Nica Libre is the real deal. A flavor-packed, quality handmade with an exceedingly reasonable price per stick. Its chocolate brown San Andreas Maduro wrapper is thick and toothy, laid overtop a generously packed long-filler combination of hearty Nicaraguan black tobaccos. After rolling, the whole package is delicately finished in a soft Spanish box-press that aids in coaxing out all of Nica Libre’s hearty richness. Like clutching a late night, post-six-pack grilled stuffed burrito, Nica Libre simply feels great in the hand, primed for flavory goodness.
In fact, pre-light you can almost taste Nica Libre’s goodness. The wrapper has a saliva-inducing appearance and emits a deeply fragrant aroma. As it burns it dishes out a full array of rich, meaty flavors. Noticeably toasty with an undercurrent of coffee notes, nuttiness and leather capped off by a long, somewhat peppery finish. Nica Libre is medium-bodied all the way through and delicious every inch of the way. Flavor profile aside, the construction here is also noteworthy – densely packed, with a crisp, slow burn and an ideal draw. An all around winner, head to foot, snip to nub.
Not overly complex, it's solid, satisfying and well-balanced, bringing a flavorful everyday option to the table. To me many cigars in the $2.50 - $3 price range tend to be either mild and tasteless, or harsh and poorly made. Nica Libre is, refreshingly, a welcome breath of fresh air in the world of fuller-flavored, tasty everyday handmades at a terrific price.