Cigar Review: Nica Libre Esteli Especial

Basic Information: Nica Libre Esteli Especial

Size – Robusto

Wrapper – Ecuador Habano

Tobacco Blend – Nicaragua

Pricing – $4.00

Body – Medium (+)


This Nica Libre Esteli Especial is a nice milk chocolate in color with thick claw like veins swirling through the smoke. The seams are invisible. 


Aroma – Smoked wood and Barnyard

Type of Cut – Straight 

Cold Draw – Cedar and spiciness 

After Toast:

First third –​Cedar, spice and oak hit the palate with a light pepper and nuts on the finish. The burn is wavy and ash fell at the inch mark.

Second Third – ​​Plenty of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg come out in this one followed by that cedar like note. The burn remains wavy. 

Final Third – All these flavors blend together into a brown sugar like note in the final third. Almost like taking all the ingredients and turning it into a delicious dish. The burn remains wavy. 

Suggested Pairing:

Scotch – Johnnie Walker Double Black

Wine – Groth Oakville Cab

Overall Experience:

This Nica Libre Esteli Especial is a good stick for a great price. At 4 bucks a smoke you really get a lot in terms of flavor complexity through the transitions. I think it’s a steal for these and if you come across them you should pick them up.

Nica Libre Esteli Especial