Sam Leccia is back in the cigar business. With his newly formed Leccia Cigars he has created two cigars which launched at IPCPR this year. These being the Leccia White and Leccia Black. I figured I would start with the Leccia Back since it has some fire cured tobacco people have been buzzing about.
Size: 5 x 52
Binder: Nicaraguan Rosado
Filler: Esteli Ligero, Dominican Republic, Mata Fina, and Fire Cured Tobacco
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two
Smoking Time: 60 Minutes
Price Point: $7.3
Cigar Purchased: Jerad got two of these for me at his local shop.
Setting the Context
We have been getting an ass pile of rain lately in Texas, which never happens. On Saturday I was planning to write this review outside during the day, but the rain kept me from it. I was forced to retreat into the garage.
I actually finished putting the final touches on this review on a airplane heading back to Austin.
It was about what you would expect from any cigar. One odd thing that did happen was when I cut the cap. I had to make several cuts with my Xikar Multi Tool. This was due to the tobacco being folded over in the cap of the cigar. It was really strange. I was having the most difficult time getting air through the cigar but once I had cut deep enough, it opened right up.
When Matt reviewed the Fat Molly, he made a few comments about how he could smell the KFC tobacco when he just opened up his humidor. This is not the case with the Leccia Black.
When I nosed the cigar I knew exactly what I smelled. I know what I am about to say is going to let everyone know about my redneck upbringing in Central Missouri, but I don’t care. People have said that KFC tobacco tastes like BBQ, smoke, and what not. I do not doubt these people because every palate is different, but I picked up something completely different.
Ok here we go. I hate to admit this but I chewed for about ten years. I played a lot of baseball growing up and everyone chewed. I personally chewed fresh Copenhagen. On an unrelated side note, I quit about four years ago and it was the best thing I ever did.
When I smelled the foot and did a cold draw on the Leccia Black I was transported back to the days of chewing Copenhagen. It smells EXACTLY the same, at least to me. Unless you have chewed Copenhagen before you will have no idea what I am talking about. Honestly, I can’t wait to smoke this cigar to see what happens. I seriously took about 15 cold draws from the Leccia Black - I loved the Copenhagen flavors so much.
Off the bat the Copenhagen flavors I was expecting weren’t really there. I got a little of the saltiness, some pepper, but the bite wasn’t there. Frankly, it was kind of a letdown. Some rich leather notes come out against a very faint sweetness. There were hints that the fire cured tobacco was going to come out and play, but he never did. The ash was almost black with hints of white. I was surprised in how squishy the Leccia Black became, even only into the first ¼ of the overall cigar.
The body builds in the second half of the Leccia Black. Flavor profile remains dominated by leather and there are some hits of sweetness and black pepper that raise their head, and then quickly go away. The smoke had almost a mesquite flavor to it. I would compare it to when you are smoking a brisket or ribs and using mesquite wood.
The Leccia black burns perfectly and booms a ton of smoke. There are points in which I get a little of the Copenhagen taste on my lips but that is it. The black pepper really kicked up in the final stretch. I also has some the earthiness come out from the Rosado, but I was really searching for it.
The Leccia Black for me is like Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde. Before it was lit I would have told you it would have made my Top 10 list this year but once it was lit the experience was frankly a little underwhelming. Maybe I was going into this smoking looking for something special and didn’t find it. The overall smoke was balanced and I really enjoyed the leather flavors but there was very little else going on to keep my attention from a complexity perspective.
I think the price point is dead on but where the Leccia Black missed the target was showing the KFC aromas up front and not delivering it during the smoke. I can honestly see myself buying a few more not to smoke, but to just cut and take cold draws from.
For being my first fire cured tobacco cigar, I am frankly disappointed. I personally have no idea what will happen when you add more KFC tobacco to a cigar, but I think the Leccia Black could have used more. I know you have to blend a cigar for the masses but for me it was just such a letdown to smell the fire cured tobacco but not taste it.
I would say buy one to see the cold draw, but that would be about it.
I need to get my hands on the Drew Estate KFC.
I am going to guess all the cigars with fire cured tobacco are going to be super aromatic but the KFC won’t come through once the cigar is lit.