The VegaFina Nicaragua cigar is a Nicaraguan puro. The wrapper looks really nice and the draw is perfect after cutting. Once lit up, we got nutty and spicy flavor with some sweetness and a tangy (tannin) finish. Very complex mix of subtle flavors that are well balanced. Towards the end of the cigar a coffee flavor came into the mix. Overall, we were blown away by the very complex and delicious flavor profile. Both cigars had minor construction issues, but that was the only negative. This is a strong cigar, being all Nicaraguan tobacco. We highly recommend this one, it’s a real knockout!
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
StraightUpCigars: Got this one cut, it’s got a real nice draw. Just a mellow smelling wrapper, but a bunch of spice on the cold draw.
Terry1: The wrapper looks a bit dry on the Vega Fina Nicaraguan. Wow, there is a funky note on the cold draw. I’ve never tasted this before. Sort of a black walnut note. Draw is good. Ready to light.
StraightUpCigars: Lighting up.
StraightUpCigars: Black walnut? That may be what I’m tasting right now. Very nutty, for sure. Also a healthy amount of spice on the finish and some faint sweetness too. Pretty complex start.
Terry1: My grandparents had a black walnut tree. Had a very unique taste. Different than the walnuts you get in the store. That cold draw took me right back to being a kid and eating those nuts. Funny how memories work.
StraightUpCigars: We’ve got a ton of black walnuts here too, I haven’t ever dried them and eaten them though. Mostly people complain about what they do to their mowers
StraightUpCigars: I am getting a tangy acidity right now, what I imagine is referred to as tannins.
Terry1: The first few puffs had the same flavors you mentioned. Bold spices and a faint sweetness. Now that I’m into the cigar the spice is easing back a notch and the sweetness has increased. Not detecting any tannins yet.
StraightUpCigars: My burn is all over the place, I’ve had to do a correction already. It doesn’t seem to be affecting the flavor at all, it’s tasting really good right now.
StraightUpCigars: The price isn’t as bad on these as I would have guessed. They’re about $6 ea.
StraightUpCigars: Provided free of charge by Altadis, of course.
Terry1: So far my burn is great. Okay now I’m getting the tannins on the finish. Dries out my mouth. There are a couple of flavors going on that I can’t pin down. Keeps me interested.
Terry1: I had to go back and read our review on the other Vega Fina we smoked. I remembered we liked it. I also remember trying to buy more and they were gone. Looks like these are readily available.
StraightUpCigars: Yep, CI has these ready to go. I had to do a burn correction again, but that flavor is really delivering right now. Spice ramped up on mine.
Terry1: Great, my neighbor is barbequing something. All I can smell is grilled meat! Not a bad smell but it’s messing with what I’m getting from the cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Lol! Hopefully it’s atleast good stuff and not dog chow.
Terry1: Smells like steaks. I really wish there was more information about the different leaves used. Fillers from Nicaragua doesn’t tell you much. I think there is a unique leaf in this blend. I can taste something unusual in the background but can’t quite identify it. It’s like that fire cured or barrel age stuff. I’m enjoying it but it’s got me scratching my head.
StraightUpCigars: I suspect you’re right, I could see there being a barrel ages leaf in there.
StraightUpCigars: Both bands slid right off.
Terry1: Okay here is my best guess. I’m tasting a honey sweetness, mild baker’s spice, a floral note, roasted nuts and a slight tannin on the finish. One of the more complex cigars I’ve had recently. Interesting and tasty cigar so far.
Terry1: My burn has behaved but the ash is flaky on my cigar. Flowers when it gets about a half inch long.
StraightUpCigars: Here’s what I’d call it. Nutty and earthy core flavors with a dry tangy finish. Also hints of white pepper and a very faint sweetness. Agreed, this is one complex cigar.
Terry1: My bands were too tight to slide off. But they peeled off easily.
StraightUpCigars: My cigar is REALLY spongy, like there’s nothing in there. That must be the reason the ash is flaky and the burn is wonky. Who am I to complain, though – the flavors are perfection.
Terry1: I hadn’t noticed that but mine is spongy too. Agree with the flavors. Very good and very different from what I usually smoke.
Terry1: For being spongy the draw is great on mine and it’s not burning hot yet.
StraightUpCigars: Same here, could be worse. Final third may be interesting though.
StraightUpCigars: We got a box full of the IPCPR samples from General today. Going to see if Altadis follows suit and then get them mailed out.
Terry1: Wow that’s great! Looking forward to those.
StraightUpCigars: Got 2 Dunhills in there, I don’t think we’ve ever reviewed one. The Heritage and DSR Suprema.
Terry1: Those nutty notes are more noticeable now as I get into the final third. Strength is starting to appear.
Terry1: We reviewed one called 1907. I remember liking that one. Still haven’t tried the standard Dunhill yet.
StraightUpCigars: That’s right, I forgot about that one.
StraightUpCigars: The remainder of the cap started peeling since it’s sopping wet (pretty common for me), so I unraveled it to remove it – only this cap is actually a part of the wrapper leaf itself so I stuck it back on there, not a separate piece of leaf. That must be incredibly hard to roll.
Terry1: Damn I hope you can finish the cigar. Spice is almost gone on mine now. Just a pleasant sweetness and the nuts.
StraightUpCigars: Oh yeah, the cigar is perfectly in tact, luckily I noticed right away so I didn’t pull the whole wrapper off!
Terry1: This cigar reminds me of one of those Munch peanut bars. Strength is still around a medium and I’m noticing it’s starting to get hot.
Terry1: Okay I need to revise the strength. It’s getting strong. I just tried to stand up and nearly fell over.
StraightUpCigars: Lol! I was surprised you were calling it medium, I can definitely feel it. Typing is getting more difficult.
StraightUpCigars: This is a hoss of a cigar. I think robusto length would have been about perfect.
Terry1: I’d agree with that.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is heating up and taking on more of a coffee flavor. As if it needed to get more complex…
StraightUpCigars: I’ve got a little left, but it’s heating up and won’t last. I’m ready to rate if you are.
Terry1: I’m done. This cigar is getting too strong for me now.
StraightUpCigars: Incredibly complex flavor profile and fun smoking experience. Points of for ash issues and 2 burn corrections. Overall it’s an excellent cigar and a must try.
Terry1: Great tasting cigar. Unique flavors. I’d like to try the robusto size. Maybe it wouldn’t get as strong. The strength really hit me in that last third. Definite recommend trying this one. Thanks to Altadis for letting us try the Vega Fina Nicaragua.