The second cigar in the La Barba portfolio is a stunner. Produced by Tony Bellatto and Craig Rossi in the Dominican Republic at Tabaclera William Ventura. The wrapper has a nice creamy brown color with distinguished leaf lines. I get a soft pepper from the wrapper. Cold draw has some earthy and tobacco notes that are smooth.
Brand: La Barba Cigars
Binder: Habano Criollo
Filler: Ligero Corojo
Strength: Medium – Full
Size: Robusto 5.0 x 50
Have you heard of Boutique cigar brand La Barba? How about their other venture, Wynwood Cigars? maybe not, but you damn well should learn about them both. From the minds of Craig Rossi and Tony Bellatto comes a unique boutique cigar that is full of character. I may be a bit biased because I am a Ohio native which both hail from the great state. But state pride aside, this cigar holds its own in any cigar shop out there. You will be immediately drawn to this cigar to its amazing artwork on the band. A hand drawn straight razor blade with a gorgeous design framing it in red and white. The wrapper has a light sweet smell to it making that much more desirable. Wrapper is a light brown that has a slight sheen to it. In the cold draw get some floral notes paired with pepper.
First puffs– Right away I get a cayenne pepper spice paired with a cedar wood flavor. The draw is very good to start producing a nice thick smoke.
First third– There is a little pepper hanging in there, but the flavors are shifting more toward the earthy and cedar wood notes. During this first third I get an amazingly creamy vanilla that just elevates this cigars flavors. The draw if fantastic now, smoking very nice and smooth. The burn is near perfect along with a nice medium grey ash with spotting.
Second third– Still very creamy and smooth, with a near perfect burn line. Flavors remain mostly the same with pepper weaving in an out in strength. I do get more cedar in this second half of the cigar however.
Final third– I start to taste some of that floral note that I had in the cold draw. The creamy vanilla is all but gut and has been replaced with stronger pepper, cedar, and earth notes. Still a remarkably fantastic burn and draw, producing a fair amount of smoke.
Overall I would say this is a fantastic cigar that will most likely get looked over by the general cigar consumer. I would highly recommend this to mostly all smokers out there. If you see this in your local B&M you should pick it up and smoke a few. This is the beauty of a boutique brand, they take risks and are often the best cigars out there due to the fact that they try something new. Don’t overlook these when you pick out your next stogie at your local shop.
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