La Libertad comes from Vilager Stokkebye. Never heard of them? Well until recently, neither have I. According to the website, Villiger Stokkebye International combines many generations of two families and more than 240 years of experience in the tobacconist’s art into one company. The Villiger family of Switzerland and the Stokkbeye family of Denmark have long been recognized as world-wide leaders in the cigar and pipe tobacco businesses, respectively.
I first became aware of this cigar when I heard about it over at Tiki Bar Online. I was instantly intrigued when I read that it had a binder and wrapper from Peru. You see, Peruvian tobacco is among my favorite. While it is impossible to describe the notes one gets from Peruvian tobacco this cigar is a perfect example of the flavor that comes from this type of tobacco.
The La Libertad is available in 3 sizes; short perfecto (5.25 x 54), Churchill (6.5 x 50) and the cigar for today, Robusto (5 x 50).
Cigar: La Libertad
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Peru (Habano Seed)
Binder: Peru (Nicaraguan Seed)
Filler: Dominican & Nicaragua
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Appearance and Construction: The wrapper of the La Liberatad isn’t the most pretty of specimens. It looks dry and feels dry, but it is durable. The roll of the cigar isn’t as clean as I would like to see on a premium cigars, but the cap is well places and is slightly flat like a Cuban. In the hand there is a nice hefty weight to this smoke and it is firm with no soft spots. The band utilized red, black and gold and states the brand, La Libertand which translates to Freedom. It could also be a reference to the Peru Movimiento Libertad which is a political party that was formed to battle the high inflation.
Flavor & Notes: The pre-light nose of the cigar might not please everyone, but the barnyard like notes and the hint of moss and dew are classic aromas of Peruvian tobacco. Once the cap is clipped the cold draw has more dew, moss and dry grass like notes. When the cigar was lit there some spice notes and a well defined pepper through the nose. The first third develops some wood, earth and a classic Peruvian taste. I wish I could describe it better, but it is a note that is specific to the tobacco. As we move into the 2nd third the Peruvian notes really took hold and I was a happy smoker. In the background there were some subtle caramel notes and a hint of nuts. The final third the Peruvian notes begin to fade and the cigar has a nice toasty taste to it with a touch of leather.
Smoking Characteristics: I mention in my last review how important aroma can be in a cigar, and this is no exception. The La Libertad smells incredible, I loved how it filled the room. The burn of the cigar was a bit off, but i never needed to touch it up and in the final inch of the smoke it was pretty perfect. The ash was firm and solid lasting for the first half of the cigar before becoming flaky and weak.
Conclusion: The flavor profile of this cigar is right in my wheelhouse, and it is a cigar I could smoke again and again especially considering the price. However, the cigar is most likely not for everyone. If you were ever curious about my passion for Peruvian tobacco though, check out this cigar.