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“I'm a Padron Fan, These AREN"T for me! Light in the hand, soft and spongy, they burn hot and fast. Flavor is minimal. this might be an acceptable $1 cigar, but save your money for a better deal.
“The new packaging looks nice, although a bit reserved for a cigar that is anything but ordinary! At the end of the day, you will be buying this cigar because it is truly an amazing cigar regardless of price. I'm on my second box and I'm so impressed with the overall quality of this cigar! The draw, burn and flavor are "world class"! I believe this is one of the best cigars in the world, regardless of price! As a cigar smoker for over 20 years, I find this cigar a treat every time I light one up. Hints of coco and nuts coat the pallet; billows of smoke enhance the flavor and overall experience of this virtual candy bar! After my first box, I found myself craving more. Do not hesitate buying these...they are tasty treats that deliver on every level.”
“It pains me to see the rhetoric about Padron vs Nica Libre rearing its ugly head so soon. There will be much fan mail forthcoming, mostly total praise for AJ Fernandez's master stroke of genius. But some will play the Padron card, as we have already seen. I'm a big Padron fan myself, yet logic dictates that when faced with a choice of buying one excellent Padron cigar or Five delicious Nica Libres, .....well, you know which I choose. Now, on to the business at hand, praising Nica Libre for the tremendous pedigree & unprecedented value this blend represents. For two bones & change, you can lay hands on the finest Box Pressed Maduro Robusto available this side of Padron. Loaded with medium bodied flavor & the distinct smoothness AJ Fernandez blends are famous for. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, anise & expresso boldly flow from the luxurious billows of smoke Nica Libre emits. Complex, bold, yet civilized. Construction is very good, consistent, yielding a 40 minute experience. It is true that these are not overstuffed, but don't mistake that for slipshod workmanship. It is part of the plan & it works perfectly. All things considered, my favorite Maduro cigar. Highly recommended & highly rated. 92/100”
“many times when I are researching a cigar to possibly buy, I look to see if BB of Loveland, OH has reviewed it. He and I have very similiar taste in cigars, and I have found his reviews to be very useful. Now let me say that these Nica Libres are a very good cigar at any price, but when I can get them cheap, it's a fantastic value. On a previous order, at the end I had a chance to buy a ten pack of the Toro size for only 17.50. lI had smoked a few of these in sampler packs and really liked them, and now love them at only 1.75 apiece in the Toro size. I love box pressed versions of cigars, and everything about this cigar is top shelf. I just came inside from spending an enjoyable hour with one of these Toro sized Nica Libre. I would have ordered more of them on my latest order, but I simply don't have room in my humidors right now, maybe next month. These are cigars I really want to keep in my personal stock. It's medium bodied in my opinion with plenty of flavor. I am not one to be able to pick out all the little aspects of a cigar, I just know what I like when I put the lighter to the cigar. Thank you CI for having this great cigar at a fantastic price. I will definitely be buying more of them.”
“I'm a Padron fan also and, I feel, the Nica Libre does offer some of the flavors of the Padron 1964. The updated product look doesn't matter to me because the blend is the same. Consistent, flavorful and easy on the wallet.”
“Let me start out by saying that I love Padron cigars. Having said that, the Nica Libre is my favorite Maduro and also my go to cigar. The thick creamy smoke and the effortless draw and complex flavors and of course price is why I choose this fine cigar!”
“Nica Libre is a very well thought out cigar. Highly recommended to anyone seeking an everyday cigar at a great price!”
“Great smoke, excellent burn and taste. One of those I keep in the humidor for that occasional break for a different smoke.”
“Taste was o.k. but they burned unevenly.”
“Great consistent smoke! I enjoyed this baby while fishing in Canada and I must say it was one of the best smokes I have had in a while. The draw and taste was great throughout and the only reason I stopped smoking it was due to smoking it all the way down to my fingers. It never got hot, the burn was even and it was delight to enjoy!”
“Nice cigar. I had my first one this evening with a beer and I smoked it to the nub. I like the taste and also the billowing smoke with each puff. Good taste. I will buy some more as soon as I have room in my 3 humidors. Overall, you can't really compare it to an expensive Padron, but hey - it's a good "fix" and got the job done. I have no complaints.”
“A fantastic stick to smoke at a great price. Has a nice pepper taste to it. Highly recommend to all.”
“Surprisingly a good morning cigar, stands up to & balances Nescafe Clasico black well. A good price. Buy!”
“I am new to cigars and have only tried a few maduros, I have to say this one is my favorite. Someone compared it to a candy bar, and I have to agree. Really does seem chocolaty and creamy, but also a hint of coffee. Got one in a sample pack and loved it. The next week ordered a 5 pack. Hoping a box of these show up for my birthday or maybe under the xmas tree.”
“I adore good, inexpensive cigars. There aren't that many around. But I have found several that are a regular part of my rotation. Nica Libre is one of them & stands as the best sub $3.00 medium bodied maduro, in my estimation. It's consistent, loaded with flavor & rivals sticks costing twice as much or more. This proud blend from the genius of AJ Fernandez joins Sancho Panza, the Connecticut mild bodied winner, the incomparable Diesel, the full bodied maduro champ, Estd. 1844, another medium maduro & Diesel Hair of the Dog as the full bodied Habano topper. Abel certainly has left his mark on this short list of affordable, delicious vitolas. Try Nica Libre & all the above mentioned blends & see why I consider them all to be treasures in the world of good stogies.”