Man I sure do love getting cigars from my fellow reviewers I know nothing about. Rob and I exchange packages from time to time, and recently he snuck in a La Barba for me to review in the box pressed robusto size. A little research on La Barba’s website let out that the name La Barba stands for, “The Beard.” Being one whom believes in the power of the beard, I was intrigued when I saw the band of the cigar, and had a good chuckle when I realized what the name stood for. I could not find any info on their website in regard to blend info, only that it seems they are produced by Wynwood, which is connected to CLE. They do claim to follow classic Cuban sizes, and follow suit with smaller ring gauges cigars. Blend info from several sources includes Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco, with a Honduran Corojo wrapper.
Dry Draw: tastes like BBQ for some reason
First Third: Instantly, the La Barba tastes Cuban to me, which I cannot say about many cigars. Typically, when reviewers say this, it pisses me off unless they use a comparison that one can compare the flavor profile too. In this case, the La Barba reminded me of a Party Short in the initial flavors. However, it quickly moved away from this so maybe my mind was reading into the description on the site. There was a heavy spice on the retrohale, with cocoa powder on the draw. The finish had more spice then a Cuban, and was not nearly as clean. Lingering cedar notes rounded out the first third, and my initial comparison proved to be fleeting.
Second Third: The spice mellowed a bit, but still lingered on the finish. The La Barba was never more than medium-full for a short time, but had enough spice full-bodied smokers may appreciate it. Cocoa was still lingering behind the spice, specifically a mild red pepper. The retrohale had the most complexity, balanced between the cocoa and pepper notes.
Final Third: Brown sugar entered the picture on the draw, sitting mid tongue as a nice compliment to the mild red pepper and cocoa. The La Barba backed down to a smooth medium at this point and continued along the same profile for the duration of the cigar.
Construction: No issues
Final Thoughts: This is a nice cigar for the medium-bodied fan whom likes a little spice in their life. I have a feeling this blend will hit the palates of the full-bodied fan as a changeup or first cigar of the day. I would not be surprised to see a lot of people gravitate to the blend given the body balanced with the spice. The blenders did a great job in that regard to the La Barba, and I must say I appreciate the smaller sizes. Thanks to Rob for sending me this to review.