Sam Leccia /la-see-ah/ is a name that many of cigar aficionados are familiar with. Most people know Sam from his time at Oliva where he was the face of the Cain and Nub lines. Sam left Oliva in 2010 with a plan to launch his own cigars, but due to legal issues was unable to for two and a half years. Now Sam is back with the Black and White line of cigars which is being distributed by Torano. The Black is made in the Dominican Republic, and the White (which I am reviewing today) is made in Nicaragua. Both lines come in 4 sizes, 4 x 46, 5 x 52, 6 x 50, and 6 x 60. For today’s review I am smoking the 5 x 52 robusto size. The White is unique because it features a bit of tobacco from Pennsylvania which is Sam Leccia’s home state.
Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: African Sun Grown
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican, Pennsylvania
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Leccia Tobacco White Robusto features a single white band. In the center of the band is an L on a patterned white and black background, on the left side of that is Sam Leccia’s signature. On the right LECCIA TOBACCO is written and on the side within a vertical black box is written WHITE.
The wrapper of the Leccia Tobacco White Robusto is a fairly dark reddish brown with moderate veins and a nice rich oil. The construction appears to be excellent, the cap is very tight, the roll is fairly seamless, and there are no soft spots that I can detect.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Leccia Tobacco White Robusto has notes of sweet tobacco, cedar, and hay. The foot has the scent of light spices, grass, cedar, and a little bit of leather. To prepare smoking the Leccia Tobacco White Robusto I use a slight straight cut, and on the cold draw there are flavors of cedar, spice, hay, and a rich nuttiness.
Smoking Characteristics: The Leccia Tobacco White Robusto lights with a rich blend of pepper and spice, the first few puffs are a bit loose, and the body of smoke a little bit lacking. The draw tightens up a bit after the first few puffs, I’d still consider it a bit loose, but the body of smoke has become quite dense now. The first third is quite interesting to me. As I puff away, I’m noticing the pepper and spice fade, and a nice rich blend of coffee, toasted nuts, and a slightly sweet natural tobacco join the blend. What has me captivated is that it seems the second set of flavors is intensifying almost at the same rate that the spice and pepper is diminishing. The strength starts out on the higher end of the medium spectrum, with a light buzz setting in quickly.
Into the second third of the Leccia Tobacco White Robusto, a nice rich mineral sort of saltiness has started to join the blend, and the overall tone becomes much creamier than in the first third. The notes of coffee and toasted nuts remain, but the tobacco shifts to something a bit woody or peaty, and the pepper is now very faint. The draw remains a little loose for my preference, but the smoke production is very full. The ash holds firmly well past the inch point, but the burn has required one small correction so far. The strength in this third kicks up into the medium to full range.
During the final third of the Leccia Tobacco White Robusto, the pepper starts to return to the flavor profile. While the pepper has become more present, the creamy texture of the smoke has remained. The notes of coffee, rich mineral saltiness, toasted nuts, and peat all remain as well. The ash still holds to the inch point, but is a little bit flaky in this third. The burn hasn’t required any additional corrections and the strength stays right in the medium to full range. Towards the nub of the Leccia Tobacco White Robusto a bit of a spice starts to kick up as well, making the nub quite similar to the first few puffs except a much richer flavor. All the way to the nub the Leccia Tobacco White Robusto remains firm and cool.
Conclusion: I am constantly amazed at the ability that some people have to blend cigars. I often think that it has to be hard at this point to make something unique, but I’ve been proven wrong again. I was honestly a bit critical going into this smoke, especially when the first few puffs were airy and loose. Yet, the Leccia Tobacco White Robusto changed my mind very quickly. The flavor is wonderful, with a nice complexity, and quite bold. The strength has a nice kick to it, which might shy away a more novice smoker, but should appeal to someone a little more seasoned. Overall I have to say this cigar is certainly a box worthy stick.