Wrapper:  Nicaraguan Criollo 98
Binder:  Nicaraguan
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Vitola:  Robusto (5 1/2 x 54)
Brand:  Fonseca
Factory:  Plasencia Cigars S.A.
CigarNoise Price Range:  $5 – $7
Availability:  Regular Production
Source:  IPCPR 2016

Fonseca Nicaragua – Initial Thoughts

The Fonseca Nicaragua sports a new band and is the first nicaraguan puro for the brand.  On a side note, it’s nice to see a cigar labeled Nicaragua(n) that uses more than just a a cursory pinch of Nicaraguan tobaccos like the Avo Syncro Nicaragua.

My cigar feels well made and has a presentation that exceeds it’s pricepoint by a good margin.  If looks were everything, I definitely would’ve guessed that this particular Fonseca would command an $8-10 MSRP.

Nosing the foot, several things come together all at once: earth, hickory, cocoa powder, leather, and scents very much like old library books.  If this cigar has half the complexity of the pre-light inspection, this will be a great day!

Fonseca Nicaragua – Flavors

My very first impressions are of mild pepper, salt, and chocolatey leather with a dry, earthy finish.  Pepper quickly takes on a more leading roll in subsequent puffs as the earthy finish lengthens until it almost overstays its welcome.  Luckily for me, after a few minutes everything starts to play nice and come together.

Dry earth relents around the half inch mark, allowing the chocolatey leather sensations to take the leading role.  Black peppercorn also becomes more prominent, yielding both the peppercorn tasting notes as well as a healthy dose of the spice.  Burning a little further, a wonderful creaminess works its way into the texture that makes up for the rough start.

The second third begins with a plot twist:  salty leather and overwhelming earth take the stage by force as a muskiness settles in for what appears to be the long haul.  I like to think that these flavors would be interesting with different pairings, but I can say without a doubt that I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with water alone.

And the last third doesn’t seem fit to grace me with anything else.  If you like salt, earth, and leather, this here is a Monster just waiting for you to bait it.  If you don’t, I highly suggest looking elsewhere.

Bottom Line:  After the first third, this cigar becomes a Salty, Earthy, Leathery bomb.

Fonseca Nicaragua – Construction

Mechanically, this cigar performs really well.  The burn line remained maintenance-free throughout the entire 100 mins of enjoyment and the char line was nice and crisp.

The draw was a little tighter than I prefer, but just barely so, and it always allowed for ample smoke production.

If Fonseca’s intentions were to construct an excellent cigar for roughly $5, they certainly accomplished it.


Cigar Reviews: Fonseca Nicaragua Robusto
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Not for Me

The Fonseca Nicaragua never got off the ground for me, instead it was constantly overshadowed by earthy, salty, and leathery components. But I understand that while this is a non-starter for me, it isn't for everyone and I've adjust the value rating to reflect both my personal experience as well as what I think is fair. What's there is there in abundance, and if you're into that sort of thing you won't be disappointed.
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Dave West

Editor and Contributor at CigarNoise
Identifying as a Cigar Enthusiast more than an Aficionado, I enjoy trying new cigars and attempting to annotate my experience. Disclosure: As of June 2017, I began writing for SmallBatchCigar.com and will no longer be reviewing SBC exclusives
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