Nica Libre Principe – First Impressions

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Nica Libre Principe – First Impressions

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Welcome to another of my first impressions videos where i give you the low down on a cigar that I have not smoked any more than three of.

This week it is the Nica Libre Principe cigar available from CI.

This cigar is available in five sizes and at prices under $3 a stick.

This Nica Libre Principe starts off with a little bit of a hay taste with a background of chocolate. Some of the chocolate is sweet and some is bittersweet. I will mention the draw is very open and the cigar seems to get warm a good ways from the burn line. I am hoping this does not develop into a bitter taste later on.

Towards the end the bitterness did come in to play a little bit but not as much as you would think due to the cigar heating up. I may have to take the blame for this as the cigar did seem to smoke very fast so I should have slowed down.

Most prominent taste was the chocolate that seemed to change between the sweet and bittersweet the whole time. This may be due to the heat in the cigar also.

All in all it was a decent smoke. I do not know if I would go so far as to compare it to a Padron or not, since i have not had man Padron cigars but it was a nice smoke for the medium to full crowd.

I could see keeping some of these on hand for times I want a stronger smoke with a pleasant flavor at a low cost.


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13 thoughts on “Nica Libre Principe – First Impressions

  1. Yes, a very loose draw so you do need to take your time with these or they will get warm. Not bad…not Padron but decent for the price point, as you said. Nice flavor, no complexity. I keep a few around. Thanks for the review.

  2. Nice smoke for the price. Construction can be a little goofy (I had one that was cut at a slant at the foot with a really crooked cap), but the Padrons can be pretty homely, too. Since they’re a CI exclusive, I just get them on CigarBid. After trying the Principes, I went to the next size up, and they seem to smoke a little slower and cooler.

  3. A pretty good cigar for the money. I really like the flavor profile and for the price, you can hardly find a cigar in that price range.I like to keep a few on hand and I think that aging these for about a year will produce one heck of a great smoke.

  4. I agree with Sticks. It’s a good smoke at a good price. Obviously not a Padron, but still a pleasing smoke. The Principe size if the best in the line. Thanks for the review!!!

    1. Danny,

      Do you prefer the Principes because the size produces a better concentration of flavors? I’ve only had those and the Exclusivos, and was thinking about trying out the torpedos.

  5. Not bad sticks. No where near comparable to any Padron but a solid little cigar nonetheless. I like the box-press and quick-smokeability of these. As noted smoke em slow and they will treat you right. Smoke em quick and your palate will get a little charred. I get more of a dryer flavor profile out of these with coffee more than anything. Can be a little harsh at times. Good for the price on cbid. Box for $28. Probably not a recurring purchase for me though… Great Review! Thanks!

  6. I’ve smoked one and I enjoyed the flavor profile. Definitely worth buying a 5-pack. Not a bad smoke at all.

  7. I have smoked a few, from samplers, and i think they are good to go. I especial like the chocolate tones. Agree the construction is a little quirky at times, but for the price point it is a great cigar.

  8. Have heard about these recently, seems to be getting pretty good reviews for a $3 stick…maybe worth a try 🙂
    Thanks for the review !!

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