a note to smoke these cigars outside in the future. The burn of the cigar was ideal though and the ash held on about an inch at a time which is the normal for this vitola. The draw of the stick was iconic.
Conclusion: I like the Liga Privada L40, but it didn’t wow me. I expected more diversity and complexity in the cigar but yet I am drawn to it. I am not sure, why to be honest. It’s a good cigar, but a lancero should offer a bit more.