Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican
Vitola: Torpedo (6 x 52)
Brand: Villiger Cigars
Factory: ABAM Cigars SRL Dominican Republic
CigarNoise Price Range: $11 – $14
Availability: Regular Production
Source: Review Samples
Villiger La Flor De Ynclan – Opening Thoughts
What have you been doing for the last ten years? If 2007 is a bit fuzzy for you: your iPhone and the movies Superbad and 300 all celebrate the decade marking this year. While none of those is likely better by any significant margin than they were originally, Heinrich Villiger and master blender Jose Matias Maragoto labored diligently to make the Villiger La FLor De Ynclan what they hoped it would be over a decade ago. Upon it’s first release in 2007, the cigar fell short of their expectations and they discontinued production. This month, the new blend debuted at the 2017 IPCPR.
My review samples arrived in a tidy, beautiful blue box containing one of each available vitola; Robusto, Torpedo and Churchill. I am reviewing the Torpedo today. Visually, the cigar appears well constructed. It is light brown in color and features two eye-catching bands. Both bands of the cigar incorporate blue, red, and dark gray highlighted by embossed silver to create a classy look. This style of band falls into line with some of the recent rebranding of other cigars at Villiger Cigars.
Both the wrapper and foot offer intermingling floral notes, cedar, nutmeg and mild tobacco. Amidst these scents there is a generic sweetness about all of them. Clipping the pointed cap of the La Flor De Ynclan, the cold draw is slightly tight and relatively bland.
Villiger La Flor De Ynclan – First Third
Floral Notes, Citrus, Leather, Mild Coffee, Cinnamon, Cedar, White Pepper
The La Flor De Ynclan seems hesitant to get burning and I am guessing it’s the restrictive draw. With a little coaxing from the torch, I am on my way. Initially, I taste huge floral notes with a citrusy finish. These two flavors really dominate through the first inch of the cigar. Smoke production is lighter than I would like, but it is aromatic and enjoyable. Just past the inch mark, the profile is gaining complexity as leather notes mix with a mild coffee flavor. There is a nice subdued cinnamon arriving long in the finish.
Allowing a sample of smoke to drift through my sinuses, cedar has the upper hand and tows along a sharp white pepper spice. When I say sharp, I mean it’s truly hot. This combo works very well however with the cedar carrying a rich, creamy nuance.
The ash is solid and holds tight until right before the end of this first third. Even thought the profile didn’t transition much during the first portion, it still feels complex on the palate. I should also note as I moved towards the middle third, smoke production made par, leaving my initial observations behind.
Villiger La Flor De Ynclan – Middle Third
Citrus, Cinnamon, Sweet Cream, Nuttiness, Mild Black Pepper, Cedar
As the ash drops just prior to this middle section, I can already sense a slight transition in flavors. The floral notes disappear, allowing citrus and cinnamon the lions share of the profile. A very subdues sweet cream arrives, complimenting the cinnamon nicely. The sweetness isn’t “in your face” at all. It’s well hidden and seems more and less obvious at times. As the sweet note falls away, a nutty finish follows and brings just a hint of black pepper to the tip of the tongue. With the present sweetness, the nuttiness seems a lot like cashew.
A medium-thick burn line graces La Flor De Ynclan and while not razor sharp, it is only slightly wavy and thus far, maintenance free. The draw still has not opened up to where I’d like it to be. It hasn’t led to issues with the cigar staying lit, but it is a noticeable amount of work to get air through this stick.
Retrohaling smoke in the middle of this cigar remains a familiar experience. Cedar notes followed by a pepper spice. The heated white pepper from the first third is gone and a more bodied, black pepper is in it’s place.
Nearing the end of the middle section I end up applying one small burn correction right after the ash falls. It appears the wrapper, for whatever reason, burned slower than the binder and filler. I torch it down to bring things into alignment again.
Villiger La Flor De Ynclan – Final Third
Dried Fruit, Mild Cedar, Coffee, Leather, Mild Pepper, Cedar
Again, just as I start the final section of La Flor De Ynclan, the ash falls in one piece marking only the second separation. The construction of this cigar is very good as evidenced by the solid, persistent ash. It seems the ash falling from the end of the cigar is a signal for things to change up.
For the first time, the profile actually makes a pretty major shift as a dried fruit flavor begins to build. It’s difficult to describe but it is has a real fruity character to it. Following the leader, mild cedar notes intermixed with coffee and leather bring a meatier distinction to the mixture. The dried fruit note is lighter while the other flavors offer more fullness. The draw has opened up considerably as well. This change makes me wonder if the transition of flavors is brought on by more airflow.
The burn is trying to run away from me in one area and I touch things up to make the world right again. This final third brings the same combo in retrohale: cedar and black pepper. The cedar is smooth, the black pepper is relatively mild and flavorful. One hour and thirty-five minutes later, our smoking experience is exhausted.
Enjoyable flavor profile
Great value vs experience
Two minor burn corrections
Tough draw first 2/3's
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