The Nica Libre Silver 25th Anniversary was released to celebrate the independence of Nicaragua 25 years ago. Our sample is a box-pressed torpedo with a good draw after cutting and a chocolate smell to the wrapper. Once lit up, we tasted rich leather with some chocolate and spice. The flavor transitions to charred oak and lots of pepper as it progresses. This cigar is super strong! Be ready for a nicotine kick. Overall, this was a very tasty cigar with fun flavor transitions. It’s a good value and really stands out against the competition. We recommend it!
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
StraightUpCigars: Nice looking box-pressed torp. Nice draw after shallow cut.
IamDarren: Mine has a nice box press with a smooth wrapper. Picking up a chocolatey aroma from the wrapper.
IamDarren: medium draw after a shallow cut. Earthy with a hint of spice and chocolate on the cold draw.
IamDarren: looks like this is the only vitola available for this blend and it retails for 6 bucks.
Terry1: I like the box pressed torpedo shape. Got a good draw with earth and chocolate. Ready to light up.
IamDarren: ok, lets get this puppy lit up
IamDarren: Very earthy up front with more of that spice and chocolate i got from the cold draw. Nice flavors up front.
StraightUpCigars: Getting a rich, leathery smoke with a chocolate sweetness and lots of pepper and spice on the finish.
Terry1: I’m getting the same thing, rich leathery smoke, pepper and spices and a pleasant underlying sweetness. Good start.
StraightUpCigars: Great draw on this, love the vitola
IamDarren: mine is swelling near the foot a little but draw is good and burn isn’t too wonky. Flavors are rich but smooth and just enough sweetness to balance it out. Really like it so far.
StraightUpCigars: Me too, love the way it’s starting out.
IamDarren: gotta wonder how AJ decided on the band. Here is the new Nica Libre band, what do you think of it? Hmmmm, isn’t quite right yet (proceeds to tear it in half) There we go!
Terry1: Good one.
IamDarren: just dropped a 1/2 inch ash in the tray, watch out.
IamDarren: im not getting much pepper. The chocolate and spice are mixing very well at this point.
Terry1: Pepper on mine has faded. More earthiness and a mild sweetness. Burn is getting uneven. Might just be the box press.
IamDarren: that Rage was a box press, maybe he is just on a box press kick right now.
StraightUpCigars: Fine with me if everyone start doing them.
IamDarren: i love the mouth feel but they just have to nail down the burn. Mine is also burning about 1/4 inch off on one side.
IamDarren: going into the second third, starting to pick up a little oak char on the finish.
IamDarren: huh, its starting to get a little hazy and the wind just picked up. Yea for spring weather….
StraightUpCigars: Lol, don’t like the weather in the midwest… wait 5 minutes.
IamDarren: no shit
IamDarren: climate change…. quick
Terry1: Oh no! I’m getting tar build up at the head. I smoke as dry as possible and I’m only an inch in. This shouldn’t happen this soon. I hope it doesn’t get any worse.
StraightUpCigars: That stinks. Might have to clip more off.
IamDarren: well that sucks
StraightUpCigars: The ash is real weak on mine like you mentioned Darren, drops off fast. Otherwise so far so good with construction.
Terry1: I heard recently that it is caused by restricted airflow. So now is a good time to experiment. I used a punch to make another hole. Draw is much looser now. Let’s see if that stops it.
IamDarren: grrrr. was trying to remove the band and i got an ash bomb in my lap
IamDarren: way too much glue on mine, can’t get ahold of it
StraightUpCigars: My dainty little office work fingers were able to remove them.
IamDarren: it didn’t turn out to be too much glue, they just put the tiny dab of glue right where it overlapped so i couldn’t grab it. Tried to slide it off and it cought the wrapper seam. Finally got it though.
IamDarren: mine is getting dryer, More of that oak and spice with less sweetness now. Maybe a hint of pepper.
StraightUpCigars: Nice description, mine is very dry right now too. Going to slow my puffing.
StraightUpCigars: Hard to do – I really like the flavor.
IamDarren: i can feel the strength picking up too, starting to salivate more
Terry1: I peeled my bands off without incident. Still getting a nice sweetness with mine. I can feel the strength building too.
IamDarren: still do like the flavor, at least there is some complexity and flavor changes
Terry1: The extra hole seemed to help the tar. It dried up. No sign of tar building up now.
IamDarren: glad you got it under control
StraightUpCigars: Nice, good to know.
IamDarren: yeah, im definitely getting some pepper now. Really ramping up. Somewhere between half way and the last third.
StraightUpCigars: This thing has some serious strength! I’m already swimming and there’s a lot of cigar left. What a beast.
Terry1: Getting some of that charred oak you mentioned. More earthy now with the sweetness coming and going. Burn is holding up. Not perfect but not needing correcting.
IamDarren: ash has really improved, burning better and just tapped off a 1 incher
Terry1: Yeah it’s really building up in strength. My head is swimming too.
IamDarren: wow, what a transition. Lips are even starting to tingle.
IamDarren: gave it a little extra rest and it mellowed just a little. Might be trying to heat up a bit
StraightUpCigars: I think it is. I’ve been letting it rest longer and it’s doing well.
Terry1: I’ve slowed down too and the flavors are picking up. Still getting the sweetness and earth but the charred note is gone.
StraightUpCigars: Interesting development, the wrapper has cracked and might unravel on mine. Guess I shouldn’t have slowed down
IamDarren: i noticed when i had the band issue that the wrapper seemed a little frail. hope it holds together
StraightUpCigars: It’s not pretty, but it’s still smoking!
Terry1: I’ve got a crack on the head of my cigar but it’s not affecting the draw.
StraightUpCigars: That’s good. Mine is truly delicious right now. What a beast though, can’t believe I’m still functional
Terry1: It’s going to be a while before I can stand up. This cigar is strong!
IamDarren: having an issue with the wifes laptop, had to move inside. Cigar is almost finished. Really turned into a powerhouse.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is finally reaching the nub. Not much longer. I can rate when you guys are ready.
Terry1: I can rate if I can still type. I’m seeing double.
StraightUpCigars: Overall, this cigar was super strong. Good flavor right to the end. Minor construction issues on mine. I see it competing with the Oliva V for instance, in which case it’s a real bargain.
IamDarren: Loved the flavor transitions. All in all it was a tasty cigar with just a few minor issues.
Terry1: Good analysis. I liked the flavor but the strength really did me in. Minor construction issues but overall worth a try. Thank you Darren for the pick.