At the IPCPR 2015 in New Orleans one of the new products Jack Torano talked about was the budget focused NicaTabaco line. Designed to compete against the very popular Quorum line from JC Newman, prices will range from $34 for a 20 count bundle up to $45. If you’re doing your math correctly, that makes the single stick price range from $1.70 – $2.25. The name for the line comes from their factory in Nicaragua, the Fabrica Nicatabaco.
Sizes will be Robusto (4-7/8x50), Toro (5-7/8x52), Toro Deluxe (5x56), Torpedo (6-1/2x52), Yanquee (6x60) and a Churchill (7x50).
Check out our interview with Jack Torano:
Check out my video review here:
The nose on the NicaTabaco Factory Blend No. 2 (NTFB2 for short?) is barnyard and aged wood on the wrapper. I’m picking up some fresh hay in the foot.
I used a single v-cut and found the draw slightly on the tight side.
The first third opens up dry cedar on the draw, and some slight creaminess on the retrohale. The flavor strength here is solidly in the light spectrum. As the first third develops I’m able to get some hints of cocoa and some cedar lingering between the draws.
The profile in the middle third is almost entirely cedar. I do get nuttiness on the retrohale. As the middle third continues there is some bitter earth that comes through but soon drops off.
No new flavors to report in the last third, just an extension of the middle third.
These definitely aren’t going to push the envelope in terms of flavor complexity, but I guarantee at this price point B&Ms will be hard pressed to keep the NicaTabaco Factory blend No. 2 in stock.
Most of the pairings are going to run over this cigar, but it’d be fun to pair with a bourbon, cocktail or a lager on a hot day.