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Nica Libre 1990 Imperial Cigar Review

Nica Libre cigars are a great, everyday value crafted by hand in Nicaragua and comes in a box-pressed format, creating a rich and elegant experience at a pauper’s price.

Fans of Padron should enjoy this cigar since it encapsulates the same flavors without the high price point, so it works as a great alternative to Padron. We enjoy this blend around the office as an everyday go-to cigar since its rich, smooth, flavorful, well constructed and maintains an enjoyable aroma.

Rolled with a dark, oily San Andres maduro wrapper (almost identical to the wrapper used on Padron’s Anniversary Maduro), Nica Libre contains a balanced blend of Nicaraguan long leaf tobaccos all secured by a toothy Habano binder. You’ll experience toasty nuances of earth and cedar with sweet notes in the finish and some natural flavors of espresso and coffee. The finish is hearty and memorable while the draw is effortless. This medium-bodied blend will far from disappoint any maduro fan searching for a premium cigar at a bargain price.

 Cigar Brand: Nica Libre 1990 Imperial
Nica Libre Imperial
 Origin: Nicaragua  Wrapper: San Andres Maduro
 Binder: Nicaragua
 Filler: Nicaragua
 Body: Medium-Full  Price: ~$6.50
 Length/Ring Gauge: 6.0 x 54  Smoke Time: 53 min
 More info about purchasing: Nica Libre Cigars
 Overall Appearance and Presentation of Cigar
 Points (Max 20): 18  Grade: Rating: ★★★★☆
 Wrapper Color: Maduro  Consistent Color? Yes
 Oily/Dry: Oily  Veiny/Smooth? Smooth – zero imperfections
 Cap Construction: Excellent  Packaging: Very Good
 Ease of Cutting: Perfect  Construction: Firm
 Lighting and Burning Properties
 Points (Max 15): 14  Grade: Rating: ★★★★½
 Even Initial Light? Yes  Even Burn? Initial? Very Good
 Even Burn? 50%? Very Good  Even Burn? 75%? Very Good
 Ash: Solid and white  Burn Rate: Perfect
 Resting Smoke: Light and even
 Require Re-Lighting? No
 Points (Max 30): 26  Grade: Rating: ★★★★☆
Initial Draw: Very Good 50% Very Good 75% Very Good
 Wrapper Stays Intact? Yes
 Points (Max 35): 30  Grade: Rating: ★★★★☆
 Light, Medium, Full-Bodied? Medium
 Bitter/Harsh/Smooth? Smooth
 Sweet/Salty? N/A
 Bland/Vegetal/Spicy/Peppery? Spicy and peppery
 Describe any changes in body or flavor:Â Â Goes from med-full to medium in second third of cigar.
 Aroma: Pleasant  Finish: Very Good

Comments: Wonderful cigar with an attractive price point. The spicy/peppery aftertaste lingers on the palate until your next puff. The ash is solid and holds firm. Would definitely smoke again.

 Total Score (Max 100): 88  Grade: Rating: ★★★★☆


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