Vitola: Fino Largo (6x48)

Wrapper: USA Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Price: $8.55  

Overall description: Mi Querida (pronounced “me kay-ree-dah”) literally translates as “my dearest”, however it is a rather provocative word within Nicaragua used to expressly describe your secret mistress. While this may sound like an oxymoron, it is not. It is not uncommon in the culture for a man to have a mistress that is both known by and basically approved of by his wife, whereas the “Mi Querida” is the woman who neither his wife or mistress know about or would ever approve of. Cigar wise, it represents my personal maduro desires: a robust, extremely flavorful liga comprised of rich Nicaraguan leaf hand rolled in a 100% naturally fermented, heavy Broadleaf capa. Earthy and dense with a long teasing, slightly dirty finish, Mi Querida is delightfully lush and full bodied on the palate offering an extremely satisfying experience for the most passionate of cigar smokers.

Sticks

Sticks

 

1st Third:

  1. Leather
  2. Spicey
  3. Cedar

2nd Third

  1. Floral
  2. Leather
  3. Sweet Nutty

Final Third

  1. Leather
  2. Cocoa
  3. Creamy Spice

Total Time: 2 hr 10 mins

Overall:  My initial impression of this cigar is, the band leaves some to be desired but really the cigar is the star here.  Nice dark wrapper with some character to it. It lit very well and the initial draws are superb.  This reminds me a lot of the Liga lines and some of their characteristics.  This was a pretty complex cigar with lots of little changes and nuances that left me wanting more.  These will be in my regular rotation.

  • Leather 100%
  • Spice 66%
  • Floral 33%
  • Sweet Nut 33%
Bear

Bear

 

1st Third:

  1. Black Pepper
  2. Sweet Cedar
  3. Leather

2nd Third

  1. Sweet Molasses
  2. Earth
  3. Cocoa

Final Third

  1. Leather
  2. Earth
  3. Dark Chocolate

Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins

Overall:  Medium strength/full flavor. The core is old school Liga #9: not surprising given who is putting this cigar out. Very well balanced. The initial gritty broadleaf and black pepper spice transition into sweet, smooth, creamy, nutty, earthy layered complexity coming into the second third. Excellent construction and burn. If you like Liga, but not the price point…this is your new love without a doubt. Box worthy for sure.

  • Earth 66%
  • Leather 66%
  • Cedar 66%
  • Cocoa 33%
  • Animal 100%
  • Roasted 66%
  • Spice 50%
  • Wood 50%
  • Earth 33%
  • Vegetal 33%
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