The Luchador is an exotic 5 country cigar blend handcrafted in Nicaragua consisting of very unique tobaccos. A San Luchador leaf surrounds the habano binder leaf grown in Ecuador. The filler uses viso from Esteli, Nicaragua with ligero From Pennsylvania-USA and Jamastran, Honduras. Centering the blend is a distinctive tobacco from Ometepe, Nicaragua.Ometepe is an island formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua in the Republic of Nicaragua. Its name derives from the Nahuatl words ome (two) and tepetl (mountain), meaning two mountains. It is the largest volcanic island inside a fresh water lake in the world.
This is the third blend from the Sam Leccia camp, and appropriately it was released on Cinco de Mayo, a nod to the fact that “luchador” means “wrestler” in Spanish. This is Sam Leccia Luchador, and it will hit your palate like a folding chair to the dome.
The Luchador blend uses 3 tobaccos grown in Volcanic soil: the Ometepe, Habano and San Andres. The soil in these regions is so rich that little to no fertilization is necessary.
The blend is medium to full, providing a complex array of flavors from sweet to spicy with the strength building throughout the smoking experience. Lecciatobacco.com
First look is a stunning Mexican San Andres Wrapper glistening with oil, notable vein with slight visible seam. The label is draped in the colors of the Mexican flag masked with something you would see on the “lucha Vavoom” traveling wrestling circuit that makes its way throughout the country with regular stops in Los Angeles. “I wanted to create something fun, yet different and exciting,” said Leccia. “With Luchador being a combination of exotic blends and flavors with a Mexican wrapper, I thought it was time to tap into my childhood fascination of Mexican pro wrestling“. I remember getting up early on Saturday mornings watching the WWF some of my favorites were the Hart Foundation and the Road Warriors. On the mask we see double L’s signifying “Lucha Libre” or “Leccia Libre” which is apropos given the theme. Sam’s signature is on the left, with Luchador on the right, on the back reads Leccia Tobacco. The cigar has an open foot with a nipple cap. Pre-light aroma smelled of wonderful dark chocolate, coffee and cedar with a muted bakers spice.
Upon first light there was an immediate flavor of black pepper, dark roast coffee and sweet nuances of dark chocolate and burnt cinnamon. Leather, earth and orange peel were noted on the spicy finish.
CRUISE CONTROL BURN
After cruise control burn the black pepper, dark roast coffee and chocolate notes remain consistent with the black pepper being felt on the mid palate and in the back of the throat. Charred cedar, earth and black licorice are background flavors with a slight floral note of ginger snap on the finish.
Was very good with no notable soft spots, slight crooked burn on first light that quickly corrected itself. A concert of flavors crescendoed then leveled off multiple times with the core flavor of pepper hitting on all notes. The five country blend of the Luchador consistent and complex hitting the HIGH med to Full bodied profile. The ash was compact but fell on its own sitting on the edge of the ashtray, a few Re-lights were required on the final third that actually nicely intensified the toasty flavors with the fresh flame. The draw had the perfect amount of resistance allowing copious amounts of thick creamy white smoke.
Recommended pairings from Lecciatobacco.com
Cuestion Tequila, Spiced Rum, Espresso
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigar Smoke Rate: 9-1o
Size: 6 x 50 El Guapo
Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: Equadorian Habano
Filler: Pennsylvania Ligero, Honduras Ligero, Nicaraguan, Ometepe
San Andres: Cuban-seed tobacco harvested in Mexico’s San Andres region, San Andres wrapper comes in a variety of shades but is noted for its smooth and toasty qualities accompanying a sweetness you find in almost every maduro. This wrapper pairs well with most any filler making it a prime choice for blenders.