"Overall, this was an excellent cigar. It started off a little rough, but the rough patch only lasted for just a moment. Shortly after a few draws, everything transitioned into a much smoother and more flavorful cigar, so don’t let the first few puffs fool you. It does have a little nicotine punch, so maybe not for someone too sensitive to nicotine. The dominating flavors of Coco, baking spice, and cedar along with the leather kicking in towards the end, made for an overall enjoyable experience. I did find that although the smoke was smooth during the second and final third, it did dry out my mouth a little bit, so you would want to have something on hand to drink while smoking this cigar. I would definitely recommend this to individuals with a more robust pallet and would definitely smoke this again. " -Angel M. (Angel)
"This cigar is a grower not a shower. Don’t let the sub optimal appearance deceive you, there’s interesting flavors here that develop over the course of 75 minutes. Even the cracking of the wrapper in the final third didn’t take away from smoking experience. All I ask is that a cigar doesn’t bore me and this stogie isn’t boring by a long shot. The lesson - don’t judge a book by its cover folks." -Matt Cade (CADE)
"Over all, a pleasant smoke with a good spice that hit the roof of your mouth and back of the throat, a good solid dark grey ash, plenty of smoke, very enjoyable after a day of dealing with sub zero temperatures and frozen pipes, it was warming indeed. Overall, a fine experience to cap off the day." -Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)
Today, Villiger Cigars showed off a new look for their La Libertad line. The new band will prominently feature the Villiger handmade premium cigar logo where it originally only had “La Libertad”.
The name comes from an old Cuban factory named “La Meridiana”. It was owned by Pedro Murias, and was once one of the largest and cigar factories in Havana at the end of the 19th century. During the Cuban civil war Murias sold La Meridiana due to unrest in Cuba.
"Just in terms of flavor this was actually a very good cigar. The smoke output was creamy, the draw was nice if I held it just right, and it burned well even with an almost destroyed wrapper. The size was very large though and with the lack of profile changes did make it a bit one dimensional." -Alan (Eulogy)
Villiger Cigars has announced they are bringing “Villiger do Brasil” to TPE 2020 later this month. Villiger do Brasil is a Brazilian puro which is offered in two blends, Claro and Maduro. It was made to celebrate Villiger’s history with Brazilian tobacco as well as showcase Villiger’s new factory in Bahia, Brazil also named “Villiger do Brasil."
Today, Villiger announced a line extensions to their Villiger Cuellar series, which currently includes the Connecticut Krēmē. This new extension is called Cuellar Black Forest. Villiger Cuellar Black Forest is made in the Dominican Republic. The blend uses a dark maduro wrapper inspired by the real Black Forest in southern Germany, near to the border of Switzerland where the Villiger headquarters is located. The rest of the blend uses Dominican binder and fillers. Henrich Villiger and Villiger Cuellar Black Forest is described as a medium to full-bodied, full-flavored cigar. It is rolled at Tabacalera La Palma in the Dominican Republic and blended by Master Blender Jochy Blanco. The packaging of the Villiger Cuellar Black Forest resembles the aura of the Black Forest.
Today, Villiger Cigars announced a new size for their La Flor de Ynclan, a toro. La Flor de Ynclan has been around since 2017 and has seen one other vitola added since it's launch, a lancero in 2018.
In addition to the Lancero announced earlier this month, Villiger will be bringing a 6x60 version of the La Vencedora to the IPCPR trade show later this week. The La Vencedora was released earlier this year to celebrate the company's 130 year Anniversary. Emmett did a quick review on it here and gave it a 91.