Do you know who Sam Leccia is? If not, Google it (click here), or ask Seth. The guy came out of the gate last year with two blends that kicked ass at IPCPR. This year, he has graced us with the Luchador, based on Mexican wrestlers, which honestly makes me love the guy even more. I really dug what he did with the Leccia Black last year and it is a regular change of pace cigar for me that employs fire cured tobacco, which I love as a pipe smoker. Wraslin+cigars=badass. I will not bore you with semantics, I had to get my hands on one, and an amazing BOTL named Trident sent me one in a Make a Wish on the Cigar.com forums in the El Castigo size 6x60, which translates to punishment…bring it bitch.
Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Pennsylvania Ligero , Honduras Ligero, Nicaraguan, Ometepe
Dry Draw: Dark earth notes, light spices, possibly some fruit
First Third: At this point, I had not looked up any blend info, so I was curious to see how this juggernaut would start out, and really, the blend was rather smooth and medium bodied. Dark cocoa was the main note, with a nice smooth finish, and a dash of red pepper on the retro tail. Espresso notes began to pick up on the retrohale as I progressed, and the main note really was a dry chocolate note that sat on the tongue. I did get a bit of an uneven burn, but nothing a few rotations could not cure.
Second Third: The pepper definitely subsided, and developed into more of a cumin taste, accentuating the earth from the dry draw. The chocolate flavors were very smooth and tasty at that point, almost dessert like in nature. I really dug the middle, although the finish was a bit fresh for my tastes. The chocolate at the midpoint reminded me of German chocolate you get in the 70-80% cocoa range that is not bitter, just rich and dark in complexity. A brown ale, porter, or cream stout would go well with the Luchador.
Final Third: Not much change took place, and the Luchador stayed a solid medium. I did pick up some hints of sugar on the draw, and the retro had a bit more spice. The finish was still as smooth as can be, the chocolate notes became a bit lighter. The profile moved more towards a light roast coffee for the ending.
Construction: nothing to report, other than the band is straight up badass
Final Thoughts: 87 to 89 Five Pack. Personally, I would not buy this size again, so truly, my rating would be lower based on the Cigar Federation scale, and I am hesitant to give a specific rating. However, my love for the Leccia Black and the overall flavor of the cigar has me intrigued to buy a fiver of the El Guapo size, which is 6x50. I do not feel justified in giving a lower rating based on size, as the quality of the cigar has me wanting to buy a fiver of a size I would enjoy. It is entirely possible I may rate the El Guapo higher once I smoke it. Given the lack of spice, I do not think heavy Nicaraguan smokers will really dig this cigar like Logan or Matt. The Leccia Luchador in the El Castigo size is a medium-bodied smoker’s cigar. I really liked the black, and bought a couple fivers, and I could see this one being similar, as it is a nice change of pace from my typical Cuban smokes, without blowing my palate out. I am not surprised to find out after the review it used Ometepe, as I seem to love anything blended with it. I think pairing with a dark beer would be awesome, especially after a rich meal. I dug it, and I dig what Leccia is doing in the industry. In addition, Leccia is a Fender guy, and always has strats and teles on instagram, so I am a bit biased as a Fender nut myself.