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Cuba Libre

Description

A scrumptious blend from Nestor Plasencia.

Cuba Libre is a positively delicious Honduran premium layered with robust yet balanced flavors. Its toothy Cuban-seed Corojo wrapper conceals a feisty recipe of Cuban-seed, long-leaf tobaccos grown in the fertile soils of the Jalapa Valley. After 8 months in Nestor Plasencia’s aging rooms, this flavorful mixture exudes a hearty core of earth and leather with a toasty influence. Each vitola pumps out voluminous, soft clouds of voluptuous, silky flavor that linger pleasingly on the palate before dissolving into a peppery-sweet finish with pronounced notes of pleasant spice through the nose.

Buttery smooth and perfectly balanced, it’s medium in strength but a few clicks shy of full-bodied. I love this cigar. Not to get too far over the top, but Cuba Libre offers the ideal juxtaposition of disarmingly lush, intense flavors with classical, finely-tuned structure.

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Profile
Shape
Churchill
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Chairman (Churchill) (7.0"x52)
Box of 20
In Stock
$120.00
| save $40.01 33% off
$79.99
Profile
Shape
Churchill
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Churchill
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Chairman (Churchill) (7.0"x52)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$24.00
Profile
Shape
Churchill
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Corona
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Club Corona (5.5"x44)
Box of 20
In Stock
$90.00
| save $30.01 33% off
$59.99
Profile
Shape
Corona
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Corona
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Club Corona (5.5"x44)
Pack of 5
Only 3 Left
$18.00
Profile
Shape
Corona
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Epicure (Toro) (6.0"x50)
Box of 20
In Stock
$110.00
| save $35.01 32% off
$74.99
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Epicure (Toro) (6.0"x50)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$22.50
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Magnum (Robusto) (5.5"x55)
Box of 20
In Stock
$100.00
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$69.99
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Magnum (Robusto) (5.5"x55)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$21.00
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Gordo
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
The Brute (Gordo) (4.5"x60)
Pack of 20
In Stock
$120.00
| save $60.01 50% off
$59.99
Profile
Shape
Gordo
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Gordo
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
The Brute (Gordo) (4.5"x60)
Pack of 5
Only 5 Left
$21.00
Profile
Shape
Gordo
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Torpedo
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Unico (torpedo) (6.2"x54)
Box of 20
In Stock
$120.00
| save $40.01 33% off
$79.99
Profile
Shape
Torpedo
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Torpedo
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
Unico (torpedo) (6.2"x54)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$24.00
Profile
Shape
Torpedo
Wrapper
Corojo
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
True
Has Tip
No
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Honduran
Sweet
False
overall rating 4.53 out of 5 Based on 298 Ratings
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Very smooth and made very solid
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Very nice smoking cigar and burn thru.
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Well built. Great cigar for the price.
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Great cigar!
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5 out of 5
It is a great every day smoke. I love how smooth it is. It is my go to when I want something in the middle.
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Steve R

Cuba Libre

Steve R

Rarely do I have a chance to sit down and truly enjoy a cigar. As a member of the CI Merch Squad, I am constantly testing samples for potential blends, writing descriptions for new brands, or providing feedback for upcoming new releases. Yes, I enjoy many of these cigars and some are true gems, but having the freedom to dig deep into my humidor to find something I’ve been craving is rare at times.

Sunday was one of those rare occasions. I spent the better part of my day painting doors while listening to Peyton Manning graciously give Mark Sanchez a mere glimpse of an AFC title before ripping it away from him like the true, cold-blooded champion and football technician he is. After Peyton marched his team down for their last touchdown, I headed to the humidor for a quick cigar before Brett Favre took the field. To save time, I chose the cigar to be during halftime: Cuba Libre.

Cuba Libre is one of those cigars that cigar purist love. Traditional and simple, yet attractive packaging. No bells, no whistles....it’s all class. The same goes for the blend. This cigar does not contain 12-generation Cuban seeds grown in the virgin soils of a tiny Honduran valley bordering Nicaragua. Cuba Libre does, however utilize quality Cuban-seed tobaccos from the Jalapa Valley of Honduras inside a toothy Corojo wrapper. An expertly blended recipe of hand-selected tobaccos chosen to achieve a satisfying balance in flavor and strength. No promises that cannot be kept, just a good Honduran handmade for the cigar purist to enjoy.

This particular Cuba Libre has been aging in my humidor for some time now – probably a year - so consider this when reading my review. I will say, Cuba Libre is great off the rolling table, issuing a raw, earthy profile replete with heady spices and a feisty Cuban-esque character. However, as you know....not every cigar ages well, and the power of a full-flavored cigar can easily be lost after spending a significant amount of time in the humidor.

The first light offered a ton of earth and leather, followed by a toasty, charcoal-like aroma. Lots of flavor off the bat, just like I expected. However, it’s not until I broke the half-inch mark when the true character of this cigar came out. I picked up a solid dose of oak and toast, with some notes of pepper hitting the back of my palate and through the nose. Not scratchy, ‘this is harsh’ pepper....rather, a ‘freshly cracked black pepper’ pepper. The smoke was creamy and heavy, filling my entire palate and leaving behind a long, woodsy aftertaste. Midway through it became clear that Cuba Libre still possessed the same power one would notice right off the factory floor. And thanks to the tamed-by-time bouquet, the gradual increase in power is easily discernable – and actually quite enjoyable. The final third contains no pepper on the palate (exhale through the nose, it’s still there) but offers an increased array of earth, leather, and toast. Then, rather than ending will a full-bodied, full-flavored display, the flavors wind down a tad, becoming mellow in nature only to dish out large volumes of creamy, soothing smoke without losing the power it’s known for.

Cuba Libre offers no frills and requires no marketing. It’s just a solid, no-nonsense cigar that customers re-order after sampling just a few. It’s one of those, ‘the proof is in the pudding’ handmades that customers constantly recommend to others in the deepest corners of our Super-Store....as if they want to save them all for themselves. (Don’t worry folks, they’ll make more.) And now that I took the time to sit back and enjoy a finely aged Cuba Libre I can honestly say, it’s even better after a long cedar nap.

Keith

Cuba Libre

Keith

When I received the samples of Cuba Libre, I admit to having experienced a little "approach-avoidance" at first. See, the "approach" part was that it looked fantastic, with a lovely, deep, medium-brown Cuban-seed Corojo wrapper that’s almost leathery in texture, and adorned with a simple, elegant, embossed band. Yet the "avoidance" part stems from the fact that this is yet another premium blend from Nestor Plasencia. I’ve been burning through tons of Nestor-made cigars recently and frankly, I feared a let-down….a perceived chink in the Nestor armor if you will. So the samples sat in my office for about a week staring at me before I finally pulled the trigger and lit it up.

I smoked 5 of them very cautiously before confidently declaring to myself: "Self: this is the best new cigar I've smoked in months!" Indeed, Cuba Libre starts out with a tremendous depth of flavor, including rich spiciness, plus complex notes of wood, spice and earth….delivered in spades. The thick gray clouds of smoke settle over the palate like a coat of fresh, light snow. From there, a veritable roller coaster ride ensues: initially it burns slow and true, developing a slight sweetness and very subtle vanilla taste, then evolves into a round, mature and mellow smoke, before offering a thick, chewy profile and slow, ultra-smooth, lingering finish that is very appealing. Cuba Libre is medium to full-bodied in strength but extraordinarily well-balanced. In short, this is a blend I could smoke all day long... one of the finest smokes, dollar for dollar, I’ve had in a while.

Gonz

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