Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Vitola: 5 x 50 Robusto
Brand: Villiger Cigars
Factory: Joya de Nicaragua, Esteli
CigarNoise Price Range: $8 – $10
Availability: Regular Production
Source: Villiger supplied the review sample
Villiger La Vencedora Robusto – Opening Thoughts
When 2017 finds your newest premium cigar release in the Top 25 according to Cigar Aficionado, elevated expectations will surround your next release. On January 24th, 2018, a press release introduced the Villiger La Vencedora Robusto to the premium cigar market. La Vencedora, translating as “The Victor”, represents Villiger’s “first ever full-bodied Villiger cigar.” 2018 also marks the 130th anniversary of the company chaired by Heinrich Villiger.
The Habano Oscuro leaf surrounding La Vencedora carries a rich and elegant appearance. Reddish hues and deep brown color also lend to the premium appearance of this new addition to the Villiger line. The cigar is quite firm and all of the visible construction clues affirm this cigar is expertly made. Surprisingly, the wrapper is void of any clear clues regarding what may be in store once La Vencedora is lit. Both the wrapper and foot offer only mild tobacco and light coffee scents. I use a straight cut to remove just a bit of the cap. In turn, I’m rewarded with access to a perfect draw resistance. La Vencedora continues to hide it’s hand, offering only mild tobacco and light coffee flavors in the cold draw.
Villiger La Vencedora Robusto – First Third
Oak, Charred Toast, Earth, Coffee, Baking Spice, Black Pepper, Red Pepper
Carefully lighting the foot of the cigar, heavy notes of oak bring along charred or burnt toast, dark earth flavors, coffee and baking spices. The profile finishes with a powerful mixture of black and red pepper spice. As this list of flavors march by, there is a citrus note hanging out on the corner watching the show. It adds an interesting twist to the overall dark feel of the profile.
Part way through the first third and I’m finding the mixture of pepper spices really hanging on my palate long after expelling the smoke. Speaking of smoke, La Vencedora is a smoke machine! Even in the rest, this stick wafts smoke in an effort to remind me I need to take another puff. The char line is a little wavy and as I near the end of this first third, it becomes apparent I will need to apply a relatively significant correction.
The flavors march right through the first third without much transition or change. I am enjoying the darker profile of the cigar, but if the middle section brings some transitions it will help point towards more complexity in the blend.
Villiger La Vencedora Robusto – Middle Third
Cedar, Baking Spices, Cocoa, Black Tea, Mild Tobacco, Cinnamon, Espresso, Black Pepper, White Pepper
As if reading my mind, La Vencedora begins the middle third with some earnest change. Oak changing to cedar is a welcome lead off transition. Baking spices and hints of cocoa swirl around the middle of the mix. Those two flavors are really providing a nice fullness to the cigar body. Notes of black tea and mild tobacco provide a reminder of the dark essence dominating the first third of the cigar.
I’ve failed to mention anything regarding my retrohale experience and I need to because this is a real bright spot in this middle section. Creamy cedar and cinnamon float through my sinuses followed by a relative barrage of black and white pepper spice. It is smooth and enjoyable even with the strong peppery finish.
The ash on the La Vencedora has been pretty solid through the middle part of the cigar. I occasionally see a flake or two falling from the cigar but it isn’t messy at all. The draw remains perfect as well. It’s open without feeling overly “airy”. Smoke production continues to impress as well adding to the overall experience in a positive way.
This cigar is definitely the boldest Villiger I have experienced. To that note, it seems the intentions of the company have been met in efforts to create a “potent, full-bodied experience.”
Villiger La Vencedora Robusto – Final Third
Charred Cedar, Tobacco, Earth, Black Pepper, Citrus, Cinnamon, Espresso, Unidentified Sweetness
Charging right into the final third of La Vencedora, the profile seems to be reverting back towards the first third. The creamy cedar in the middle third is now charred cedar. Darker notes of tobacco and earth build the middle of the mixture. Rounding out the mixture, and lingering long on the palate, is black pepper. Citrus also makes a veiled entrance into the medley as it did in the beginning stage. Cedar and cinnamon join to continue an enjoyable retrohale. Not to be outdone, black pepper appears here as well with a certain sharpness.
Strangely enough, there is a bit of sweetness winding through the entire profile in this third. I am unable to really identify it but honestly, as it blends with the earth notes in the mix it really reminds me of honey. Imagine mixing just a little honey in a cup of really strong tea. That’s exactly the level of sweetness here.
Construction continues to be a relative non-issue as well. I applied one correction in the first third and one in this final third when the burn started to run a little on one side of the cigar.
The marching order continues right to the end of La Vencedora as I reach the point where I must put the cigar down because there just isn’t enough to hold on to. La Vencedora Robusto provided me one hour and ten minutes of smoking pleasure.
Minor Burn Issues
Similar 1st and Final Thirds
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