Wrapper : San Andres
Binder : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Pennsylvania Ligero, Honduran Ligero, Nicaraguan and Ometepe
Source : Bought at Tobacco Company in Lemoyne
Welcome to a normal review this week of the Luchador by Sam Leccia. This cigar is available in five sizes, El Hombre (5×54), El Castigo (6×60), El Guapo (6×50) and Loco Perfecto (6×58). MSRP looks to be $8.10 to $8.60 a stick which should fall right in the sweet spot for many people.
If you were like me and had no idea what Luchador meant, it is Mexican wrestlers that wear masks and use speed and agility rather than brute force. I have never really followed wrestling but the band is cool looking.
Starting out with the Luchador with the wrapper having a slight barnyard with a tinge of spice while the cold draw has a bittersweet chocolate to it.
Did I say I like the band? It is sweet looking with the color combination and the mask.
V-cut, torch and lets go.
Dull spice that opens up on the retrohale to start the Luchador is about all up front. Has an in your face opening to it, especially through the sinus’. Calms down a little within the first inch. Starts pouring on the bittersweet chocolate with a sharp spice and dull woody flavor. Out of all I have smoked so far this one has the most muted flavors. Of course since it is the one I am putting on camera. Medium body at this point.
At the halfway point of this Luchador and it is staying about the same flavor profile but with a little more dull wood than chocolate. A little disappointed in this one but the others were a notch above so I was due for one like this I guess. Continuing into the last third and the cigar has slowed down burning considerably. Chocolate is coming back to the front and is tasting more like the previous ones I have smoked. Not a lot of flavor changes but a steady cigar. Ramping into the full territory just a little into the second half.
At the end of the Luchador with the spice mellowing out a lot and the chocolate coming on strong. I don’t know what it was in the first half that made it meh but the second half more than made up for it. None of the others I smoked had the first half like this one so I am chalking it up to the cigar being camera shy.
Would I buy it again? Yes. They do get a bit strong for me but go nicely after dinner. I think Sam hit a home run with this cigar and I can’t wait to smoke different sizes especially the perfecto, if I can find it locally.